I always start my weight loss class with this question:
“Do you want to lose five pounds right now? Right this minute?!”
They always laugh and say, “Yes!” So I tell them to stand up in front of their chairs. I look around the room and say: “Now, Stand Up Straight!” They all stand up straighter and they all look better. Here’s an example from yours truly. Two different pictures taken late this summer:
Slumping a bit here:
And here I am consciously engaging my core abdominal muscles and standing up straight and tall.
I think the difference is pretty dramatic. I’ve got a tendency to slump and then I look bad.
I’ve been working since last summer on strengthening my core muscles and it is making a different in how I carry myself. Here’s a good website that has a lot of exercises on core strengthening and anything else you’d like to strengthen!
While standing up straight won’t make you lose weight, it will definitely make you look better!
Do you have any tricks for remembering to engage your core and stand up straight? Any favorite exercises? Diane