Welcome to Week 16 of the 52 weeks to a better you journey.
How are you doing on this journey? Are you finding it easy or difficult to tackle your baby steps? If you are anything like me you are probably experiencing both.
I encourage you to keep pushing ahead. Every day is a new opportunity to improve ourselves.
Check your posture
Posture is important. Our bodies just work better when we sit or stand up straighter. Do you find yourself hunched over often during the day? If you do a lot of sitting, it is easy to fall into bad posture.
I never thought too much about my posture until recently. I spend many hours sitting while working but I wasn’t aware of how much I was hunching over.
And I wonder why I feel sluggish. 🙁
It wasn’t until I began my baby step of exercising that I began to notice how often my posture is poor. I’m hunch over my work at my desk. I’m curled up in a chair or on my bed to read. I also noticed myself hunching a little when I am walking.
Like last week’s baby step, this one seems like something silly. How is sitting and standing straighter going to improve me?
Periodically check your posture and adjust it so that you sitting or standing correctly. This won’t be an easy baby step because I’ll bet most of us don’t think about our posture that much. This baby step will take some concerted effort to remember to do.
You should find that good posture makes you feel good, not just physically, but emotionally as well.
Sit tall and stand proud.
Baby step for this week: Check your posture.
If you are already watching your posture, give yourself a high five and keep doing so. If you think your posture doesn’t need adjusting but you haven’t been checking it, I challenge you to do so. You may be surprised like I was. If you haven’t paid any attention to your posture, then this is the week to do so.
Here are a few tips to work on good posture:
- When you are standing, pull your belly button toward your spine (advice from Leslie Sansone). This will cause you to stand straighter.
- Set an alarm to remind you to check your posture when you have been sitting for awhile.
- Plant your feet flat on the floor when you are sitting instead of crossing them or your legs.
- Think positive and confident thoughts (you’d be surprised how much our posture reflects our thoughts).
- Sit with your back against the chair if it is straight or add something to the back of the chair to brace your back.
What about you?
Do you think you have good posture?
How often do you check your posture?
Share your journey with us!