Improving ones posture

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  1. Le Samourai

    Le Samourai Well-Known Member

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    Hi gang, any tips on how I could improve my posture? I tend to slouch quite alot, infact slouching seems to be my natural posture! I'd like to be more erect (lol) however when I force myself into maintaining a better stance I soon tire and lapse back to my slouchy ways. Any help would be great.
    Cheers
    Dan.
     


  2. southgate house

    southgate house Senior member

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    I recommend taking a yoga class once a week. It's very helpful for posture and you will learn much about your back because it strengthens muscles that tend not be used by sitting in a chair all day.
     


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    MetroStyles Senior member

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    Easiest question ever.

    Squats
    Deadlifts
    Good mornings

    Really. That's all you need. Your lower back will be a rock.
     


  4. Cognacad

    Cognacad Senior member

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    Easiest question ever.

    Squats
    Deadlifts
    Good mornings

    Really. That's all you need. Your lower back will be a rock.


    End of the thread I suppose
     


  5. mta265

    mta265 Senior member

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    End of the thread I suppose

    Not quite. I live in Palo Alto and there's a doctor in the area named Ester Gokhale who has written and researched extensively on posture--both from a medical and ethnographic standpoint. She's gotten a big following not only at Stanford but around the US. Her book is called 8 Steps to a Pain Free Back and it has fantastic posture guides and exercises.

    I would pick this book up and give it a read (at least) in addition to strengthening your lower back. After all, having a strong lower back doesn't necessarily imply good posture.

    http://egwellness.com/

    http://www.amazon.com/Steps-Pain-Fre.../dp/0979303605
     


  6. Hany

    Hany Senior member

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    Pilates is great for posture. More so than yoga.

    Also, try to improve your sleeping position. It might be the reason for your bad posture.
     


  7. ghent225

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    Not quite. I live in Palo Alto and there's a doctor in the area named Ester Gokhale who has written and researched extensively on posture--both from a medical and ethnographic standpoint. She's gotten a big following not only at Stanford but around the US. Her book is called 8 Steps to a Pain Free Back and it has fantastic posture guides and exercises.

    I would pick this book up and give it a read (at least) in addition to strengthening your lower back. After all, having a strong lower back doesn't necessarily imply good posture.

    http://egwellness.com/

    http://www.amazon.com/Steps-Pain-Fre.../dp/0979303605


    how long does this take to work?
     


  8. Kris

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    Yeah, I hear people in Palo Alto have exceptionally good posture. Must have something to do with all those tall sticks up people's asses.
     


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    Chest out; navel in.
     


  10. medtech_expat

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    I had some issues with posture in the past, and I found that increasing core strength to have the biggest payoff - work your abs in addition to the yoga and pilates already mentioned.
     


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    uhurit Senior member

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    Yeah, I hear people in Palo Alto have exceptionally good posture. Must have something to do with all those tall sticks up people's asses.

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  12. ConcernedParent

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    Yeah, I hear people in Palo Alto have exceptionally good posture. Must have something to do with all those tall sticks up people's asses.

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  13. mta265

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    how long does this take to work?

    Doesn't take too long--the book recommends about a lesson a week, so about 6 weeks or so. I've found it really helps improve posture and relieve muscle strain/soreness from running, working out, etc.

    Now back to those tall sticks
     


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    sleep without a pillow. it will feel strange at first but after a few weeks, it would feel normal. only do this if you are a back sleeper though.
     


  15. Zenny

    Zenny Senior member

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    get laid. i found out getting laid frequently contributed to my posture positively.
     


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