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Improving your posture

Here's how

Standing

  • Think tall. The top of your head should stretch towards the ceiling.
  • Think straight. You should be able to draw a straight line from your earlobe to the front of your anklebone, crossing the tip of your shoulder and the middle of your hip along the way.
  • Think proud. Keep your chest out, your shoulderblades back and your stomach tucked in.
  • Keep it even. When standing still, your weight should be evenly distributed on each foot.
  • Forget fashion. A high-heeled shoe can throw off your posture and strain your back. Your shoes should feel comfortable.
  • Don’t become a statue. Move around as much as possible and don't let your knees lock.
  • Be comfortable in your clothes and avoid bags that feel as if they're loaded down with bricks.

Sitting

  • Sit straight. This mantra of primary school teachers really is good advice. Keep your upper back straight, your head high and your shoulders relaxed.
  • Do your legwork. Your knees should be slightly higher than your hips and your feet should be flat on the ground.
  • Consider a cushion. A small cushion or towel tucked between your lower back and the chair can help to keep your back in line. Besides, it feels great!

Lying down

  • The best posture is where you feel most comfortable and have the best sleep and nicest dreams!
  • One good pillow will do, and don’t save money on it.
  • Stay firm. A sagging mattress can put extra strain on your back. Putting a board under your old mattress can help at times.

Last updated 8 March 2017 by College Health Week (Email).