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Look Younger and Thinner Instantly with Better Posture

Kymberly Williams-Evans, MA and Alexandra Williams, MA

Want to look 5 pounds slimmer instantly? With no needles or sweating involved? Then it’s time to improve your posture! Especially if you have spent many moons pointing your nose and nipples to your toes.

Straight, yet unnatural posture. Go for those Natural Curves!!

Straight, yet unnatural posture. Go for those Natural Curves!!

Definition of Good Posture

Kymberly: What is good posture anyway? Let’s first establish what it is NOT: a straight back. The biggest mistake people make when trying to correct poor posture is to stand ramrod straight. The back has natural curves designed to absorb impact. And nothing about looking like you have a rod rammed up your spine is attractive! Or good for you.

What it IS: having alignment that creates the least amount of strain on your supporting muscles and ligaments when you stand, sit, move or perform weight-bearing activity. Notice that our list leaves out “sleeping” so feel free to hunch, slouch, curl, or straighten out when conked out!

What Does Good Posture Offer You?

For starters, standing tall helps you stay young by maintaining your range of motion and staving off age-related skeletal changes that make you shorter with each passing decade. But that’s not all folks!

When you extend into good posture, you:

  • Look leaner instantly. Slumping and slouching turn off the abs, which allow the belly to protrude. As you lengthen into good posture, you engage the abs and compress, immediately taking weight off the middle visually.
  • Look younger (it’s not called “old lady dowager hump for nothing)
  • Project better body language
  • Increase energy
  • Enhance ability to breathe easily, freely, deeply. No wonder you have more energy! You can get oxygen more effectively to your brain, lungs, muscles — well, just about everywhere in your body.
  • Improve your confidence and mood. A 2009 study in the European Journal of Social Psychology (Brion, Petty, & Wagner 2009) looked at how posture influences self-confidence. Researchers found that poor posture led to decreased self-confidence; good posture had the opposite, positive effect.
  • Diminish aches, strains, and pains
  • Decrease neck tension
  • Reduce back pain
  • Decrease wear and tear on joints, reducing the possibility of arthritis
BackJoy for Better Posture

BackJoy for Better Posture

Alexandra: Just a few days ago, a friend who’s an interior designer asked for posture suggestions because his back has been hurting from prolonged sitting. I recommended to him, and pass along to you, the BackJoy,  which sits on your chair while you sit on it! (Disclosure: I was sent one free of charge to test out). Then you do the Hokey Pokey, except it’s more like the Finey Spiney. “You put your tush right on, you tuck your abs right in, your chest lifts up so quickly, and your spine becomes a Win! That’s what it’s all about!”

My older son has drummer’s slouch (I coined that term to describe his crappy posture, which he has when drumming, and well, all day long), so he’s been using the BackJoy during dinner. It has helped him, so I’m a fan. In my ideal world, my son (and everyone with posture issues) would do core and back strengthening moves. In the real world, the BackJoy is a complement to those exercises.

Come back on Thursday for our next post, which will also have some great posture info, plus an invitation to a wellness event where we’ll be doing posture assessments. Hint: the event is in a location that’s consistently rated as one of the top wellness spas. And that’s all I have to say about that! (Watch this video) P.S. Note his perfect posture.

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Benefit from Our Posture Series

Motivated to learn more about how to asses and improve your posture? Then take advantage of our Fun and Fit Posture Series, provided in both posts and short videos. Going back to our early days of Fun and Fit, start with a humorous take on the subject,

The Straight Scoop on Super Posture. Then zip your way through the series, starting with

What’s Your Natural and True Posture?  From there, proceed to

Want Perfect Posture? Come on, who doesn’t? Next, enjoy knowing what landmarks to look for in

Assessing Posture from the Side.  Once you know what you’ve got goin’ on, it’s time to

Fix Your Posture Part 1. Then meet our mom, who helps you Fix Your Posture Part 2. Plus you learn the Kymberly Zip Trick.  For those who want to sit nicely, then

Seated Posture Pointers will get you squirming out of your chair (and onto a ….).  Gotta click and see to know.  Lastly – whew! Will this series ever end? Not until you stand up taller! Anyway, lastly, check in with your

Chin Placement. Odds are you are trying to Get Ahead — and have become a dreaded Head Thruster.

What’s that you say? You want to short cut to the videos? Click the following to go right to our YouTube videos.

