We are heading into party season, so it is time to talk about… posture. Next to avoiding weird relatives and exercising care with the potent libations, maintaining good posture may be the one of the best strategies for feeling well the morning after the party. Good posture helps prevent fatigue, low back pain, and shoulder tension. It’s also free and easy to practice.
Good posture means standing with your shoulders, hips, knees, and ankles in a line. For many of us, this entails rolling our shoulders back (without puffing the chest forward like a pigeon!). We are good at shoulders-forward because we do it all day at our desks. We also need to bring our heads back over our shoulders—no more peering at screens when they aren’t there!
Next, a lot of us allow our lower backs to arch too much. Engaging our abdominals to pull in our bellies and using our butt muscles to tuck our behinds a little help alleviate low back pain. If you find that your abs have forgotten how to contract, it is time to remind them with some crunches (good form: keep abs flat across your body as you curl up so you don’t train your abs too pooch out!). Leg lifts to the back while keeping your hips forward and square will awaken your rear. Consider it part of getting ready for the party.