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Old 04-01-2009, 04:00 AM
 
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Just about all of us have heard things like
"Sit up straight"
"Stand up straight"
"Stop leaning"
Being said to someone with bad posture, (I've been told this sooo many times) But of course it only works for the second.

Now I'd like some advice on how to get a good posture since the one i got right now sucks.

What I've done so far:
Trained up the muscels in the back, (about 9 months)
Core training (about 6 months)

It haven't helped much....
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Old 04-01-2009, 08:30 AM
 
Location: Where the sun likes to shine!!
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I think you have to "constantly" remind yourself to sit and stand straight. You have done well with training your muscles now you just have to practice. I am a terrible sloucher so I know how you feel.

When you sit in a chair sit all the way back with your feet flat on the ground. Don't cross your legs.
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Old 04-01-2009, 10:03 AM
 
Location: Southeastern North Carolina
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Yoga helped me with my posture. I slouched until about age 45, when I started practicing yoga, which almost immediately improved my posture. I had tried all sorts of other exercises and such over the years, nothing else helped me.
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Old 04-06-2009, 09:42 PM
 
Location: Brevard, NC
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Adding some stretching may also help, especially to "open up" the rib cage. Another thing to pay attention to is head position. You may try to push back your shoulders but often that leaves the head jutting forward. I read this tip once: lower your chin to your chest (as best you can) then roll the head back up so it is balanced on the top of your spine.
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Old 04-06-2009, 09:54 PM
 
Location: SoCal
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pilates
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Old 04-06-2009, 10:01 PM
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Location: Way beyond the black stump.
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Walk around the house with a book balanced flat on your head, whenever you're sitting eating, get that book out again, (you'll have to sit up straight to look at what you're eating to prevent the book from falling). When you're out, imagine that book on your head, walking or sitting. Do this long enough and it should improve posture somewhat...practice makes perfect.

You could always pretend you are better than anyone else, look down on people as though you own the footpath you're walking on, or restaurant you're eating at. Pretending, that's what it's all about, take notice of all the 'big shots' and guess if they are for real, or pretending, the only thing they may have that others don't is money, other than that they eat, sleep and go to the loo the same as you and I do. There you go, can't get any more basic than that can you. Let your arrogant self come out <grin>.
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Old 09-19-2010, 02:52 AM
 
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You have done well with training your muscles now you just have to practice. I am a terrible sloucher so I know how you feel.
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Old 09-19-2010, 04:55 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles area
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I agree about yoga. Please try it. I started yoga at age 62 and wish I had started at a younger age.
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Old 09-19-2010, 04:59 PM
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Location: Coastal Georgia
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I agree about pilates. The few sessions I've had focused on your core and alignment of your body.
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Old 09-20-2010, 01:28 AM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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I think you have to "constantly" remind yourself to sit and stand straight. You have done well with training your muscles now you just have to practice. I am a terrible sloucher so I know how you feel.

When you sit in a chair sit all the way back with your feet flat on the ground. Don't cross your legs.
I was going to say the opposite. When sitting in your computer chair or at the dining table, sit right up on the front edge of the chair, which will make you sit up straighter.

Stand against a wall, with your shoulder blades and the small of your back and the back of your head all touching the wall, and try to keep your head as straight as possible. Hold it for 30 seconds. Do it several times a day. That will strengthen muscles in your lower abdomen to so you can stand straight tirelessly.

Walk around for a half hour a day with a book balanced on your head. African women have perfect posture, and they carry a heavy jug of water balanced on their head every day several miles from the well to their house. Carrying the weight is only possible with their back straight. But no need to overdo it, a book will do.
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