Don’t slouch! Stand up straight! Head up! Shoulders back! We all know it, but standards can easily slip. Desk jobs, driving and smartphones all contribute to the gradual slouch.
When your posture is correct, your core and spine muscles are in balance and nothing is strained or twisted. Incorrect posture wrecks this balance. You may not notice for a while, but the resulting aches and pains will sneak up on you, now and in later life.
Try to think about posture in your everyday life. Imagining that you are being pulled from a string on top of your head is not a bad start. Hold up your head and it all works from there.
When you are sitting, feet should be flat on the floor and stomach tucked in. If you are using a computer, take time to ensure the height of the screen and your hand positions are correct.
If this sounds like a fifties ‘deportment’ manual - the basics have not changed!
Building core strength will help to make good posture much easier.
Here is a four-move posture workout that uses only your bodyweight, so needs no equipment apart from good trainers. Don’t bother with counting reps, just do a minute on each move. Build up to five circuits.
So sit up and take notice of your posture – it will pay off.
Good posture is important and I remember occasionally but most of the time I'm not bothered to think about how I'm standing! If exercises help that would be good though.