Stand up straight! (18)

1 Name: Anonymous : 2008-08-19 18:30 ID:QCB+LZcc

I'm not depressed or have a low self esteem or anything, but I'm one of those geeky-looking guys that slouches his back. I know this is bad, but I revert to that posture when I'm not thinking about it... So I have to remind myself to stand up straight. After a while, my back starts to get strained and it becomes uncomfortable.

Am I doing it wrong? I would think that standing up straight should come naturally... But it feels like I have to force myself to.

2 Name: Lucas-kun : 2008-08-19 18:54 ID:QgqYsdLm

I sorta still have this problem, I find it helps to concentrate on looking forward rather than straightening my back, because my eyes sorta wander to the ground all the time...

Just focus on looking straight forward.

3 Name: Anonymous : 2008-08-19 20:21 ID:uBwELORS

Try actually using the back of your chairs.
Don't lean, and press your back to the chair and you'll HAVE to sit up straight. This shouldn't really put any pressure so it won't hurt after awhile. Just make sure you don't revert back to leaning over again!

4 Name: Anonymous : 2008-08-19 20:45 ID:XBj0t2ko

It's because you're so used to slouching, it'll get better with time.

5 Name: Anonymous : 2008-08-19 22:56 ID:E/o3LPg2

take a few classes in pilates. srsly.

6 Name: Anonymous : 2008-08-20 12:26 ID:Rj9YZkNY

Terrible posture is highly unattractive. It hurts now, because you've been neglecting the straight posture for years. Change it now, before you become a hunchback forever. More pain, more gain.

7 Name: Anonymous : 2008-08-20 17:01 ID:QCB+LZcc


Pilates? I've never heard of this before, though what Google says is interesting.. What are classes like? Is there a way to practice this without having to take a class?


That's mostly what I'm concerned about. I was just worried that, since my back gets strained after a while, I might be doing something wrong that might screw up my back even more.

But apparently, it's only because my body's been used to slouching? If that's the case, I'll just have to tough it out. Thanks for the responses, everyone.

8 Name: Anonymous : 2008-08-20 17:20 ID:nIGWoX58

My posture got much better after I took up taekwondo.

9 Name: Anonymous : 2008-08-20 19:50 ID:ZRg9+ZXn

i wouldnt know what to say cause ive always had straight posture.

umm you dont wanna put a strain on your lower back by clenching your muscles. its something that will fel natural but since youve made the habit of slouching it will feel unnatural and it may hurt since your body is not used to that at first. but the more you sit straight and walk straight, you should regain your body's natural posture.

10 Name: Anonymous : 2008-08-21 11:43 ID:Rj9YZkNY

Think yoga class.
Full of girls. That could be a good or bad thing, depending on your perspective.

11 Name: Anonymous : 2008-08-21 15:26 ID:ZRg9+ZXn


yoga is good. but if you go for the girls and not for the class. theyll know right away. but if youre a yoga god then it wont matter

12 Name: Anonymous : 2008-08-22 05:00 ID:zINV0rzB

will doing pilates help me gain some height? i've been a sloucher and im trying to correct it; height gain would be a huge motivator (im a 5'5 male)

13 Name: Anonymous : 2008-08-22 05:49 ID:ujHHM/lu

It's normal. A lot of people do not walk fully upright, and especially do not sit upright - when you're not used to it, it'll be kind of hard for a while (The walking less than the sitting).

Do not make a hollow back, that won't end well. If you can't seem to find a good posture, try first pressing both shoulders forward and then roll them back as far as possible, then let them fall back to where it feels comfortable. Also what >>2 said - look into the distance.

Don't give up, after a while, it starts feeling natural. And you end up look bigger. ;)

14 Name: Anonymous : 2008-08-22 23:51 ID:Heaven

Yoga is good if you can learn to bend forward... just enough... maybe even just the tip of your tongue...

15 Name: anonymous : 2008-08-24 22:45 ID:ZogHBwY1

if money isn't an issue then go travel somewhere, meet new people.

or you could just wait for more reruns/new episodes and such.

suicide? you call what you do <i>living</i>?

16 Name: anonymous : 2008-08-24 22:49 ID:ZogHBwY1

sorry i thought my first comment didn't go through.
i'm not spamming!

17 Name: Anonymous : 2008-08-26 04:41 ID:LoQF9lte

your body has weight, the spine needs to hold it but to remain straight it needs muscles to keep it up, if you slouch the muscles are not strong enough.

strange that you are short and still have this. i also had it because im very tall, usually very tall people always slouch somewhat. basicaly any form of excercise will help, swimming for example forces you to keep a straight back so your head is out of water, military pushups also, i did yoga too though out of interest in indian culture, it also helped, even doing an extensive spring cleaning, anything just do something!

18 Name: Anonymous : 2008-08-27 16:46 ID:mpCa/i2h

I do yoga for minutes a day, it's great

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