Whether you're driving, sitting at work, bouncing a baby, or all of the above, you can do small, good things for your body. Most of the time, we don't realize how much our little habits effect us-- today and twenty years from now. If your body is moving in proper alignment, when you add a load (carrying a baby, working out) your body is better prepared to handle it. When we're not in proper alignment, we tend to find ourselves with aches and injuries, chronic and acute. Here are three things you can do right now to help yourself feel a little lighter on your feet today and create long-term, happy-body habits.
1 | Pull your belly button in. It will automatically lift you. Pulling in your 'navel to spine' automatically activates the muscles that support your spine. So you'll stand taller, look slimmer, and take much of the weight out of your lower back.
2 | Roll your shoulders down and slightly back. This takes the tension out of the neck and shoulders and activates the shoulder girdle muscles, so the support comes from your back. It also opens up your chest so people can see your gorgeous face and shoulders, and says, "hello!" to the world.
3 | Drop your chin and lengthen the back of your neck. Usually when we think of standing up straight, it involves puffing up our chest and cricking our chin way up in the air ("military posture"). I'm not sure where we get this idea. Instead, image a string pulling up out of the crown of the head. Allowing the back of the neck to lengthen so the chin can naturally drop puts everything in its optimal place. Which can mean less neck tension, fewer headaches, and fewer problems down the road.