Good Posture: It's Not About Sitting And Standing Up Straight
A good posture is great for your health, can do wonders for your image, and will prevent many aches, pains and sporting injuries.
But what is the best posture? How do you know if yours is good or bad? And, more to the point, how do you get it?
The good news is improving your posture requires less work than you think - more about this later.
It's a myth that exercises and corrective programs, or sitting and standing up straight will lead to a good posture. In fact, many of the popular ways to improve it can make it worse.
And in my opinion, they're a complete waste of time - because they do nothing to change the root cause of poor posture; habit.
A common habit is to misuse the lower back muscles and either slump, or tighten them in an attempt to correct posture. (Take a look at the video further down this page of an exercise that can help to change it.)
So What Is The Ideal Posture?
Over the last fifteen years I have taught The Alexander Technique to thousands of people of all ages and abilities.
And, if I've learnt one thing in all that time, it's that few of us know how to correct our posture. And that's because the bad habits we've learnt over the years, stop us from remembering what good posture feels like!
By the way, if you want to know why I've put the picture of the building blocks on the right - it's one of the images I use with my clients. In many cases it helps people to instantly correct their posture with no effort at all!
Curious? Check out my quick and simple tip to improve your posture - it only takes a minute and can make a big difference.
And here's a clue - see the diagram below, and guess which person would have the best posture?
It's Easier Than You Think!
One thing stopping many people getting a good posture is they try too hard. The best posture is NOT about standing or sitting up straight. This is just tightening your back and leg muscles and forcing yourself into a rigid position.
Here's the hard truth -
If you knew what a good posture was ... you would already have it!
So there's no point trying to stand and sit straight.
For example, compare the different sitting positions in the photographs below and click on the photo or link below to check yours.
These subtle actions will bring about small changes in your body's muscles as release undue tension to allow your body's natural reflexes to work.
A good body shape is attained by NOT trying.
Posture Exercise Video
Try this quick exercise while sitting at your PC. It can help to remind you how to 'use' your back and pelvis together to achieve an easier upright posture.
When you've finished, try resting in the upright position and see if it takes less effort to sit poised.
This is one of 10 videos I use in my posture program -see below.
How To Improve Your Posture Without Exercise
I have written this guide (includes 10 short videos) to help you get a great posture without the need to exercise. It's based on fifteen years of teaching these proven techniques to my clients.
You'll be pleased to hear it doesn't involve a single exercise! Just simple, easy-to-follow steps to get a better posture fast. In fact, you'll discover how to use less effort to stand, sit, walk and run to let your natural posture appear in days. And, I'm so confident it will work for you - I guarantee the results.
For more information please see my program for a good posture.