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hi has anyone got any advice on what i can do to improve my posture? i'm tall and slouch, i have long legs and tend to walk in a sloping gait. i'm round shouldered and i walk with my stomach sticking out and my head seems to lean forward rather than sitting upright on my shoulders - i feel like i look freakish. I'm practising walking with my shoulders back and bust forward and stomach tucked in but i feel so self conscious about it - are there any exercises i can do to help with this?
Alexander Technique. Not exercises as such, but a way of learning to use your body in a way that is light and energising and not damaging to your joints.
You take one to one lessons and re-learn how to perform basic activities.
Some random Youtube results here for starters - but best to look for a teacher in your area. Basically, your head weighs a good stone and the key to good posture is holding it lightly atop your spine, and appreciating that your spine goes from inside your skull down to your coccyx.
Alternatively, I've been having good tesults from Katy Bowman's information on biomechanics - bought her app called Down There and it's helped my back no end.
This is such a good question OP. I could do with some help too.
CountryBelle, I'm interested in Pilates and just wondering what sort of classes you went to? And also what results you've seen? Your post makes me feel more keen to start but I'd like to know a bit more if you have a moment to reply.
ooh thanks everyone for your suggestions - i will do some checking out of alexander and pilates Something yes i did when i was in my teens - i used to get teased about being "lanky" its now become a habit that i dont even know i'm doing and i almost feel like my bones in my spine and neck are set in this position.
Mumat39 - my friend has been going to pilatea regularly now for about 2 years. She looks so much "longer and leaner". Hard to describe but her posture is improved and she just carries herself so well.
Ive only started this month but really enjoying the classes. I am definitely NOT a fitness enthusiast but u r encouraged to work at ur own pace. the moves r difficult, so even though ur not breaking a sweat u feel the effects. i am amazed by how unflexible i am! Hopefully i will improve but itll take a long time!
To me the classes r my special treat - the one time each week where i do everything in a controlled manner, think about what im doing, be more aware of my body and take my time.
Not exercise-related as such, but make sure you're in a good bra that fits well and hoiks you up. I got properly fitted a few months or so ago and I was amazed at how much straighter I stood without even thinking about it.