Do you wish you had a better posture? With all the technology devices we use, it’s often a challenge to keep our backs straight. While you work on a computer or stare at your smartphone, you probably lean in and strain your back. That’s a pity as good posture is essential to project a confident, healthy and attractive image of yourself. Also, leaning in can create more enduring problems, such as a hunchback, neck and back pains.
Personally, I also have challenges with my posture. I’ve been searching for solutions to this problem for a long time and made some progress. Here are 6 tips from my experience, and 2 brand new bonus tips I plan to try out next…
Let me first shortly introduce my story. I’ve been slouching all the time since I’m a child. One day, someone told my father, “Who’s this retarded” while watching my poor posture. My father told him: “That’s my son!”.
Yes, I’m a pretty torn human being. I have one leg shorter than the other one, I am double jointed and a frustrated lefty. So I had to make extra efforts to correct my posture. Let’s see what kind of tips have worked for me…
1) Ballroom dancing
I started ballroom dancing when I was 18. Members of the ballroom club were stunned as they were all in their forties or fifties but I didn’t care. It’s a great practice to really feel what it’s like to have a good posture. And it’s fun too!
2) Stretching exercises
A classic one. You can try the exercise featured in the article photo. Also, a simple exercise I like is to squeeze my shoulder blades together. Hold for 6 seconds, then relax. There are many other exercises to improve your posture. YouTube has plenty of great videos on the topic. So I’ll let you make your own research.
Meditating is a great exercise since it instructs you to sit in an erect, dignified position. I made great progress using 2 mirrors to watch if my back is straight while I meditate. As meditation trains your awareness, it’s a perfect practice to improve your posture.
4) Putting a book on top of your head
Another classic. I’ve used that one in conjunction with the meditation exercise. It will force you to have a good posture at all times, or else, the book falls.
I started singing a lot since the COVID-19 crisis started. It’s a great way to improve your mood, and it makes me feel happy. Working remotely gives you the luxury to make noise if you are alone in your room. So I would often sing while listening to music. And since you can’t sing well without good posture, it helped a lot!
6) Walking in the forest
When I take a break from work in the afternoon, I like to go for a 20-minute walk. And I always strive to keep a good posture while doing this walk. I would also stop halfway and do a couple of back-stretching exercises in the grass.
7) Smart posture wearable devices
As I wrote this article, I stumbled upon the Upright GO 2, a device you wear on your back to improve your posture. This device trains your posture by vibrating when your back is not straight. According to the reviews, it is quite effective, so I plan to try it out.
8) The Backpod
Another one I stumbled upon today. The Backpod is a piece of plastic you put behind your back while lying. And given the reviews, it does seem effective, especially for people who have a hunchback. Note that you don’t necessarily need to buy the original one, just use a piece of plastic that has the same shape, or a Men’s protective cup.
Having a good posture is essential for your confidence, health, and overall charm. I’ve been struggling for a long time with bad posture. It’s still a work in progress but I shared with you my best tips to improve. I hope this inspired you. Feel free to add other ones in the comments!