Women, Stand Up…Straight!

Posture for Women Over 50: The Importance of Sitting and Standing Upright

As women age, they often experience changes in their posture. This can be due to factors such as arthritis, osteoporosis, perhaps an injury, poor footwear and weak muscles. However, good posture is important at any age and can help prevent back pain, improve breathing, and increase confidence.

Sitting Upright
When sitting, it’s important to maintain good posture. This means keeping your feet flat on the floor, your back straight, and your shoulders relaxed. Avoid crossing your legs, as this can cause strain on the back and hips.

If you’re using a chair, make sure it has adequate support for your back and that the height is adjustable. Consider using a cushion, a pillow or lumbar roll to provide additional support for your lower back.

Standing Upright
When standing, it’s important to keep your head up, shoulders back, and stomach pulled in. This helps to align your spine and distribute weight evenly.

It’s also important to wear comfortable shoes that provide adequate support. Avoid high heels, as they can put a strain on your back and cause you to lean forward. I know, I know…I also love wearing fashionable footwear, and I still do, but not as often as I used to.

Incorporating Exercise
Exercise can help improve posture and prevent pain. Consider activities such as yoga, Pilates, and tai chi, which can help to strengthen the muscles that support your back and improve balance.

If you’re just starting out, begin with gentle exercises and gradually increase intensity as you feel more comfortable. It’s important to always listen to your body and never push yourself beyond your limits.

Gadgets
This holiday, my daughter gifted me with a little gadget called Upright. She knows I am always trying to improve my posture and my husband is always telling me to stand up straight, so it was actually a very good idea.

I have no affiliation with Upright, but I like! Upright is a small square device about the size of a thumb that you stick on your back. It suprisingly stays put. It then connects to an app on your phone and sends a very gentle vibration when you start to hunch over. I was a bit skeptical at first wondering if the little vibrating reminder would drive me crazy. It didn’t. It feels a little like a vibration from an Apple watch, if you have one of those. So, maybe my brain is already trained for this feeling.

I noticed that I hunch over most when I am cooking. It makes sense, because I often feel I need a good stretch on the floor if I spend too much time over the stove.

Overall, I am pretty excited about Upright and can recommend it. I would love to hear your feedback if you have one or try it. My daughter bought it at an Apple Store in Spain, but they have a website UprightPose.com where you can order it too.

In conclusion, good posture is important for women over 50 and can help prevent back pain, improve breathing, and increase confidence. Incorporating simple habits such as sitting and standing upright and exercising regularly can help you maintain good posture. There will likely be more gadgets like Upright coming on to the market, so if you’re a gadget girl like me, stay tuned. Remember, it’s never too late to start taking care of your posture!

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