The Blog Formerly Known As Practical Paralegalism
Suck Your Stomach In
I heard that all the time when I was growing up from my mom. “Stand up straight and suck your stomach in!” At the time, I felt picked on, persecuted, and generally ill-used, but eventually, I did stand up straight and suck my stomach in, without being reminded.
I thought good posture was a permanent habit until I saw from my outfit photos how bad my posture has become. My upper back started hurting, too, in a way I couldn’t simply ignore. I discovered that not only was my old chair at work contributing to the problem, but that not standing up straight actually causes pain.
As I get ready to enter my fifties, I think about issues I never did as a younger woman. (Younger women, listen up, so you won’t be as shocked as I am.) I can see myself 20 years down the road, as an increasingly stooped little old lady. I know the medical science says I ‘ll start shrinking in height during this next decade, partly due to deteriorating posture. Quite frankly, that image of a frail woman with a hunched upper spine and constant back pain scares the bejesus out of me.
Now I’m the one constantly reminding myself to stand up straight, doing the back exercises, and modifying the time I spend sitting at a computer, with better ergonomics and more stretch breaks.
Regaining good posture is more of a struggle than I thought it would be. So much so, I’ve actually asked my family to tell me to stand up straight if they see me slouching.
Sometimes a little persecution can be a good thing.
Warning, dear readers. My mind’s starting to focus on very middle-aged things. I might talk about the Dread Whiskas next week. Don’t say I didn’t give ya the heads up.