Thursday, February 25, 2010

No-Slouch Day

I'm officially proclaiming tomorrow a "No-Slouch Day."

See if you can go the entire day standing or sitting straight and tall. See how much energy you have at the end of the day! Sit like a princess. Walk like a girl with a purpose.

I tried this today, for fun, and it :) It makes me feel wonderful.

Here are points to remember:

~ This "No-Slouch Day" applies all day long. Even if you're alone. You must keep your good posture from the time you wake up until you fall into bed.

~ You must not be tense. Stay relaxed, with your shoulders back.

~ Keep your head held high and back. No "turtle syndrome."

~ Pay special attention to how you sit when eating, when you're in the car, and when you're at the computer.

~ Don't forget to squat down to pick up things! Please don't just bend at the waist. Not only does it do bad things for your back, but it looks awful.

~ The walls were not made to hold you up. Nor were the counter tops. Nor were the bookshelves, ...or the refrigerator, ...or the door frame. Let your spine do its own work.

~ You are not allowed to be so cruel to your feet and legs as to keep shifting your entire weight onto one...then the other. Keep 'em balanced. And keep your hips under the rest of your torso where they belong.

~ Do your lower back a favor when you're sitting and keep both feet on the floor.

~ Be sure your speech and face expressions match your graceful posture...

...and have fun!


SavedGirl said...

Dear Amber,

I'm going to give it a try. I'll let you know how it went. :)


SavedGirl said...

Dear Amber,

I did enjoy no-slouch day, although I am afraid I slacked off a little at the end of the day. I received a last minute babysitting call and I had trouble remembering my posture while I was there. :( I did notice that when I was sitting down and trying to keep my shoulders back I was thinking "How in the world am I supposed to be relaxed while doing this?" Then I remembered the feet were supposed to stay on the ground. It did help. It is funny I never thought of having your legs crossed as being hard on your back. I really need to work on keeping my weight balanced on TWO feet instead of shifting my weight. I used to be really bad; I had a stork like position that I reverted to a lot. Well thanks for this good reminder, and also to keep our speech and facial expressions full of grace. :)


Amber said...

Yay, Lulu! Glad you enjoyed your no-slouch day. I like it so much I'm trying to keep it up! ...And I didn't notice how hard on my back feet-crossing was until a few weeks ago, either.