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52 FEATS – NUMBER 22 (Standing up Straight)

2 Jun

For the original 52 FEATS blog entry, click here.

DAY 4 UPDATE (Thursday):

This has been a tough one!  It’s quite possible that for me, no other bad habit is quite as ingrained as bad posture.  I don’t even think about it doing it – maybe because it’s a constant, every-second-of-every-day thing, I just operate on auto pilot.  But I’m trying to “remind” myself often to sit or stand up straight.  I’ve also noticed that I scrunch my neck down – what’s that about??  Trying to correct that one, too!


A few weeks ago, a friend of mine posted a funny picture on facebook that had several different examples of bad posture.  At least, I thought it was funny until I realized that most of those examples look exactly like me!  Slumped shoulders?  Always.  One hip higher?  Most of the time.  Hollow back?  Never heard of it before, but yes.  I didn’t know I was such a train wreck!

As a mother of two little kids, I feel like I’m a little justified in my bad posture – after all, my entire world is near the ground.  I’m constantly bent over to deal with my children.  I’m grabbing, cleaning, hugging, picking up, etc.  But I’m starting to worry about the long-term effects this slumping will have on my neck and back (which are always sore, by the way).  It may be just a slump today, but in 10 years, what am I going to look like?

So for this week, I’ll be standing up straight, and hopefully I can make it a long-term habit.  I’ll be constantly reminding myself to have my shoulders back, head up, hips even, and both feet planted flat on the floor.  I might also do some exercises to strengthen my upper back and shoulders, which will help my posture.

So if I look taller this week, you’ll know why!

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