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3 Simple reminders to be upright
By Elana Bos 13/04/2016 3:00:00 pm Comments

The moment you need to be reminded sit upright, your body probably has adapted to be more comfortable in the slouching position. When you attempt to sit up "straight" you actually tighten the already over-shortened frontal muscles and tendons. Tightening these muscles even slightly causes tightness in the entire upper body and causes restrictions in the ease of deeper breathing. We intuitively do not like this and soon adjust back to where it was easier to breathe. That is why most of us who are advised to sit up straight, remain erect for only a few minutes before reverting to the former slouch where breathing is a little easier. 


1. Pretend your body is held by a string

Pretend that your spine and head is held up by a string from above.

This might sound weird, but it is effective.

When you try to keep a right posture, as just mentioned very likely you end up tensing all other parts of your body.

Try to focus on keeping your spine and head aligned with the string while relaxing other parts of your body.


2. Ground both your feet

Have both your feet planted on the floor when standing or sitting.

Train the feet to hold a neutral position, ground through the four corners of the feet: Press down your big toe mound, the baby toe mound, the inner heel and the outer heel.

A very common habit is resting your weight on a particular foot or while sitting, crossing your legs.

Instead ground both your feet to keep the upper part of your body straight.


3. Set a reminder to check on your posture

You have the intention to keep a good posture, but pretty likely you have already forget about it after 5‚Äč minutes! A reminder in the form of a Post-it note, item in your calendar, alarm or whatever helps. With sufficient reminders, you will start kicking into a good posture naturally soon.

 

Do these tips work for you? Do you have any other tips and tricks that help you to mind live up straight?

Let us know, we love to hear from you.

 

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