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You should always walk with your head held high, but you should especially do so on your wedding day! Did you know that good posture can boost your confidence and productivity, not to mention make you look taller and slimmer in your dress? So if you're not focusing on sitting up straight already, now's the time to really get growing and realign that spine. Don't worry — we've got your back.
1. Imagine you're wearing chandelier earrings you want everyone to see
Easy enough, right, brides? According to certified Pilates instructor and wellness expert Nicole LaBonde, lifting your ears up and away from your shoulders like you're trying to show off long, gorgeous diamond earrings will help you look and stand taller, lengthening the neck and improving text/computer posture.
2. Sit on the edge of your chair
If talking your boss into buying you a standing desk isn't an option, practice sitting at the edge of your chair while you work instead, recommends Kelly Green, co-owner of The Yoga Joint. "Put your ankles under your knees, lift your chest and root your tailbone."
3. Sign up for some barre classes (or do push-ups at home)
Create your very own long, lean ballerina body by committing to two to three barre classes per week the month before the wedding, advises Einat Naveh, Founder & CEO of Bridal Boost. No time for barre class? No problem! "Simple push-ups and planks five to six days per week for the month leading up to the big day (with some torso stretches thrown in there too) should do the trick. Plus, there's the added benefit of sleek arms," she says.
4. Adjust your car's rear view mirror
Yes, you can practice perfecting your posture even when you're on the go! Londin Angel Winters, Co-Founder and CEO of Metaphysical Fitness, suggests sitting in your car in the best posture you can possibly maintain and setting your rear view mirror to that height. "Then during the day, if you slouch, you'll notice you can't see out of your rear view and remind yourself to sit up straight. This is an important part of building the 'muscle memory' to hold good posture all the time."
5. Lunge it out
Believe it or not, stretching is a critical component of good posture. For example, doing a deep runner's lung stretches the psoas muscle, which, when tight causes shoulder hunching and the appearance of a protruding belly, explains structural bodyworker Rachael Scott, BS, LMP. "Follow that up with pelvic rocking/tilting to put your pelvis in the best position to support your rib cage, providing spring in your low back and lift through the chest area."
6. Do a quick wall fix
Stand against a wall with your heels six to eight inches from it, instructs Darin Hulslander, Owner and CEO of DNS Performance and Nutrition. Press your back, hips and head against the wall. "Now, reach your hand around, and try to slide it in the space created between your back and the wall. If there's enough room to fit a hand, tighten your abs more so that your entire back is pressed against the wall." This is ideal standing posture, points out Hulslander. Do it throughout the day so your body memorizes the position.