February To-Do List

Up Right Tests

Test 1) Stand against a wall with shoulders, buttocks, and head touching wall.

Test 2) Sit down at your computer or e-comm device as if you are using it.

Test 3) Walk across sand, snow, or a tile floor so that you can see your footprints.

Test 4) Sit down as if you were about to watch tv.

Test 1. If you feel any discomfort while standing against the wall, then your posture is usually improper. Now that you are aware of this, practice proper standing repeatedly daily, being sure that your chin is parallel to the floor. Any discomfort will decrease as you adjust your habitual way of standing.

Test 2. If you slouch or your wrist or arm aches, reposition your e-device, and the angle of your arm and wrist. Your buttocks should touch the back of the chair, your head should be erect on the spine, and feet flat on the floor. If needed, adjust any or all of the elements so that you can operate your device without strain.

Test 3. Your feet should point forward when walking, not at an angle. If your footprints were connected with a line, they should produce a railroad track, not a “V.” When walking, your arms should swing freely and forward at your side. Your chin should be parallel to the floor and your ears, hips, and ankles should be in line.

Test 4. Your chair or couch should allow your buttocks to touch the back of the seat, feet flat on the floor, and the tv should be at a height that allows viewing with no neck strain.

Proper posture requires no slouching, no hunching, and no jutting of the head forward or to the side.

Proper posture is attained through strengthening of core muscles and through flexibility. Muscles work in pairs, so always exercise opposing muscle groups. Gentle stretching improves flexibility and relieves pressure on the joints and improves movement.

Proper posture enhances your physical stability, your image, and your health with no monetary outlay and minimum work. Awareness is the first step to making it happen: the rest is up to you.


  1. Having grown up with Scoliosis nannies should look for signs of it in their charges. You won't look at the feet but at the shoulders or if a skirt doesn't sit quite right on the child.The emotions are horrible for a teen with Scoliosis. Wearing a brace to school is embarrasing. Kids are harsh already. Helping them learn to deal with the social stigma of wearing a brace is important. I prefer to wear clothes over the brace so buy clothes to cover the brace.

  2. Thanks for the tips. Posture is something that most of us don't pay nearly enough attention to.

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