What can you do to improve your pelvic position? From the side view, it has to be aligned with your feet and shoulders in a certain way. I assume you already did your posture self-evaluation and practiced a parallel feet position last week.
Your Current Pelvic Position
As you already know, most of us have a bad habit of pushing the pelvis forward when we stand or walk. Here are the examples:
Proper Pelvic Position
For pelvis to correctly support the upper body weight and keep the spine in a correct position, it has to be aligned this way: the imaginary line between the middle of the hip and an ankle has to be strictly vertical. In other words, it has to be perpendicular to the floor. Look at the pictures below: pelvis is pushed forward on the left, and positioned correctly on the right. Butt is tucked under on the left and has an immediate lift on the right.
Get Into Better Pelvic Position – Easy Tip for This Week
To achieve a better pelvic position, you need to start practicing whenever you have a chance.
Obviously, you cannot be checking yourself in the mirror all day long. Here is an easy solution instead:
- Stand with your feet parallel, hip-width apart.
- Drop your head down and look on your feet. When you can see just the top of your ankles (red circles), your butt moved into correct position. The good this about this method is that your body automatically knows what to do in order to see your ankles.
At first, practice it near a full-size mirror. Stand sideways to a mirror and look at yourself sideways. If your pelvis is pushed forward, practice the move above. Then look into the mirror again – the imaginary line between the middle of the hip and an ankle should be now perpendicular to the floor. You can use a stick to help with this process:
A word of warning. This method will not work if you have some body parts (a belly, for example) that hide your ankles from above. You will have to bend too much in order to see the ankles. It defeats the purpose of the upright posture. No worry though.
You still can start practicing by standing sideways to the mirror: looking at your body in profile bend VERY SLIGHTLY at your hips. When the imaginary line between the middle of the hip and an ankle is vertical, stop the bend. Try to remember this position to practice it without mirror.
In my next post I will give you more information on proper alignment. Stay tuned!
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