Your posture says so much about you! The perfect outfit, immaculate makeup, and beautiful hairdo will not camouflage poor posture. I remember as a little girl walking around inside my home with a book on my head to improve my posture. Did y'all do this?
The way you stand and they way you sit can make you seem more confident and attractive. Perfect posture not only keeps you looking youthful, it also helps to alleviate headaches, back pain, and neck pain. Standing up straight increases your height and is the fastest diet trick ever...you will instantly appear to lose 10 pounds!
Do you have good posture? Have someone take your full length photo from the front and the side. Your head and neck should be centered above your torso. Your chin should be parallel to the floor. Your back should be straight. Your shoulders should be pulled back, down, and relaxed with your core muscles pulled in. Tuck your buttocks under and keep your knees relaxed and your feet forward.
This chart illustrates perfect posture on the top and types of poor posture on the bottom.
The manicurist on the left is displaying poor posture and the right illustration shows her spine aligned correctly.
It's is so easy to slouch, right? I am constantly correcting my posture and I assure y'all that it is more difficult to maintain proper posture as you age. I hope y'all won't follow the look of the "Runway Model Slouch" of today or the "Debutante Slouch" which was in fashion years ago! The rounded shoulders and relaxed stomach is tres chic with some, but over time, poor posture will take a toll on your shoulders, spine, hips, and knees.
So how can you improve your posture?
- Balance a book on your head and practice walking.
- Stand as if a string were pulling you up from the top of your head.
- Sit up straight and don't work humped over at your desk.
- Consult a personal trainer who can assist you with exercises to strengthen your spine and build core strength.
So start practicing to improve your posture. Sit up straight. Stand up straight. Smile and project an image of confidence!