This Runner's Trials

Straight Up

Posted by runnerstrials

Last night I dined with some lovely blogger chicks.

Kelly, Tiffany, Brittney, Me, Jessie, Lauren and Katie.

So much fun to hang out with these ladies :)

One topic we discussed was posture.

I have the worst posture in the world. At my desk, when driving, walking and probably even when I'm  sleeping if that's possible. I am always slouching with my shoulders forward.

My husband has been telling me for years how horrible my posture is. (He's a chiropractor and sports physiologist so part of me thinks he knows what he's talking about.)

Like any good wife, I tune my husband out. Constantly.

Until recently. When I had my surgery, I physically couldn't stand up straight for about a week. What resulted was some pretty annoying neck, shoulder and back pain. And plenty of whining :)

Hubby used this opportunity to tell me that my regular degree of hunched over-ness is hurting me too. I once again tuned him out until I went to a group exercise class on Tuesday. Whenever I saw myself in the mirror, I was slouching. Badly. And it looked horrible!

I'm going to try to take this issue seriously now. Since it's a new month (how is it July already?!) and I like challenging myself, I'm starting a Straight Up Action Plan for July. My goal this month is to improve my posture. Here's how I'll do it:

  • Practice good workplace ergonomics. Right now, my desk is way too high for me and I can't adjust it. I've been looking for an excuse to buy new office furniture for awhile now, so this is the perfect opportunity.
  • Ab and back work. I'm notorious for neglecting my abs and back. A strong core is key for good posture among other things. I'll start with one day per week of core stengthening, and hopefully work up to two.
  • Yoga... maybe. Hi, I'm the only person left on the planet who hasn't tried yoga. It really intimidates me. But apparently yoga can help with posture. So I guess it's time I give it a try!
  • Behavioral reinforcements. I'm sure for the first half hour after I hit publish I'll sit up straight but then as soon as I get distracted, I'll slouch into my old ways. I'll set random calendar reminders on my phone and on my Outlook calendar telling me to "SIT UP".

I feel like a bad health educator because I have no idea how I'll gauge the success of my plan. I've had it ingrained in my head for years that all goals and objectives must be measurable. I guess if I actually invest in new furniture, do ab and back work, try yoga and my hubby and myself notice a difference, then I'll be successful.

Who else struggles with posture? Does anyone have any other tips? I'd love to hear them!

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