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I can still hear my mother saying that to me 50 years ago! But I've learned that concentrating on good posture- engaging your core muscles- actually helps burn a few extra calories and boosts metabolism. It's such an easy way to exercise as you go through your daily activities. Suck it in! emoticon

- Submitted by SMITHMTDEB 4/19/2011 in Exercise | 64 Comments
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SWEETMOMMY41 4/19/2011 11:53:00 AM

    i still have to remind myself to do that when i go for my walks.
HEALTHYJOY2 4/19/2011 11:38:00 AM

    I have to keep reminding myself to do "suck it in" when I go go for my walks! Makes you feel like you are doubling up on your exercise! emoticon
PFARRAR65 4/23/2014 11:06:00 AM

    My mother use to say that all the time. She also said that her mother use to hit them in the middle of their backs to remind them to stand up straight.
HYATTI1 4/17/2014 11:03:00 AM

    I always got the opposite ..sit up straight, keep your hands off the table, square your shoulders.

BANNERMAN 4/17/2014 2:01:00 AM

    Thanks for sharing.
DEB2013 4/16/2014 8:39:00 AM

    Boy, I heard the same thing. Stand up straight, sit up straight. If you don't your back will get hunched. Wow, LOL I am glad I was told this.
DIANESAV3 4/16/2014 5:35:00 AM

    I used to hear that all the time too. Thanks for sharing.
CHRIS3874 4/15/2014 9:21:00 PM

    good posture is good for your health too
AMBER461 4/15/2014 7:42:00 PM

    So true my mum would always say to stand up or sit up straight. Thanks for reminding me.
J2740LOU 4/15/2014 7:35:00 PM

    When I was a little girl, my aunt taught me how to use good posture. She had a cardboard picture of a woman in bad posture (spine out of good alignment). When you pulled the cord at the top of her spine she straightened out using good posture (spine in good alignment). I always remembered that.
DIAMOND102 4/15/2014 4:18:00 PM

    I can remember my mother saying the same things to me "stand up straight," "sit up straight," "don't slough," and over the years I have let some of those old bad habits back into my life, since you mentioned it I have started to remind myself of what my mother used to say to me because it works. emoticon
PROPMAN1 4/15/2014 3:27:00 PM

    Think most mothers said this to their children. Do parents do it now? Haven't heard it at all recently. emoticon
LOVELYLINDA491 4/15/2014 1:13:00 PM

    My Mother told me the same thing. I think she used to walk around with a book on her head. I know I can breath better when I stand up straight. BRONCHEL ASTHMA
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ELBOWE77 4/15/2014 12:31:00 PM

    I can hear my mom's voice also, saying to stand up straight, sit up straight and she was right but too many of us are in comfort mood and most of the time that does not include sitting up straight. Going to add that to my daily list of things to change

LOVINGKATE 4/15/2014 10:25:00 AM

    I can hear my Grandma and my mother saying the same thing. You are so right. If we stand tall it helps us look and feel our best plus it does help strengthen your core and your back side. So suck it in and tighten that backside. Can be done anywhere!!
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4ANEWME2DAY 4/15/2014 9:35:00 AM

    My mother said the same thing. She would tell me to be proud of who I am. emoticon
DELLMEL 4/15/2014 8:38:00 AM

    Great. I suck it in when I am walking.
VAINVT 4/15/2014 7:21:00 AM

    My mother said the same thing, many times. Not only does it make you look more confident, it is much better for your health.
FLRED12 10/25/2012 10:53:00 PM

    So true! emoticon
HYATTI1 10/11/2012 8:12:00 PM

    I think we all heard about's just a mater of fact.

GHYSLAINE27 10/3/2012 10:29:00 AM

    I'm always sloshing. I really need to work on sitting upright and walking sucked in...I just put up sticky notes around my desk to remind me to suck it in sitting at this desk all day.
DJHUMPHREY 10/2/2012 9:52:00 PM

    My Mom was allover my brother for not standing up straight but I was lucky to have good posture.
JANETTEB553 10/2/2012 5:15:00 PM

    me too
-SHOREIDO- 10/2/2012 10:00:00 AM

    You've hit the nail right on the heard!! Almost everytime I run I'm hearing that little voice inside whisper stand straight and look out in front of you AND pull in those abs " : )
LYNCHD05 10/2/2012 9:49:00 AM

