I often find myself crossing my legs at work, and by the end of the day my lower back is just aching. I don’t think it’s a coincidence – I think the lethal combination of crossing my legs and having poor posture at my desk wreak havoc on my back muscles.
I’m going to try and work on this simply by being more mindful of my posture, but it will be a challenge. 3 weeks ago
I’ve been trying to be good about wearing a back brace when I’m at the computer.
The brace I have is similar to this one (it might even be this one; I can’t remember): http://www.amazon.com/Clavicle-Brace-Posture-Support-Breg/dp/B005MYYZQ4/ref=pd_sbs_hpc_6 I picked it up a while ago but haven’t been using it all that much.
It’s kind of like wearing a set of backpack straps. You can tighten the straps to help keep your shoulders back. This brace is very easy to “override” – you can still hunch while wearing it, but the pressure exerted by the straps is a constant reminder to sit up straight.
I also like how even after I take it off, I still have the “sense memory” of wearing it… hunching feels “weird” for an hour or two, even with the brace off. 1 month ago
Starting slowly and building up, using the zenhabits approach. 5 minutes of yoga followed by 5 minutes of resistance bands twice or three times a week. Goal is not to do it all at once, but rather first establish the habit and then bump it up once it becomes routine. 2 months ago
I found yoga not as helpful as I would have liked. Doing pullups each day has started to help make things better. My plan is to (gradually) start yoga again and include resistance exercises. 3 months ago
By back is in for some stress later this year. I want to start with a good baseline. That means using energy to sit up straight, which will give me more energy. I know several exercises to strengthen my back and core. I could lie down to refresh between long bouts of sitting. 4 months ago
Bad posture, always wanted good posture. So I will use this goal to fix my posture by the end of the summer or the end of the year… 4 points to me by doing it by may, 2 points by the end of Summer, 1pt if by the end of the year.
Or something like that 9 months ago
I think the fact that my mom’s very short plays an insidious part in my bad posture : see, all the mirrors were placed rather low when I was growing up. I dunno… Just remembered this as I was bowing before my bathroom’s impractical mirror to do a clothing check before going out today. A mirror placed by my brother… who’s short himself (used to be his place). Damn ! That explains it. 11 months ago
How I did it: I remember my whole life my uncle was always saying to me, "Sit up straight, my dear." I sat up straight in his presence, but other times I just forgot. Then, one day, he died. Just like that. A heart attack. Dead before he hit the pavement. It really opened my eyes to how your life can change in a split-second and even though something as mundane as posture won't change the world, I know it's something he would have wanted me to do. Read how I did it… 11 months ago