The Power of Good Posture

August 31, 2010 at 10:40 am , by

PostureI’ll never forget my first elegant New York dinner party. It was the late 1990s and I was invited to a seated dinner at a posh Upper West Side apartment, attended by a fascinating assortment of writers, artists, photographers and musicians. As I sat down next to a very attractive gentleman, he noted, “You have really good posture.” Maybe it wasn’t the compliment of my dreams, but it was memorable!

I do have good posture. I don’t know if my mom instilled that in me, or if years of yoga classes straightened out my spine. But for those of us who sit at a desk for hours a day, good posture is vital to our health. So I was thrilled when we ran a story in our September issue called “Don’t Be a Slouch,” and when the Today Show asked me to come on and demonstrate some of my good-posture moves.

Check Out My Posture Moves with Hoda and Kathie Lee on the Today Show
I was in the Today Show studio for a run-through the night before with producer Bruce Lamb, above, and we decided we would demonstrate the old “balance a book on your head” posture move. It’s not as easy as it looks! To see how Kathie Lee and Hoda did with their book balancing (and to see my techniques for sitting at a computer, holding a cell phone and carrying heavy bags), watch the Today Show video clip here. It’s a blast, and I guarantee it’ll have you practicing your dance moves while carrying books on your head—and sitting up straighter, too.

2 Responses to “The Power of Good Posture”

  1. Good article. Of course, with so many of us now having sedentary lifestyles at work and home, sitting posture is also important. In particular, if you spend hours each day using a computer at work, school or home, it’s vital to remember to sit in a good posture, and to take regular short breaks from your computer, to protect yourself from back pain and other problems.

    However, if you’re engrossed in what you’re doing, your posture is often the last thing on your mind. The result is, if you look around a typical office, you’ll see most people sitting in damaging postures because they’ve reverted to bad old habits.

    That was my experience – I’m pretty fit, do plenty of exercise, and also knew how I should sit. But I developed back pain from working in an office for hours on end and sitting in bad postures. As a result, I’ve developed award-winning PostureMinder software to help computer users correct their posture and adopt healthy, ergonomic working habits. There’s a free 30 day trial download on my website

  2. Hi all! I’m originally from London but am living in Berlin at the moment.
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