Monday, November 17, 2008
How To Walk Tall
These exercises, from deportment coach Jean Broke-Smith could improve your posture and save you from back pain.
Lift your head up, stretching your neck until your shoulders drop back. Imagine you’re a puppet on a string being pulled up from the top of your head.
Tense shoulders are the enemy of deportment. Warm up the muscles by gently raising each shoulder towards the ear. Then bring forwards and backwards in circular motions.
Deep breathing is great for spinal alignment. Take deep breaths, inhaling and exhaling as much as air as possible. Keep the tummy pulled in.
Good posture means keeping the bottom “tucked under” not stuck out. Practise clenching and unclenching the buttocks 25 times.
When you walk, try to bend only the leg that’s stepping forward; keep the weight on the back leg. To build up the muscles, practice sitting on the floor, legs straight out in front, and walk forward on your buttocks.
Carry your body, but please, don't let your body carry you! -Vanda Scaravelli