CELEB TIPS FOR
AN A-LIST POSTURE
WHEN I STOPPED PRAISING MYSELF FOR SELF-TORTURE AND BEGAN LISTENING TO MY BODY...
YOUR POSTURE IS AN EXPRESSION OF YOURSELF
Your posture and the way you sit, stand and move are physical expressions of who you are. Healthy postures indicate vitality and confidence, while slouching postures send the message you are tired or have low self-esteem. Says Dr Drew, author of Red Carpet Posture, "Posture is expressed by your body from head to toe. It is the alignment of your head, body, spine, shoulders, hips and feet all in relation to one another. Your posture is a statement of who you are, and it is important to have good posture to express to others and yourself that you are confident and to be respected."
WHAT IS A RED-CARPET POSTURE?
According to Dr Drew, who is concerned that people will emulate those rounded-shoulder A-list idols, a red carpet posture means standing tall, not short and slouched, with your shoulders back (not rolled forward) and your stomach up and in, and not allowing yourself to stand flat footed. "It's presenting yourself as if you are always on the red carpet," the celebrity health and fitness expert says.
Achieving that glamorous posture is a matter of being conscious of how you are holding your body, making adjustments to stand tall and properly aligned, and reinforcing this postural stance with core work, strength-training exercises and stretching.
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QUICK TIPS TO IMPROVE POSTURE
Changing your posture will feel unnatural initially, but with practice, can make a red carpet posture part of your normal way of sitting, standing and moving. Dr Drew recommends the following:
1. Hold your shoulder blades back. Keep your shoulders and shoulder blades down and back, towards each other. Pretend that you have an orange between your shoulder blades and you are trying to squeeze it to make orange juice.
2. Bring your head over your shoulders. When you move your shoulder blades back, your head will naturally align with the shoulders. "This is the same advice that I gave to Jeanie Buss of the LA Lakers [who is also featured in my new book], to help her reduce the incidence of tension headaches," says Dr Drew.
3. Pull your belly button back towards your spine. Pretend that something is grabbing your belly button and pulling it in and up the spine. This will help to give the appearance of a flatter tummy. "When I worked with Madonna years ago on tour, this is the advice that I gave her to help reduce her lower back discomfort during her performances," adds Dr Drew.
4. Work on balance. Exercises using the balance ball are perfect for stimulating the abdominal or core muscles to help improve posture. Balance ball exercises (illustrated in Red Carpet Posture) include crunches, leg and arm extensions, planks, back extensions, wall squats and a variety of other moves that challenge the entire body. Dr Drew says, "Any exercises that encourage you to use balance will help stimulate muscles that aid in posture."
5. Be consistent. Being conscious about your alignment and making corrective adjustments throughout the day will improve your posture even if you don't have time for exercise. Consistent strength and flexibility training, however, will more effectively give you an A-list stance. Dr Drew explains, "If one can do exercises to improve posture for just 20 minutes, twice a week, it can make all the difference. The exercises don't need to be strenuous; they can be performed as one or two sets of 15 comfortable reps each."
BENEFITS OF A PROPERLY ALIGNED POSTURE
Besides improving your appearance, a healthy posture provides other benefits. A properly aligned posture reduces the frequency of tension headaches, cuts back pain and shoulder discomfort, and even reduces the risk of spinal injuries. According to Dr Drew, a red carpet posture also will make you appear taller and thinner. The Hollywood physical therapist adds, "Most importantly, you will display a look of confidence and respect that will make you look glamorous!"
By the time I was 7 years old, Monty Roberts already suspected there was a better way to train horses. Roberts spent his childhood watching cowboys break animals in the traditional way, using restriction, force, and punishment. But he also watched the horses themselves, noticing that they communicated with one another in a language of postures and movements. Roberts suspected that if trainers learned to understand and use this language, the horses would cooperate much more willingly. He was right. Roberts's now famous method, termed horse whispering, can accomplish in 30 gentle minutes what might take traditional trainers three brutal weeks.
I don't have a horse, but I've found Monty Roberts's philosophy very effective in training an animal I do own: me. My body, to be exact. For the first half of my life, I set about "breaking" my body by controlling it with various forms of discipline, and it worked: My body broke. I was chronically ill by the time it occurred to me that anyone caught treating a beast of burden the way I treated myself would be arrested for cruelty to animals. I began to speculate that my body would cooperate better if I learned to "whisper" to it, to interpret its signals and treat it with respect.
If you haven't yet learned this lesson, age will teach it to you. Pain, illness, and exhaustion are wonderfully persuasive instructors, and they increase with time unless we learn to heed them. Great! Aging prompts us to learn our body's language, and this can be downright redemptive. In fact, the more we learn to communicate with our bodies, the more we may feel as though we're aging backward, like Merlin the Magician, becoming healthier and more comfortable in our skin with the passage of time.
Why Body Whisper?
"As we get older," my doctors used to say, "symptoms like yours just start to happen." This is not a comforting thing to hear at the age of 18. Maniacal dieting, intense exercise, persistent sleep deprivation, and self-imposed stress had turned me into a teenage cornucopia of illnesses that usually plague much older people. My muscles and joints hurt constantly. My organs were deteriorating. I contracted every infectious illness the breeze could carry. After more than a decade of this, physicians guessed that I had some unnamed autoimmune syndrome. They had no idea what to do about it. My own approach was to resist, ignore, or rage at my body, but after a couple of near-lethal health crises, I realized this wasn't good enough. I had to force myself to treat my physical being more considerately. It helped me to stop thinking of my body as me and to begin thinking of it as a useful, valuable workhorse. From this perspective, my lifestyle appeared not as righteous self-discipline but as sheer brutality. When I stopped praising myself for self-torture and began listening to my body, I found that there was wisdom in my cells to exceed anything my bewildered doctors could offer. Like a horse that knows the way home, my body naturally gravitated toward the things that were good for it—for all of me. Listening to its "language" improved every aspect of my life: social, emotional, spiritual, and professional, as well as physical. The same thing can happen to you, if you're willing to take up body whispering.
The first step toward learning your body's language is to recognize and challenge the attitudes you've inherited from your culture. Western religious and philosophical traditions conceptualize each person as a "ghost in the machine," a rational or divine mind unfortunately trapped in plodding, carnal flesh. This is reinforced whenever we ogle "beautiful people" who have starved, drugged, or tortured their bodies into submission. Many of us end up directing a steady stream of cruel, condemnatory thoughts toward our body. This is no way to train an animal. Behavioral scientists have found that creatures respond much more enthusiastically to praise and reward than to insult and punishment. To learn body whispering, discipline your mind, not your body. Turn yourself into a kinder, gentler trainer of the most valuable animal you'll ever own. You might want to try the following tactics.
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« Façon de se tenir, façon d’être » …. Aussi bien corporelle que psychique
Le terme de « posture » que nous allons retenir appartient plus spécifiquement au vocabulaire de la physiologie générale (…)
L’attitude corporelle représente une sorte de structure de base, une organisation tonique ( mais pas pour autant définitive) et se rapproche ainsi de la morphologie en ce sens qu’elle donne une certaine forme au corps, propre à chaque individu ; l’attitude corporelle constitue par ailleurs l’autre versant de l’attitude psychique engagée dans les perceptions, la pensées, les comportements.
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