Like many brides, wedding planning started long before you got engaged. You’ve thought about your dress, the venue, the colors, who will be in your bridal party and everything in between. But what about your posture? Posture is easy to neglect and forget about, but in reality it’s one of the most important aspects of your wedding day. Standing up straight with your shoulders back will not only make you look thinner in your dress, it will also help keep you feeling confident and in control – things every bride strives for on what is often a chaotic and emotional day. So take the time to invest in yourself and commit to beautiful posture starting today.
Good posture doesn’t always get noticed (unless you’re Taylor Swift), but bad posture sure does. The camera doesn’t lie, and you the last thing you want is to be disappointed by slouchy posture in your wedding photos. To avoid the dreaded round-shoulder look, take a few preventative measures to make sure you’re happy with how you (and your bridal party) will look.
Add back strengthening exercise to your gym routine. A strong, toned back wont just look great in your dress, it will also help you achieve beautiful, effortless posture. There 3 major muscle groups in the back, plus more than 70 smaller muscles that support the spine, helping it stay stacked and aligned. The stronger these muscles are, the better support they provide. Not to mention, a weak back can wreak havoc on your health, resulting in pain, fatigue and limited fitness ability. Fortunately, many muscles can be worked simultaneously, so no need to do hundreds of exercises every time you workout. Try these simple back strengthening exercises next time you hit the gym.
Be mindful of how much weight you carry. Do you carry a heavy purse or laptop bag every day? Carrying heavy bags on a single shoulder can be detrimental to your posture and your back, throwing off your natural gait and putting unnecessary strain on your muscles. We recommend using a bag that evenly distributes weight (like a backpack) or reducing the amount of weight you carry. Take some time to go through the contents of your bag and weeding out items that aren’t absolutely necessary. Items like makeup bags and bulky laptop chargers can probably stay at home or in the car when not in use.
Ditch the stilettos. Yes, we actually went there. As much as you love your 3 or 4 inch heels, they might be causing you to slouch or hunch. Wearing comfortable shoes keeps you stable, allowing you to stand up straight more easily and move more naturally.
Set up an ergonomic work station. If you work at a desk, make sure your work station is set up to support your back and provide maximum comfort. Proper furniture and alignment will help keep your back healthy and happy, plus alleviate stress and unnecessary pain. Ask your employer to set you up with an ergonomic consultation or if you feel like taking matters into your own hands, check out 5 ways to make your office more ergonomic.
Practice your perfect posture in the mirror. To avoid common posture mistakes like sticking your chest out too much, learn what good posture looks and feels like. Standing in front of the mirror, get into good posture and observe how it makes you feel. Is it uncomfortable? Does it look unnatural? Adjust your body so you look as natural as possible, avoiding stiffness or arching your back. For more tips on getting into good posture, see Lumo’s Ultimate Guide to Good Posture.
Practice makes perfect. If you want to boast perfect posture on your wedding day, start training yourself now. The Lumo Lift posture coach and activity tracker is a discreet and stylish tool that can help get your posture in shape before the big day. Tip – It also makes a great gift for bridal parties, groomsmen, parents and anyone else involved in your wedding.
Start your positive habit change today with Lumo Lift
Lumo Lift is a small lightweight wearable that tracks and coaches you on your posture, as well as tracks daily activity, such as steps taken, distance traveled and calories burned. Compatible with iOS/iPhone, Windows desktop and select Android devices. Free shipping, 30-day money back guarantee and 1 year limited warranty.
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