Good Posture

I’m sure you’ve wondered what we, the authors of this blog, look like. Like, spent hours imagining our handsome forms and doodling in your notebooks (?). Well, the wait is over. Sort of. Here is the worst picture I could find of Chris. Okay he edited that in, it’s not the worst.

That facial expression.

That facial expression.

And this is a segue. What’s the main difference between Chris Hemsworth and Chris Auyeung? Apparently long locks of hair, being white, a dope cape, maybe 100 pounds of muscle, and good posture! Pretty much everyone looks more impressive with better posture.

I guess I could have picked a shirtless picture instead. ( img src )

I guess I could have picked a shirtless picture instead. (img src)

Okay, so I’ve piqued your interest and now you’re asking me, “How do I end up looking like Chris Hemsworth or his female equivalent?” Good question. Probably plastic surgery. But, to get posture like his, you can just work on it.

First, what is good posture? Good posture while standing is a straight back, squared shoulders, chin up, chest out, stomach in, feet forward, your hips and knees in a neutral position. If you can draw a straight line from your earlobe through your shoulder, hip, knee, to the middle of your ankle—–you've got it. Full disclosure, I snagged that from WikiHow, and I’m a little embarrassed about it.

For improving posture, the best advice I’ve received was from a nuclear engineer in the Navy (who lived a lot of his 20s in a submarine - impressive!). He told me that when sitting down, if you only have your butt, and not your thighs, resting on the chair/bench/stool, and have your feet on the floor, you’ll naturally sit up straighter. It worked pretty well for me.

Most people also spend a lot of their days staring at a computer screen. I do. Generally, this isn’t great for posture unless you are in an ergonomic set-up - standing desks, ergonomic chairs, monitors at eye level, etc. I guess the advice here is to uh...quit your job? I don’t know. Talk to someone who knows you and knows about ergonomics. Also/or, check out these handy guides from the Mayo and Cleveland clinics. I am currently writing this in a curled up position on a ridiculous recliner, which is terrible for my back. Do as I say, not as I do.

Hopefully improvements to your posture will help you land that promotion/date/local theater troupe gig you’ve been eyeing. And if not, you know what they say, good posture is close to godliness, or something. I love misquoting idioms.