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February 17, 2012 9:33 PM Subscribe
How do I improve my posture?
posted by cobain_angel to health & fitness (18 answers total) 31 users marked this as a favorite
I worked for three years as a busgirl/server in a busy restaurant. Then, about a year and a half ago, I got a job as a secretary in a finance company, which means I spend pretty much all day sitting down. I've noticed a significant change in my posture since I got this job- my belly seems to poke out more, giving me a kind of pregnant appearance. My back also seems to be scrunched up quite a bit, making my butt protrude more. I started noticing the change about 3 months ago, and it seems to be getting worse.
I suspect this is due to weak abs, but I don't really have the time to exercise. I pretty much sit all day, at work and at school. I try to walk to school more often (~15 minutes) but it's harder during winter when it's so cold. I considered taking an exercise ball to work, but sadly my job requires me to sit at the front desk, so exercising there is not a possibility. Another problem involving my job is that I have to wear business casual/formal, which means I wear high heels often if not daily. They are not very high (about 3.5 inches at the highest, usually more about 2), but I feel like they add to the problem.
Is there anything I can do to help improve my posture? Perhaps some exercises I can do while I sit? I would really appreciate any suggestions. Thanks!
(I am 5'3 and ~112 pounds, if it helps)