When you walk or bend and straighten your back, your pelvis moves as a whole. You can feel your pelvis move if you sit in a chair and place your hands over the top of your pelvis bones and then arch and relax your back. This is also an exercise that you can do to help good posture when either sitting or standing. Elvis Presley was extremely good at this exercise!
Ideally you should think about good posture in every thing that you do, but the good news is that it becomes natural to stand or sit correctly and it then feels wrong to stand or sit incorrectly. Good posture will also help prevent an aching back.
How to keep good posture
- Avoid standing with your weight over one leg.
- Don’t sit with your legs crossed.
- Don’t lean your head to one side or drop your shoulder to the side.
- Try to avoid carrying heavy things continually on one side. Mothers who have carried children on their hip for several years usually have a tendency to lean slightly to one side and can be prone to back ache.
- Slouching in a chair is a definite no, this means that you lower back is slumped instead of arched and is asking for bad posture.
- Wearing high heels should be avoided if possible, although we know that high heels will always be with us!