Sunday, October 25, 2015

Posture —Play It Straight

No matter how young, or how great one's plastic surgeon is, people of all ages who shuffle rather than stride, or take baby steps, or are bent over as they stand or walk out of sheer laziness, or sit slouched in a chair are broadcasting "I'm Gettin' Old" to all those within view. Looking younger and healthier isn’t just about from the neck up — your entire body telegraphs your "apparent" age.

 Proper posture is a painless way to immediately make an instant and dramatic change in your appearance and demeanor. It can take years off your body’s appearance and add years, or even decades, to the viability of your spine. Most back pain and low back spasms are caused by weak back and core muscles and are only exacerbated by poor sitting and standing posture.

Good posture will completely transform you. Who among us hasn’t been taken aback at some point to realize that reflection they see in a store window of that older person is actually their own? 

Stand tall, with your chest out, shoulders back, and stomach in. Stand relaxed, not stiff. 

Good posture makes your chest bigger, your tummy smaller and your butt tighter. Holding your head high pulls the facial muscles taut and lessens the volume of a double chin. You grow taller instantly and appear more confident and focused. Your body language says, “Respect me”. Your internal organs say “Thank you”.

Walking reveals your age by the length of your stride. As we age we take smaller, more hesitant steps. As you walk, concentrate on stretching each leg further, widening your stride: this is how younger people walk.

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