WHAT DO YOU DO?! Aside from running your fingers through your hair and wiping that salad dressing off your chin, the answer is: optimise your posture!
And you’d be surprised at what a massive difference it can make. Let me explain.
[What these ideals are and/or whether they should exist at all is so far beyond the scope of this article. So very far.]
- Stand up straight! Imagine there’s a string tied to the crown of your head - now imagine it’s getting pulled up. BAM! You are now taller and appear leaner.
- Lift up your chest! Imagine you’re trying to touch your breast-bone (sternum) to the ceiling. WHAMMY! Your chest appears bigger and men’s shoulders will appear wider.
- Suck it in! Imagine you’re trying to touch your belly-button (navel) to your spine. BLAMMO! Your waist appears smaller.
And the nice thing is that all these tips also work for protecting your neck, back, and hips from postural injuries. Overuse of certain positions overload certain spots in the body e.g. sitting puts a lot of pressure on your glutes (*stage whisper* That’s your butt muscles). Over time, your nervous system makes those areas more sensitive (via increased receptor density, etc) which can build up for a long time. The result? An area just LOOKING for some sort of trigger to ignite a painful episode. Cue glute pain, back pain, hip pain, etc. So how can we prevent that from happening?
Stop the build-up! Vary your posture as often as you can - especially away from the typical slouched, round-shouldered, general Cro-Magnon look. You don’t have to look like you’re in the military at all times. Just often enough that your body gets a little variety. So, as often as you can:
Stand up straight! Lift up your chest! Suck in your stomach!
BOOM! Made you look good AND healthier.
Claremont Chiropractic Health Centre