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Good posture makes people look better. It makes you look younger and inspires confidence, and it feels good.
Good posture is a habit, and so is poor posture. The military is effective at training good posture. Typical causes of poor posture are psychological, lack of training, aging, and physical weakness.
If you want to improve your posture, just imagine your Mom reminding to to sit up, or stand up, straight, all day long. Then you can work on your abdominal and back muscles, which are what make standing upright possible. Here you go: Exercises for Better Posture.
Life training matters, and can only come from home. Moms say "Stand up straight, look people in the eye, have a firm handshake and a pleasant but reserved demeanor. Nobody wants to know your natural self."
Maybe. However there is that thing called 'inheritance' (whether genetic, protein or a combination, whatEVAR - your previous post?).
My Mum had perfect bones well into her late 90's. She also had great posture (was an athlete most of her adult life - could out snow-shoe her athletic daughter (me) when she was in her 80's).
But she developed 'head forward' posture. I have been working on avoiding that for the past 15 years and guess what? THERE IT IS. It developed about the same time Mum's did. Not her fault, not mine. Just the way of Nature.
I do sit all day in front of a monitor, being an engineer, however, I sit perfectly square and with my head held high as I learned in modeling school (something a lot of girls in my generation endured). Still. THERE IT IS.
Oh well. I'll still sit as square as possible, but I believe I shovel sand against the tide.
Deadlifts (is there anything they CAN'T do?) and low (cable) rows.
Also don't use some crummy folding table and office chair for your desk. Get a desk you can adjust the height on, and set it and your chair so that your feet are flatish on the floor with your legs supported a bit by the chair.
Or just get one of those large balls to sit on. That forces your stomach and back to work.
And of course there's the walking desk.
William O. B'Livion
The single best posture advice I got from the Military was "Shoulders back and down." When I feel that I'm schlumping, I remind myself of that, makes you stand tall/sit straight. If you work at that, your posture almost can't be bad.
Formerly known as Skeptic