Resolution 2016: My Goal to Stop the Slouch

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The 1957 International Posture Queen. Photo: Buzzfeed.com

The 1957 International Posture Queen. Photo: Buzzfeed.com

There’s no delicate way to put this: I have terrible posture. I could list a ton of excuses, from my height (you try standing up straight when your friends’ heads are at shoulder level), laziness or just the general lack of caring. I can still hear my mom reprimanding 10-year-old me as I sat hunched over in front of the TV: “sit up straight or your back will be stuck like that.” Well Patty, you were right! And now 13 years later, I’m finally ready to do something about it.

So for 2016, I’ve decided to face my spine-curving problem head-on. And since every mission needs a reliable squad, I’ve found some solid contenders to guide me through my resolution journey. Shoulders back, head up, read on:

1. Core-Strengthening Exercises

Photo: Huffingtonpost.com

Photo: Huffingtonpost.com

You can’t build a house without a solid foundation, and you can’t maintain good posture with a weak core! Admittedly, I’ve never been one for physical exertion, and this is probably the root of my posture problem. By adopting a variety of simple exercises that work and strengthen your abdominal and lower back muscles, you’ll have a good base for naturally holding yourself in a neutral position. Best of all? No gym trips required.

2. An Ergonomic Chair

Photo: Krrb.com

Photo: Krrb.com

My desk chair at work may keep my back happy, but the one in my apartment is a different story. All of my hard work doing core-strengthening exercises will be undone once I plop onto my plastic chair to binge watch Forensic Files…unless I upgrade. Ergonomic chairs like this one work to keep you comfortable, while stabilizing your back in good form. Check out the rest of these seating options on Krrb to ensure your next work session is comfy and supportive.

3. The Purrfect Posture Pal: Nekoze

Photo: Meilleurmobile.com

Photo: Meilleurmobile.com

If I’m gonna listen to any authority figure, a cat is a great place to start. Our hero Nekoze arrives in the form of a free app that monitors posture through your computer’s camera, sending out little warning messages when it senses you’ve slouched. Since I spend most of my day in front of a low computer, it’s easy to fall into the pattern of Classic Arched Back. A little nudge of motivation from a feline friend could be just what I need!

4. Wearable Tech

Photo: Zikto.com

Photo: Zikto.com

Nekoze might have your desk covered, but what happens when you walk away? With it’s sleek design and promise of keeping my chin up and back straight, Zikto is looking like the solution. Aside from tracking your general fitness, Zikto sends a small vibration through your wrist if it senses you’re slouching while walking. If for some reason my wrists are resistant, there are a ton of other versatile tech options out there, including monitors that sit against the lower back for the best possible reading. It’s gonna be a good year!

If you have any other posture-perfecting tricks that have worked for you, let me know in the comments. I’ll report back with a status update on meeting my goal!