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.