i never realised i had a poor posture problem until last night when i was out someone had a digital camera and i saw a side on picture of myself and it looked almost like i had a giraffe neck the way it was bent down, i asked someone and they said i have poor posture and that i hunch my shoulders really bad aswell.
But if i try to stand up tall and straight it makes my check look like im sticking it out and i have a double chin, almost like im doing a silly pose, and its very uncomfortable, does anyone have any tips?
tell ur friends/family to correct you. Roll your shoulders back chest out chinup.
wear a corset? idk lol. it takes a while to get it right. when i was a kid my mom was obsessed with correct posture needless to say ... i still have 'bad' posture by her standards but thats cause im away from home.
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^^^^^Originally Posted by Thexile
That's the bottom line. You have to make it habit. It has to be a conscious effort for awhile, then it becomes habit.
I know you're half-crazy, but I wish you'd go all the way.
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iv been doing that for the past two days and my mates keep saying "whats with the pigeon chest"
well it takes time for everyone to get used to a change.
so ask yourself, do you want better posture or do you want to worry about your "friends" making fun of you?
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Part of the reason why I like to keep my back straight and have a "pigeon chest" is because I started working out last August.
That is to say, I'm not ashamed
Last edited by erik-the-red; 06-26-2006 at 07:29 AM.
Yeah, show off that chest!
Age: 20, Height: 5'7", Weight: 165, Deadlift: 405, 9.5" Squat: 230 x 10, Bench: 195 (3x5)
Originally Posted by fatrb38
If people are saying that about your chest, you're probably overdoing it and walking around like a robot.
I've heard doing deadlifts and working on your abs will just straighten you out automatically.
Also, found this you might be interested in. It actually looks pretty handy not just for people who poor posture, but for everyone to avoid posture problems.
Last edited by wdjuqi; 06-27-2006 at 04:49 PM.
Maybe see a physical therapist 1-2x/week to correct it. Certain muscles are going to need stretching, while certain muscles are going to need re-education. Can't help you over the net however.
That old saying of "stick your chest out and pick your chin up, etc etc" isn't a great way to correct your posture.....if you want to get technical, your chin should actually be tucked (or retracted). If your chin is "up" you are probably compensating for forward head posture.
I agree.Originally Posted by erik-the-red
I have a friend who is a male model and he literally does the modeling walk WHEREVER he goes. I took his posture as an example and now I do a milder version. Needless to say, women like it a LOT more when your head's up and your looking like your confident.
Squat = Not enough
DL = Not enough
Bench = Not enough
Big 3 = Not enough
If deadlifts can help fix slouching shoulders....what exercises help foward head posture?
Depends on what is causing the forward head posture. Generally, chin tucks can help correct forwardhead. Try to maintain a chin tuck for long periods of time until it becomes habit.
At the risk of sounding like a complete idiot...what is a chin tuck and how do you do it? How long do you need to do it to correct forward head?
And does that really work?? What exactly does it do to improve "foward head" posture?
Also, do those posture corrector back braces work good? They seem like they would work very good.
Deadlifts really helped me with my posture.
How so? Did you have the foward head thing or just slouching shoulders?
Just think about trying to look as tall as possible at all times (without going on your tip-toes obviously).
Are there any other little exercises someone could do at home to improve or eliminate forward head? The chin tuck seems pretty ridiculous. No offense to the person who posted it, but I don't see how that would work.
Why not just get a friend, tell them to position you in correct posture and learn to hold that position throughout the day. It takes time, but it will become your natural reaction without having to think about it.
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How tall are you? I'm 6' 5, and because of a back surgery I have no choice but to have perfect posture, my back has almost no flexibility at all, but I still have forward head posture a lot of the time. I don't know of any exercises that will help with the posture, if things like deadlifts and shrugs don't, except maybe the machine where you push the back of your head against a pad to lift weight (I know football players use it). Beyond exercise, just try to be conscious of it and hold your head as close to straight up as possible.
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Originally Posted by wdjuqi
No offense taken, you just haven't been informed properly or at all.
The chin tuck is designed to bring your cervical spine into proper alignment. The goal is to build muscular endurance. A majority of postural problems are a result of postural muscles that are deconditioned or not performing there job properly, which is to keep your joints in proper alignment throughout the day (hence the reason why some people feel ok in the morning, but have a sore neck/shoulders, etc. in the evening- (fatigue)).
As for the other poster that asked about other exercises to incorporate into a routine to correct posture, try these.....
Y's/T's/W's/L's in a prone position (lying on your stomach), scapular retractions, back extension exercises, transverse abdominus exercises (VERY VERY important muscle to train for postural benefits).
I don't have time to discuss the detail of these exercises right now...try a search? or maybe someone that's familiar with them can elaborate.
**Remember, your body is a kinetic chain. I.E- poor alignment at your hip joint can result in poor alignment all the way up to your head.
And that simple chin tuck can give you great posture? Wouldn't everyone be walking around with amazing posture if it was that simple?
Last edited by wdjuqi; 07-13-2006 at 07:00 PM.
Your ignorance is becoming offensive. Read my other posts. I have never said that chin tucks ALONE give you great posture. It is an exercise to aid you in achieving your goals of having "great posture" as you call it, and take a step towards correcting forward head issues. Do you only do 1 exercise in an attempt to become a bodybuilder? Exactly. You seem to be trying to attack my posts......I have the credentials and experience to back me on my advice, and I help people work towards correcting their posture on a daily basis.Originally Posted by wdjuqi
If you know it all then please help out the OP.
For anyone interested in exercises to improve posture.
Last edited by Sleepr; 07-13-2006 at 07:34 PM.