Exercise– for Body and Spirit

Good posture is a confidence booster and takes one second.  Throw your shoulders back and stand tall.  You will look slimmer and breathe easier according to researchers at Ohio State University.  Their study found that people who slouched felt less qualified to handle a task and were perceived that way.  As you tackle a work project of approach someone you’d like to impress, make sure your back is straight.  Exercise ideas below will ensure you have good posture without total concentration on it:

  • Exercise your core — the core being your lower back and abdominal muscles. Simple exercises such as abdominal floor crunches, hyperextensions.  Many Pilates and yoga postures strengthen the core.
  • Avoid wearing high heels as much as possible. Although they look great and give your calves a sexy shape, wearing high heels too often can result in an unbalanced posture.
  • Don’t slouch. When you are sitting at your desk at work or even at home, try to keep your body in alignment. Sit up straight and consciously align your ears, shoulders and the hips. Picture an imaginary vertical line running down the body to help you make the adjustment.
  • Janessa Breckinridge demonstrates below.

Perfect Posture

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7 thoughts on “Exercise– for Body and Spirit

  1. Janessa Breckinridge

    Kathleen, when I was a teen, I noticed how horrible my posture was. It was like an “S” curve. I really had to work on it, and doing a Pilate class twice a week is motivating. On days when I don’t have a class, I practice at home for at least 15 minutes.

  2. Kathleen Rowland

    For you, I know it has become a nice social thing. Don’t you get together with people afterward, sometimes go to lunch?

  3. Hey Rachel– that’s right. Orange and yellow food (such as apricots, carrots, sweet potatoes, squashes) contains beta-carotene. The body converts it to vitamin A, the anti-aging vitamin. The Reds along with citrus fruits (strawberries, raspberries, tomatoes to name a few) are full of C which fights infection and helps the body absorb iron. The dark greens all contain iron, calcium and folic acid plus vitamins C, E, K, and some of the Bs.

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