Are You a Slouch?

Are You a Slouch?

Three people sitting in a waiting room display 3 different types of posture.
Sitting posture can vary from slouching to well aligned.. DigitalVision/ Getty Images

Are You a Slouch?  Welcome to My Quickie Guide to Getting Good Posture!

Line up 3 different people and you get 3 different types of posture, that's for sure!

Some people present themselves as prim and posture perfect (the lady on the right.)  Others seem like out and out slouches.  And still others (the lady on the left) seem to be able to use their bodies well -  i.e., with reasonably good body mechanics - during movement and/or when striking common positions, all the while making it seem oh, so natural. 

Teen Posture

Teens on a couch display slouching posture.
Teens sometimes forget about good posture.. charity meyers/ E+/ Getty Images

Teen Posture

Most people know from personal experience that teens (as well as young adults and others) tend to spend more time watching TV than they do observing the way in which they sit, stand and walk (which makes up the bulk of their personal posture habits.)

This shows up as a comfortable sinking down into the couch for up to several hours at a stretch. 

But such a habit can do damage to your neck and/or back in the long run. The teens in the image above may be altering the normal and desirable lordosis in these areas by training - in a sense - the spinal curves to flatten and also by cultivating muscle tension and/or weakness.

Identify Your Posture Habits

A teen on stairs displays slouching and poor posture.
A teen on stairs displays slouching and poor posture.. etrified Collection/ The Image Collection/ Getty Images

Identify Your Posture Habits

As I mentioned on the previous page, it's quite often easier and more comfortable to assume a posture that's bad for you than it is to set yourself up properly and maintain a balanced, supportive position for the duration of the activity in which you engage.

One of the first things to do to get god posture is to know what's going on in your spine when performing your usual activities.  Take the woman in the picture above, for example.  Based on her positioning, I'd say she's missing out on an important opportunity to support her body.  Instead of sitting upright on her pelvis, she's got a criss-cross pattern going. Her weight is supported on the back of her pelvis, on her right elbow, and also on her left mid-back area. This is not very balanced and it will likely cause her to rely on muscle tension to keep the position, when, sadly, well aligned bones would do a better job of it.

Perk Up Your Posture

Good and bad posture examples
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Basic Skills for Developing Well Supportd Posture:  Where to Start

You may be wondering what to do when your posture needs perking up.  Here's my short list for developing basic good posture skills.

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