Sitting Pretty in the Car
Before we get to the steps for looking and feeling better in the car, I wanted to share a snapshot from yesterday since I did not check in with a video. As promised, I woke up and got to work on my morning routine which included getting dressed to shoes, and putting on makeup. (That's three straight days, y'all!)
Alright, let's begin!
- Adjust seat to encourage good posture. Some modern headrests are constructed to support the head with the seat in a semi-reclined position. Since you're practicing healthy posture, your seat will not be reclined, but upright. In this new position, the headrest may force your head forward. If so, try doing what I did and turn the headrest around. Problem solved.
- Bring pelvis forward, leaving your waist in a scooped position. Do not allow your bottom to jut out toward the back of your chair. When your bottom is tucked in, you'll feel your stomach muscles contract, and your naval pull closer to your spine, defining your waist. (Feeling your stomach muscles contract will indicate to you that you have your pelvis in the proper position.) The spine of your lower back will no longer curve in toward your front, but be pulled in line with the rest of your back, resting on the seatback.
- Pull your shoulders down, away from your ears.
- Shoulders blades should be flat against the car seat, not pulled back and jutting out like you're doing the chicken dance. Pulling shoulders "back" can have the wrong affect on posture, and is nearly impossible to maintain. As a large busted teenager, I thought good posture made me look like I was sticking out my chest. (Good posture will increase your bust size, unfortunately for some of us, but if you're doing it right the look is quite natural and no one will perceive you to be 'sticking out your chest'.) That misunderstanding was the beginning of my poor posture habits. Instead of pulling your shoulders back, imagine laying on the ground with your shoulder blades flat beneath you. This is their proper position.
- And finally, square your shoulders a bit. Several of the steps above will have assisted you in this step. But for those with severely rounded shoulders, they will need to practice an extra step. Janice Novak explains this beautifully in her book, Get It Straight. Practice this step by standing with both arms by your side. If your shoulders are overly rounded, you will find that your thumbs are brushing your thighs. Rotate thumbs away from thighs until your pinky finger is now positioned next parallel to the side of your thighs. Did you notice the affect this had on your shoulders? Once that feeling is familiar, you'll be able to open up your shoulders without rotating your wrist.
- Your neck should be back, and inline with the base of your spine. Until I began correcting my poor posture, I didn't realize how many of us have developed the unattractive and unhealthy habit of drooping our neck forward at its base, then curving it up at the top in order to lift the face so we can see what is in front of us. It's hard on us physically and is terribly inelegant. (If you'll notice in the still shots posted here, I have done a lot of damage to my back by remaining in this position too often. It will take me months of work to fully be able to sit correctly.)
- Pull your head up, away from your shoulders. This will lengthen your neck and torso for a graceful look while allowing your nerves and circulation to work properly. The resting place for your head should feel perfectly balanced on the neck, not tilting in any direction unless you are briefly positioning it for a better view.
Bonus tip: Place a small Post-it note on the radio display of your car. I use Pink to remind me of my Posture! This was just the reminder I needed to correct my posture while driving. With practice, sitting pretty will become second nature. I hope.
Below I've included several photos to help illustrate the points above, and just for fun a few shots from my day.
Thank you for joining me today, ladies! Please leave your tips for sitting pretty in the car in the comment section below. I've also included the corresponding video, and some snaps from my day.