Fit Tip: Improve Your Posture in a Snap!

Like many little girls, I spent a majority of my youth in ballet slippers perfecting my arabesque and chassé. I dreamed of becoming a prima ballerina. Within weeks of my first lesson I became obsessed and proclaimed to my parents that I would only walk around our home on my tiptoes. While my ballet days are far behind me, there is one thing that has stuck with me: Posture! For me, it’s something I haven’t had to think about—and for that I am grateful. However, for some ladies it’s a habit that haunts them throughout their days…and they might not even know that it could be undermining their fitness efforts!
Fit Tip: Improve Your Posture in a Snap!
In light of this month’s theme to “Be Better,” I thought posture would be an appropriate topic to cover. Not only can poor posture have negative effects on your physique (increased belly fat, double chin and varicose veins), it can also have serious implications on your health (heart strain, pinched nerves). Plus, if you’re a go-getter, posture is a must! In today’s culture, good posture communicates confidence, alertness and strength. All of these are key traits of success. Considering these facts, I thought I’d share a few of my best tips for keeping your posture in check…

5 Tips for Perfect Posture

  1. Have a ball. If you’re bound to a desk, I suggest sitting on a yoga ball. It may look totally silly, but it’s so good for your core and your posture. Here at the LC headquarters, we rotate sitting on an exercise ball.
  2. Time it. Every hour, squeeze together your shoulder blades for an instant posture pick-me-up. Also, be sure to give these stretches a try.
  3. Think up! If you feel your head or shoulders jut forward, pull them back and act as if a string were pulling you up from the top of your head.
  4. Get some help. If you sit in a chair most of the day, try getting a back pad to add some lumbar support and keep your posture in check.
  5. Remind yourself. As with all new habits, remind yourself to straighten up!

A few more pointers…

If you’re sitting… Remember to keep your neck and back in line. Also, your legs should be at a 90-degree angle to your body for optimal posture and comfort. Below is fellow LC contributor, Allison, showcasing proper seated posture:
Fit Tip: Improve Your Posture in a Snap!
If you’re standing… Keep most of the weight on the balls of your feet with your neck and back in alignment, with your stomach tucked in and shoulder blades pulled back.

If you’re lifting something… Did you know there is a proper way to lift things? Instead of bending at the waist to pick something up, it’s best to bend your knees to lower first, and then lift.

And there you have it!

Speaking of being better, have you checked out our post about the spinach swap? If not, it’s a must-read…especially for those of you who LOVE pasta (like me).

What area of your life are you trying to “be better” in? Share below and we might do a post to help you out!

Xx Alex
Team LC

Photo:BlogSpot, LaurenConrad.com
Sources: Scoi.com, Livestrong.com, Wikipedia
Categories: Alex Gariano, Get Fit
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  • Rachel Trampel

    It is really great that you did a post on this! Seriously, I had horrible posture at the office all day everyday straight out of college because I wasn’t used to sitting in a chair for 8 hours straight (except for my internship). Anyway, it is so important because I’ve injured my back from it and now that I focus on my posture, it has improved a lot.

    Also, check out some videos on YouTube for desk exercises! There are a lot out there to help with posture and for those who type a lot and get cramps in wrists, etc.

    Thanks again for sharing!

    http://www.rachelslookbook.com

  • Valeria Alvarez

    Nice post, this is a thing I have to get better at, so this post was really helpful.

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  • Melissa Panici

    Great post! I need better posture too so this is very helpful!

  • Danielle D

    I’m trying to be better with my digestive health [I know I've commented regarding this before, but it's a serious issue!] Many women have GI issues [more women than men!], and it can be completely debilitating to a woman who is affected by it frequently. A post about ways to help with digestion [nutrition, drinking more water, exercise, etc.] could be helpful to many women out there reading your site. Thanks!

  • Ashley

    Great timing for this post! I started a blog on New Year’s Day dedicated to motivating you to really go after your dreams. I’ve already posted about the importance of fitness a bit!

    Stop by: :) http://dreamliveandrepeat.blogspot.com/2013/01/monday-motivation-3.html

  • Adena Bowlin

    Thank you so much for this post! I have probably the worst posture of anyone I swear! Id be 2 inches taller if I stood up straight, it just takes so much concentration for me. I get on a roll for a while because I’m thinking about it, but once I lose thought of it I’m all slumped over again. I do now have more of a desk job than I used to, but it doesn’t matter if I’m sitting down or not my posture is horrific! This is probably a crazy thing, but I have often wanted a corset just so I would stand/sit up straight! I’m not sure my back even knows what it feels like to be perfectly straight. :( Anyway, thank you for all your posts! They are all very insightful & I enjoy reading them! Keep em comin LC! :)

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  • Hanny R

    Such a great post! I sit for more than 8hrs in a chair for my job and I’ve noticed throughout the years that it affected not only my posture by my energy level. It is true to get up every hour and take a 10 minute break to stretch and such.

