How to Improve Your Posture
If you have poor posture, you will never look your best no matter how fantastic your clothes and shoes are. Not only that, but poor posture can cause chronic back pain, and in later life it can even lead to breathing problems and osteoarthritis. For the sake of your appearance and health, it is important to work on improving your posture now.
The Biggest Cause of Poor Posture
One of the biggest causes of poor posture is uncomfortable shoes. You simply can’t walk tall and maintain a good posture when your fit are crippled, so your first step to improving your posture is to ensure that your shoes fit well and that you can walk comfortably in them.
How to Improve Your Posture in Your Leisure Time
A great way to improve your posture is by doing Pilates. If you do not have time to take Pilates classes, invest in a good Pilates DVD instead. After only a few sessions of Pilates, you will notice a significant improvement in your posture and you will even feel taller.
Improve Your Posture at Work
If you work at a desk all day, it is important that you sit correctly and comfortably while you work, with your back straight and your feet on the ground. If you wear heels to work, switch to flat comfortable shoes while you are sitting at your desk. Also, take the time to adjust your chair so that you are sitting comfortably and position items that you use frequently close to you, so that you are not stretching and straining.
You Can Still Be a Fashionista & Have Great Posture
Whatever style of shoes you wear, it is important that they are comfortable and enable you to walk tall. Glossy magazines are full of images of celebrities and models wearing killer stilettos, yet they all seem to have perfect postures. Their secret is comfortable shoes. Whenever they are not in the public eye, they trade their skyscrapers for comfortable shoes. Consider the popularity of the UGG. They became a wardrobe staple because celebrities could be fashionable and comfortable at the same time, without damaging their posture.
Wearing different styles of comfortable shoes with varying heel sizes is also important to your posture, so you are not forcing your body into one position as you walk.
High heels will always be fashionable, but they are never going to be extremely comfortable and if you wear them too often they will ruin your posture. The key is to wear stilettos on occasions where you are going to be sitting down a lot. You can increase their comfort by inserting a gel insole into the area of the shoe beneath the balls of your feet. Just make sure you wear comfortable shoes the following day, to give your feet and posture a break.
Train Yourself to Walk Properly
The way you walk will make a huge difference to your posture. Hold your head high, keep your shoulders back and down, and resist the temptation to rush when you are walking as this makes you lean forward. If you carry a shoulder bag, avoid overloading it with heavy contents, because if it is too heavy it will damage your posture and cause aches and pains in your shoulder and back.
If you follow these tips your posture will improve, and wearing comfortable shoes does not mean you have to look like a fashion disaster. You can still wear your heels on special occasions, so long as you wear comfortable shoes on other days. Your posture and your health will really thank you for it.