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6 Ways to Practice Good Posture So You Feel Absolutely Wonderful

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Having good posture isn’t just about standing tall. You also need to align your body properly in whatever position you find yourself in—including as you move about.

The better your posture is—and the more time you spend in it through a wide range of activities—the less time you’ll spend dealing with dysfunction, discomfort, and pain. As another bonus, you’ll look and feel more confident, calm, and energized.

Yes, that did say look and feel.

It’s easy to see that your posture can be a result of your energy—when you’re tired, you may slump.

You can also see it as a reflection of your emotional state—when you’re feeling threatened or defensive, you may cross your arms over you chest.

But your posture affects the way you feel, too.

Here’s one example: Spending time hunched over can lead to a feeling of anxiety and irritation. Why?

This C-curve position compresses your diaphragm which causes shallow breathing. Shallow breathing is a sign of the fight-or-flight response. Though you’re not in any danger while sitting slumped over at your desk (at least I hope not), your body gets the signal, anyway, and the stress hormones, adrenaline and cortisol, are released.

You wonder why your’e so tense when all you’ve been doing is sitting at your computer. Now you know.

Luckily, you can shift the response by changing your posture. Take a deep breath and notice how you automatically sit up straight and roll your shoulders back. Ahhhh…..

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6 ways to practice good posture so you feel absolutely wonderful

  1. Regardless of what position you’re in, remind yourself to have a neutral spine

  2. Follow Diana Vreeland’s advice: Don’t lie down when you can sit. Don’t sit when you can stand. Don’t stand when you can move!

  3. For every 30 minutes you do spend sitting, move and loosen up for at least one minute

  4. Start your day with some movement—I love Morning Moves followed by some stretching

  5. Get regular bodywork. If you can’t see a massage therapist, cajole a loved one, use a roller, lacrosse balls, your own hands, etc.

  6. This one is especially helpful! Remember the 6 foundational postures from last week? Spend time in them, moving around if possible—especially the ones that are difficult for you

That’s it for the blog series on posture. Hope you’re feeling like a glamazon already! (But if you’re not, keep practicing and give it time…)

Wishing you wonderfulness!

No, You Don't Have to Shrink as You Age! 4 Ways to Keep Standing Tall

No, You Don't Have to Shrink as You Age! 4 Ways to Keep Standing Tall

4 common reasons why you shrink as you age

  1. A decrease in muscle mass (known as sarcopenia) can lead to weakness and frailty, as well as a decrease in height

  2. A decrease in bone density and resilience (known as osteoporosis) can lead to weakness, fractures, and greater curvature of the spine—all of which can also cause you to become shorter

  3. The discs between your spinal vertebrae can dehydrate and compress causing shrinkage

  4. Flattening of the arches of your feet can also make you slightly shorter

This is not just a superficial concern, either. Losing one to two inches within a year puts you at a higher risk for spinal and hip fractures.

Consider getting your bone density screened at your next doctor’s visit, especially if you’re around menopause-age or have any risk factors, such as any broken bones as an adult or a close relative with osteoporosis.

But here’s an important thing to know: Just because age-related shrinking is common nowadays does NOT mean it’s natural or inevitable.

What Are You Training For? Love How Your Body Looks + Feels with Functional Moves

What Are You Training For? Love How Your Body Looks + Feels with Functional Moves

Exercise doesn’t have that much impact on shedding body fat (focusing on what you eat is best for that). It won’t transform your shape, either, regardless of what all of the celebs and magazines tell you (Photoshop is best for that).

But exercise is still wonderfully good for you. It trains your body to be strong, resilient, and capable, so you can use it to chase the life you want. I believe functional movement is the best way to do this. I alluded to it several posts back when I encouraged you to push your muscles once a week. So what is functional movement?

When It Comes to Exercise, Think Less Time, More Effectiveness

When It Comes to Exercise, Think Less Time, More Effectiveness

Many women opt for exercise in an attempt to burn off body fat. But chronic cardio, especially as you age, could have the opposite effect.

You’re dealing with a different body. Let’s call it more subtle. Pounding away at cardio or overdoing any exercise can end up preventing you from burning fat—and it may even make you store more. By stressing your body like that, you’re releasing cortisol into your system. Since your life is probably more stressful now than it used to be, adding more cortisol causes your body to hold onto fat, especially around your middle. Not only is that a potentially unhealthy place to carry weight, it doesn’t help you fit into your wardrobe, either.