How to Find Your Natural Posture: Part 1
Quick Tips to Assess Posture Before Correcting It: Part 2 
Look Longer and Leaner Once You Assess Posture from the Side, Part 3
Simple Exercises to Help Fix Posture: Part 4
Time to Fix Your Posture: Part 5 
Seated Posture and Spinal Alignment: Part 6 
Do a Chin Check to Get Proper Posture: Part 7

About Fun and Fit

Get practical exercise advice, your fitness questions answered, and cutting edge health edu-tainment that is accessible and doable from long time fitness experts, Kymberly Williams-Evans, MA and Alexandra Williams, MA. We have taught on land, sea, and airwaves for 3 decades on 4 continents. From writing to speaking, emceeing to hosting a radio show, reviewing products to teaching classes, we believe that little steps turn into big paths. Move a little more than the day before. FitFluential Ambassadors and award-winners both online and off.

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24 Responses to Look Younger and Thinner Instantly with Better Posture

  1. Kim January 20, 2014 at 10:07 am #

    I sort of want to get one of those Back-Joy things for my oldest son – I’m always nagging him about standing up straight. I think it’s because he had a major growth spurt and now he’s gotten lazy but he tends to round his shoulders all the time.
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  2. Judy January 20, 2014 at 2:21 pm #

    I have a posture-friendly chair in my office, but it’s so cluttered there that I’ve been working in other areas of the house. That back joy looks as if it could change my life.

  3. Rhea January 20, 2014 at 4:06 pm #

    after reading this post, i sat back up properly. i slouch a lot. thanks for the reminder that good posture is essential. great post! :)
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  4. Jody - Fit at 56 January 20, 2014 at 7:36 pm #

    Lucky for me I have been lifting for so many years – with the correct posture so it got me to stand & sit right – that one great compliment I got from a stranger about how great my posture was while I was standing in line for coffee in front of her.. :)

    I know you know this but the whole you have to work your core & back to avoid issues & get is all right.. :)
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  5. GiGi Eats Celebrities January 20, 2014 at 8:49 pm #

    MY POSTER IS ABOUT AS BAD AS A SNAKES!!!!!! Ugh. I blame my inner gymnast! I stick my stomach out like I SHOULD MY BOOBS!
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  6. Debbie @ Live from La Quinta January 20, 2014 at 8:52 pm #

    Posture is so important. I tell me clients the same thing…want to lose 10 pounds in 5 seconds? It’s so true, you look better and feel so much better. I have pretty good posture, but my downfall is that I keep my computer on a low table, which makes me tend to round over it as I type. And I type a lot, so it is probably not good. As I read this I did make a point to sit up straight though!
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  7. kevin quinn January 21, 2014 at 1:12 am #

    my problem is that when i am sat in the office at the computer I tend to lean forward most of the time without even realising I am doing it, Going to have to sort it out wont be good for my back or my posture.
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  8. Walker Thornton January 21, 2014 at 4:03 am #

    I really need this, thank you. Will dig into the recommended articles!
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  9. Ana January 21, 2014 at 4:07 am #

    Thanks for this.. the BackJoy looks like something worth trying. Of course it’s important just to get up and move as much as possible but sometimes sitting for extended periods of time is unavoidable. You’re right that exercises for back strengthening are of primary importance but maybe BackJoy can help as well.. I’ll give it a try.

  10. Pavement Runner January 22, 2014 at 12:51 am #

    ugh… i am the worst at posture, but I always make a mental note when I can feel that i have been sitting incorrectly for too long.
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  11. Angela @ happy fit mama January 22, 2014 at 2:32 am #

    I think I have decent posture unless I’m carrying one of my kids. Than I tend to slouch which is absolutely horrible in so many ways. I always have to remind myself to stand up tall and to carry the weight evenly.
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  12. Ericka @ The Sweet Life January 22, 2014 at 3:21 am #

    This goes along — for me — with all the recent news about sitting for hours being as bad as smoking. I group this with that because posture is something you really need to be thinking about all the time. I’m glad I got this reminder today since I’ll be flying all day!
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  13. Lisa @ The Skinny on Health January 22, 2014 at 12:54 pm #

    Posture is so important. It’s so hard for most people because it’s so easy to ignore and forget about, and so tedious to fix! It really is essential for a fit and healthy lifestyle, though. I actually saw a really cool product shown at CES this year — a little magnet that you tape to you chest or clip under your shirt that is so small you don’t feel or notice it (and you can hide it from other people). Whenever your posture slouches, it vibrates to remind you to sit up straight!! Genius, eh?

    So, so great to meet you at the Lorna Jane event last Saturday! Love your site!! :)

    xoxo
    Lisa @ The Skinny on Health
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  14. Kierston January 22, 2014 at 2:04 pm #

    Ever since I started weight training, my posture has improved. I am very mindful not to slouch when I sit too :)
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  15. look younger February 5, 2014 at 8:36 pm #

    Good posture is very good for fit and nice body especially for those persons who have all day sitting job For starters, standing tall helps you stay young by maintaining your range of motion and staving off age-related skeletal changes that make you shorter with each passing decade .So guys go out hit gym be fit and look younger.

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