We’ve all heard, “keep your elbows off the table” and “stand up straight when you meet someone new.” But why? I will tell you it is not just about being proper. It’s more than that: it is about protecting your body.
There is so much more to posture than just simply making a good impression. What if I told you that standing straight wasn’t about the other person you are interacting with, but more about you? When you are your tallest, strongest self, people notice you and your confidence, and people will take you seriously.
This does not need to be a complete life change. You can start with one simple step…literally.
Check your feet. Everything starts with your feet. Glance at your feet every so often while you walk:
Are they pointing forward? Are you stepping heal-ball and pushing off with your toes?
These tips don’t just apply to standing and walking. You can also apply these tips when you are seated. Seated posture tips are almost more important, in fact, because so much of our day requires us to be in a seated position. So let’s check our back when seated:
Are you sitting up as tall as you can? To check this position, clasp your hands and press them up toward the lights, and then tuck your chin so you can focus on elongating your spine, not arching it.
These tips are only the beginning! At the May 31 WEN is Now, we will go over how you can lose 5 pounds in 5 minutes to create smooth lines and boost your confidence in your work attire AND your bikini this summer!
I’ll show you stretches you can do from your personal workspace (like THESE) to reduce neck and back pain, and even a few simple workout moves to keep your energy up during the day. I’ll also be giving away some free stuff (psst: free individual posture assessments and so much more!).
Learn more about how to exude confidence and demand the attention you deserve by joining me on May 31 for Power Posture: Strong Aligned Bodies for Increased Productivity. Check out my related blog posts Standing Strong and Sittin’ Tips.
And if you want to jumpstart your workplace wellness lifestyle before we meet, SIGN UP HERE. You’ll be ahead of the game, and YOUR BODY and YOUR BOSS will thank you.
Join me this May, National Posture Month.
Be FIT. Be Productive. Be Jōbu.
Alessa Caridi is a certified Pilates instructor, artist, dance technician, and functional fitness speaker. She has a passion for perfecting her healthy self, fully understanding the wonderful machine that is the human body, and passing along her knowledge to her clients. Alessa’s passions were ignited during her time at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) where she studied anatomy and performing arts and obtained her B.A. in World Arts and Cultures, Dance Concentration.
Alessa has lived and danced on 3 continents. From her time abroad, she’s witnessed how other cultures care for their citizens’ mental health. But, her 3 years in Japan, showed her the care and emphases the Japanese put on their physical health. After years of seeing the daily Japanese practice called Radio Taiso ( ラジオ体操), she knew it had to come to the states. Alessa translated the Japanese practice for the American working professional and the JōbuFIT program was born.
Alessa has seen the effects JōbuFIT has had on working professionals. Now, she strives to share her tips for perfecting your properly aligned Jōbu-body, increasing workplace productivity, and reducing the risks of injury and illness with anyone who will listen. Best of all she will demonstrate how all types of people can get in short effective workouts no need to sweat it out or change your clothes!
Again, Alessa’s words to live by: proper posture isn’t just about being proper anymore. It’s about protecting your body to live a healthy life, to live life to its fullest, and to age gracefully.
Connect with Alessa: www.jobufit.com
Join YWCA Bergen County and presenter Alessa Caridi for our May 31 Power Posture: Strong Aligned Bodies for Increased Productivity. Register online today! Get more information about WEN is Now Memberships and upcoming monthly topics.