SOS: Day 28
Stand up straight!
Posture. A bane of my existence, and quite possibly, of yours. I hear good posture is a habit, and therefore like any habit, it should be achievable with practice.
I’ve experimented many times over the years: doing exercises, tying strings around my finger, using timers as reminders, even letting nephews fine me a quarter every time they saw me slouch.
Nothing sticks. I believe being the tallest girl throughout grade school did permanent damage to my postural poise. When I was five my mom gently, but constantly, told me to stand up straight. Now that I’m fifty-five, her corrections have perhaps been proven to be too gentle. Not only did they not achieve postural perfection, I seem to be slumping into a permanent hunch.
But enough about me (and what I’d talk about in therapy if I were in therapy).
You can look ten pounds lighter, appear more poised and confident, and have clothes that just fit better…if you mind your posture.
I read that the beautifully-composed Audrey Hepburn was schooled by her grandmother, who, while the little girl ate, tied her neck to the back of a chair so she wouldn’t slouch while she ferried minute tidbits of food delicately to her mouth. Now that is just plain cold.
No friends, I will not tie myself to a chair. Nor should you.
I’m going to go back to my old trick of wearing a “posture ring.” Every time I recall how much I paid for it, I’ll stand a little straighter, walk a little taller.
Here are some links to exercises that will help improve your posture.
SOS Month 1
What to do so far:
In case you missed a day, the reminders below are clickable.
Get some sun.
Do your do.
Take a walk every day.
Write down everything you eat or drink daily.
Exercise to music.
Add healthy snacks to your diet .
Start fresh every day.
Weigh yourself daily or every Wednesday.
Dine early to be on the safe side.
Remember: if you always do what you always did, then you’ll always get what you always got.
Exercising for 11 minutes is a great start.
Just start. Once you do, it seems easy.
D-day every WeDnesday.
Wear your sunscreen.
On the Ides, I’d rather be _______.
Add Menu Mondays.
Wean from your unhealthiest habit.
Learn how to meditate.
Customize SOS habithacking.
Good enough is plenty good.
It’s about the long-run.
Keep a visual food diary.
Play sports you love or find distractions.
Exercise for better sex.
Substitute healthy foods for bad eats.
Remember the science of seven.
Improve your posture.