Thursday, September 23, 2010

Improving posture

My neck is stiff from falling yesterday, and I have a busy day ahead of me, so I don't think I'll be able to get out to the barn today. In the meantime, though, I found an article on improving your posture that I hope will help me while riding, too.

Checking your reflection periodically to be sure you aren't slouching is great advice, and will easily translate to riding when I ride in the indoor arena, where there are mirrors on the wall. The rest of the tips I will have to apply to my non-riding life, and hope that a straighter back will follow me onto the horse.

My problems with posture don't occur so much when I'm standing, as when I'm sitting, so I like tip number two. I think that's how I've gotten so bad — sitting at my computer all day. I'll have to see if I can find a way to remedy my sitting posture while I work.

Which of these tips do you find most useful? Do you have to remind yourself not to slouch when you ride, too?



At September 24, 2010 at 7:21 AM, Blogger Sydney_bitless said...

Heels down, eyes up and elbows in is my cure all for slouching. Put those three together and you ride properly.

At September 25, 2010 at 6:46 PM, Blogger Katharine Swan said...

I'm pretty sure I can do all that without straightening my back, unfortunately, and I probably do. :-\ I think I'm going to call it "computer back" because I'm pretty sure that's where it comes from -- slouching over my desk in front of my laptop all the time. A hazard of my line of work, I'm afraid!


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