Julie says: This is very common and improving posture is one of the best things we can do to help prevent strain on our backs and other joints as we age. It sounds simple but all it takes is thought and practice to make good posture become a habit.
It helps if you can stand in front of a full-length mirror as you try this out:
- Stand up as straight as you can as if you are trying to grow taller
- Keep feet hip-width apart and soften your knees slightly
- Tighten up abdominal muscles
- Take your shoulders back slightly to open up the chest
- Keep the back of your neck long and your chin level
- Don’t hold your breath!
- Turn to look at yourself side-on. Relax and observe how you stand naturally; often hips come forward and the back becomes rounded. Try to repeat standing up tall, going through your checklist.
Do this every time you stand up until it becomes second nature. Occasionally clasp your hands behind your back to draw your shoulder blades back and stretch your chest muscles, too.
There's more great advice from Julie in every issue of Yours magazine, out every fortnight on a Tuesday.