What is good standing posture?

Don't let something as simple as standing up incorrectly wreak havoc on your body. Safety tip No. 1: Plant your feet solidly under you and use your leg muscles to lift yourself out of bed, off the couch, or up from a chair. Safety tip No. 2: Listen to your body. If an achy back or cranky knees protest when you stand, schedule occupational or physical therapy sessions for safer, pain-free ways to do it. When standing for long periods, wear comfortable, supportive shoes. Distribute your weight equally between both feet, and rest one foot on a low stool. Keep your spine straight, your shoulders back, and your head lifted.

Generally good standing posture (from a side view) is a straight line from middle of the ankle joint to the ear and skull.  The frontal view should demonstrate a straight spine and level hips, shoulders and head.

For achieving a good standing posture, here's an excellent exercise and stretch: First, stand up straight and squeeze/ retract your shoulder blades/scapula together.  Tighten your butt muscles together and perform the drawing-in maneuver by taking a deep breath in, and then pull in your belly button toward your spine while you slowly breathe out for up to 30 seconds.

The drawing-in maneuver activates your transverse abdominis, internal obliques and the mutifidus muscles, putting your lumbar/low back spine in a good posture, while protecting the lumbar area.

Performing this exercise/stretch 4 to 5 times per day will improve your posture and structural strength.

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