Straighten Up: Tips for a Better Posture

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No amount of exercise will give you that hot bod you’re after if you don’t have good posture. Good posture will do more to keep you looking youthful as the years go by than a face-lift or Botox. And the benefits of maintaining your bone health are much more than skin-deep.  Below are some tips and exercises that will straighten you up.

 

ASSESS YOUR POSTURE:

Wear something form-fitting and take two full-body photos – one from the front and one from the side.  Relax your muscles and stand as tall as you can, feet hip-width apart. Check out the fix-it plan below to diagnose your posture problems.

1.  Ears –Your ears should be in line with the middle of your shoulders.  It one or both is in front of the midpoint of your shoulder, your head is too far forward.

2.  Shoulders – Are they even?  One should not appear higher than the other. 

3.  Hips and Abdomen – Can you draw a straight line across from one hip to the other? If not, note if one hip is higher or forward from the other side.  Does your belly pooch forward?

4.  Knees - Do your kneecaps both point forward?  Note if they point inward or outward.  

5.  Ankles and Toes – Are your ankles supporting your legs or do they collapse inward or outward?  Do your toes line up and face the direction you are standing.  If not, note if they are pointed outward (duck-footed) or inward (pigeon toed).

 

PROPER FORM

Your back should have an elongated “S” shape when viewed from the side.

1.  Ears – Hold your head high and straight without tilting it forward or to the side.  Your ears should be in line with the middle of your shoulders.

2.  Shoulders – Pull your shoulder blades back and down to lift your breastbone.

3.  Hips and Abdomen – Tuck your abdomen in, but be careful not to tilt your pelvis forward or backward.  Lengthen your torso out of your pelvis as if someone was pulling you up from the top of your head.

4.  Knees – Keep your knees slightly bent and shoulder-width apart.

5.  Ankles and Toes – Think “up” as you line up your ankles and position your feet forward so that they can provide the support your body needs.

 

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