    I’ve seen this article couple weeks ago on yoga poses to improve your posture:http://www.shape.com/blogs/working-it-out/yoga-poses-head-turning-body


    Hanny
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  • Julia Renkert

    This is such great advice. I sit at a desk all day every day at work and it’s really been taking a toll on my posture (surprise surprise, I used to be a dancer too!). Thanks for the reminder to improve! :)

    Julia
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  • Nikki

    Great post, I have terrible posture and it’s something I am trying to work on so I’ll be taking these tips to heart. I just bought an exercise ball last week, now I just need to inflate it :)

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  • Sydney

    This is such a great post! I always have had trouble with my posture & am trying so hard to break my bad habits! Thanks for the post.

    Sydney
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  • Heather Barnes

    I, too, was a dancer for seven years of my life and had pretty much perfect posture until my 20s. Once, my doctor jokingly told me my back was “”too straight.”” Years of English horseback riding also helped with this after I quit dance.

    However – posture is not so easy for all of us. When I was 20, I was involved in a horse riding accident that landed me directly on my spine. No serious injuries (like a broken back or anything…), but it did weaken the muscles around my back, and then my back became misaligned. Through all of this I now struggle with a pinched nerve, as well. Good posture is not only hard to achieve, it is painful.

  • Deek Labelle

    What if your feet don’t touch the floor? I have poor posture cause I’m short and my desk chair has to be high enough to reach the desk, but it means my feet are off the floor. I tend to sit cross legged on my desk chair!

  • Erin

    Sitting down and having your palms facing upwards will also improve posture and it’s a good way to improve your posture while you aren’t doing a whole lot, like watching tv for example.

  • Gina Mackey

    @deek labelle: I, too, am short. I have found that by sitting at the edge of the seat allows me to maintain my posture and have my feet touch the floor, even when I was working in and office where, like you, the chair has to be high enough to reach the

  • Nora

    This is so helpful/needed and unexpected. Thank you!!! :) xo

  • Wear and Paperback

    Ugh I have the WORSE posture, I was just at my physical therapist office and started the shoulder blades move, it totally worked but I am sore, which is good because it worked!! :) http://wearandpaperback.wordpress.com/

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  • Karmele Garcia

    This is a big issue for me, I battle with my bad posture everyday and my mom always get mad so I’m definitely going to follow your advice.

    I’m trying to be better in a lot of thins this year. Organization, health, exercise but mostly and most important, being the better version of myself, starting with confidence and being more proactive.

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  • Klaudia Kurnicka

    good posture is very important for our body and health ! I agree with everything what I have read hear. If you are a member on this website You have to support a healthy lifestyle :) If so, remember to devote an hour of your day for YOGA, I am sure that You will be satisfied :)

  • Ashley Rizzardo

    Great tips! I have been working on my own posture lately.

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  • hooleywithaz

    as someone who works at a desk 9 hours a day, this is something that is a real problem. even remembering to stretch can be a problem when you get busy. i’m thinking maybe a post-it reminder on my monitor could do the trick?
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  • Kylie Miller

    Very good tips! I always try to remind myself not to slouch. Check out my blog: http://thechicstreetblog.blogspot.com/

  • HeidiW

    Hi. Good advice in the article. If you use a computer a lot then as noted good posture is important – so is getting up regularly from your desk. As hooleywithaz suggests, a post it reminder could help (or a calendar reminder) but these quickly become “”background”” that you ignore. My husband has created a more active solution to help you protect yourself from back pain – Postureminder software that uses your webcam to automatically check your posture and remind you whenever you’ve been sitting badly for an extended period.

    I know I’m biased but I think it’s a great, simple solution. He’s got a 30-day free trial download on his website so surely worth a look?
    http://www.postureminder.co.uk

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    Great tips, but hard to remember when you are lacy! ;)

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    I’m trying to be better in having a positive attitude and not always have a negative aspect. I’m also trying to be better in creating a healthier lifestyles for myself. And learn to better myself as in being me all around just me and not be so shy and have anxiety or social anxiety. This year I’m just trying to better myself. Cause when you don’t love yourself others can’t love you
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