Thursday, 23 July 2015

Project Posture

Once upon a time, long before the birth of Miss K and Baby J, I used to look at new moms and wish that I could just straighten them out.  Literally.  Because to me, as an outsider with zero understanding of their situations, it seemed that almost all of them slouched.

And now, two bundles of joy and a chunk of life later, I've realised with a shock that I'd become one of them: I slouch.  I actually SE-LOUCH, because writing it in small letters just doesn't do my degree of slouching any justice.  I catch myself hunching over at least 100 times a day, and then always wonder how on earth I was able to actually function with my torso literally folded double.  It's bad, guys.  And it needs to change.


Exhibit A.  *cringe*  Slouching like a boss - even on the run.  [Photo by Stanley Harvey.]

Now don't get me wrong: I full well realise that slouching is 100% preventable; and so easy to fix.  Just straighten yourself out, right?  But somewhere in between the late nights, the dirty nappies, the mounds of washing, the full-time job and well, life, I've also discovered what I think is the main reason why so many new mamas slouch: Energy.  Or a serious lack thereof.  I'm literally sometimes too tired to straighten myself out.  Ugh.

But since hunching like a grandma at 38 isn't an option, I'm embarking on Project Posture for the remainder of 2015 - I need to straighten out.  My approach is multipronged: Ten minutes in the semi-supine position every morning for increased body awareness during the day (it works!); a few push-ups after my planks every evening to strengthen the upper body; religiously taking my supplements every day (e.g. magnesium and other energy metabolism-related stuff); and getting enough rest.  I'll be straight as an arrow before you know it.

Any other tips for sorting my posture out?    

12 comments:

  1. God,yes! I nurse/rock my getting very heavy 14 month old to sleep and I can tell you, my posture is for sure suffering!

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    1. I also have to be very careful how I pick up and carry my little man (19 months) - but I sure enjoy it while I still can...! :)

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  2. I don't have any children but I know my posture is not always the greatest. Thanks for this reminder, I think everyone can benefit.

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    1. Pleasure, Hollie! We'll work on it together! :)

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  3. Great reminder, I find that I slouch way more than ever these days and am trying to not slouch so much!

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    1. I find that the semi-supine position for a few minutes each morning REALLY helps me to be more aware of my posture and how I carry my body for the rest of the day. Plus those few minutes of just relaxing are always heavenly! :)

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  4. Thank you for sharing this! Makes me feel wayyyy better that it is not only me, and it bothers me too! I'm in with you, please keep us posted! Xxxx

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  5. My posture can be pretty terrible too - I should join you in your project!

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    1. I'm relieved to hear that I'm not the only one struggling with this, Lisa - determined to sort it out!

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  6. I am following since last september, twice a week, a course of postural exercises under the supervision of a physio. Moreover I make some exercises at home every day. It works.

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    1. Wow, great job, Stefano! Hoping that I'll also be seeing some results soon!

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