From an early age I have had problems with my posture. They were never severe, and stemmed more out of laziness than anything medical. My mom was always trying to correct my posture and make me stand up straight. You would have thought that at my short height, I would be all over extra centimetres by any means necessary. Instead I continued to slouch through school, puberty, and my various jobs. These days I’ll catch my profile in a reflection somewhere and think “wow, my back is getting a little humped”, and then straighten up. Or I’ll be sitting at a desk and realize that I’ve curled up in order to bring my face closer an object, like a book, school work, or food.
The past few months I have been making a conscious effort to literally straighten myself out. Part of this effort is assisted by the strength and conditioning program I use, and I’m thankful for the help. It is slowly becoming an unconscious habit, but it still slips — especially when I’m tired, from physical exertion, or from lack of sleep. There are times when I think back to an event and wonder what my posture was like. I figure that if I have to ask myself, it probably wasn’t as good as it should have been. My posture while sitting is the harder one to correct, I sit in many different chairs at differing heights with tables or desks of differing heights. Right now I find it difficult to get postural adaptation to each sitting scenario. Maybe I should concentrate on desk/chair at a time.
What are your thoughts?
–Kiyoshi “The Prototype”
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