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March 27, 2011 6:54 PM Subscribe
My posture has become even worse (if that's possible)! How can I improve it?
posted by joyeuxamelie to Health & Fitness (25 answers total) 67 users marked this as a favorite
Ever since I started graduate school, I've been bombarded by a ridiculous amount of work and my hours spent in front of a computer, hunched over a book, or facing an imposing stack of ungraded papers have increased 1000000x. My posture has never been great -- I'm a tall, thin, *slouchy* person -- but I feel like it's become even worse as of late. There are times when I'll emerge from workmode at 3 AM to realize that in the lowlight of my room, I probably resemble a vulture with glasses in front of a computer.
In addition, I've started to feel some lower back pain. I'm guessing this is a combination of bad posture + lots of stress.
So how can I fix this problem? I've never been a terribly athletic person -- most of my time is spent on a computer or buried in a book -- but I'm not opposed to doing some simple exercises. Since I'm pretty much free this summer, I figured that would be a great time to work on this problem.
Also: Do posture braces actually work? They look very...medical and I think kind of scary & uncomfortable. But I'd wear one for the whole summer, if it meant I'd have a straighter back when school rolled around again. If anyone has experience with those, please share your recommendations on specific brands.