Slouchy looks good on bags and boots... on you, not so much. Good posture is an easy and very important way to maintain a healthy mind and body. When you practice correct posture, your body is in alignment with itself. This can alleviate common problems such as back or neck pain, headaches, and fatigue.
Take a stand. Distribute your weight evenly on both feet, keeping your pelvis and shoulders in line. Raise your chest and shoulders to maintain your spine's natural S-shaped curve, and hold your head up so your earlobes are directly above your shoulders. If you're still unsure of the proper position, try standing with your back against a wall and rotating your shoulder blades until they touch it -- that's your ideal posture.
Get up and move. As muscles tire, slouching, slumping, and other poor postures become more likely; this in turn puts extra pressure on the neck and back. In order to maintain a relaxed yet supported posture, change positions frequently. One way is to take a break from sitting in an office chair every half hour for two minutes in order to stretch, stand, or walk.
Stick to it. The major part of maintaining proper posture is reminding yourself to stand and sit straight — and this is the hardest part. Use these little tips to make sure you don't cheat:
Tell your friends: They can serve as your support system and they will be glad to elbow you when you're caught slouching.
Use Post-It notes: Put them in areas you see daily: your medicine cabinet mirror, your rearview mirror and your computer monitor.
Feel the results: Keep looking at the difference between good posture and the one you see in the mirror to really visualize the work to be done.