|One of our beach cleaners taking a break|
Most of us are guilty of bad posture, some or the time - or, let's be honest - most of the time. Just look in a shop window as you browse. My physio gave me a severe lecture concerning this topic and I now try very hard to follow her advice - I check my posture whenever I remember. It has certainly paid dividends with regard to backache.
I found this advice in a magazine the other day - stand with you feet slightly apart, back to a wall; place your head against the wall, chin parallel to the ground; push your shoulder blades back until they touch the wall (chest out), now touch the wall with your bottom. Your spine should now be correctly aligned. I did wonder though if this can work across cultures: our Bushmen and African peoples tend to have very large behinds (could they touch the wall?) Maybe it's like IQ tests - you can't ask a primitive tribesman to operate a can opener, he will have quite different skills. Just thinking.