    We should not even have to think about this but I still do!
WILLIACH1 10/2/2012 8:52:00 AM

    So true! I like this.
DNRAE1 10/2/2012 8:46:00 AM

    I swear....."Suck it in" all I hear at the gym!!! emoticon I do!
KONRAD695 10/2/2012 7:52:00 AM

    Absolutely, I've herd the same from my physical therapist, trainer guy at the Y, and doctor. It's a great idea.
CMORISAK 10/2/2012 6:59:00 AM

MRSTAZMAYO 10/2/2012 6:32:00 AM

TRYINGHARD54 10/2/2012 5:35:00 AM

    good blog
KRISUA 10/2/2012 5:13:00 AM

    Just what my German teacher always told :D
EBONYSOL 9/3/2012 5:52:00 AM

    My daughter's ballet really helped her posture. I wonder if they do ballet classes for women like me - 50+ and obese. Think I need to lose some weight first so I can fit into the leotard. rofl
HYATTI1 9/2/2012 7:18:00 PM

    I hear you talking.

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GOSPARK45 9/2/2012 2:57:00 PM

    You're so right! I've been walking and my back kept hurting, But now that I've been doing my core exercises, when I walk I "suck it in" and my back no longer hurts.

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COE1945 9/2/2012 1:16:00 PM

    Use Core Exercises to strengthen your lower back muscles and you will stand taller because your muscles are stronger....... I had physical therapy for lower back pain, and was surprised that "therapy" is really fairly simple exercises! I was lucky that there was not damage to my back, so therapy helped me become pain free.

Now I use SP to keep my back strong and try to do total body exercises to keep all of me pain free! Luckily our bodies respond well to the efforts we expend. I love SP. emoticon
LEANMEAN2 9/2/2012 6:37:00 AM

    Thanks for sharing. I believe that it is very important.
NAOLEE 9/2/2012 12:17:00 AM

    I can't stand up straight; but when I seat I put my body straight. emoticon
TERID816 9/1/2012 10:05:00 PM

    Add sit up straight to that - slumping in your chair at work is easy and not great for you. I make an effort to keep my shoulders back and my core engaged!
CHERYLSBUTT 9/1/2012 8:00:00 PM

    My grand aunt said the same thing!
It was annoying when I was young, you bet I wish I had listened!!!
GINA180847 9/1/2012 7:07:00 PM

    Great reminder!
BONIFIANT 9/1/2012 2:49:00 PM

    For years as my back has shrunk a bit from osteoporosis and my hips and knees have struggled with osteoporosis, I have walked more bent over at the hips. After joining SparkPeople and beginning to exercise and rebuild muscle strength, a benefit is that I am able to stand and walk much straighter. But it is a constant, conscious effort to do so. Thanks for the timely reminder. Fortunately my mom taught me early to not be ashamed of my height but to stand up tall. Are mom's forgetting to remind young girls today? Surely seems like it at times.
NESARIAN 9/1/2012 2:38:00 PM

    Oh, do I ever need this reminder! Thank you! I am building this into my Sept. goals.
NESARIAN 9/1/2012 2:38:00 PM

    Oh, do I ever need this reminder! Thank you! I am building this into my Sept. goals.
SAMMI4444 9/1/2012 1:54:00 PM

    My posture is terrible and I'm constantly trying to sit up straight. Working on a computer is hard on my back :(
BBROBOZIO 9/1/2012 12:42:00 PM

    What a great reminder! I still haven't gotten the "good posture" habit to stick, even thought my grandmother started reminding me to do this 40 years ago. Maybe it's time!
MARYMARTYMA1 9/1/2012 11:46:00 AM

    I wish that i had listen more carefully, I wouldn't have back problems today
LYNCHD05 9/1/2012 11:26:00 AM

    i can still hear my Mom say the same thing. When I do lots of core work this becomes more of a habit......standing up straight!
QUILTANDKNIT 9/1/2012 11:08:00 AM

    Something I should know but never remember! Thanks for the reminder.

INGMARIE 9/1/2012 9:49:00 AM

    mother was right, mine did the same,and I am still standing straight.
So "Thanks Mom." emoticon
GINGERVISTA 9/1/2012 9:28:00 AM

    Remember my mom saying the same thing 50 years ago! And I've said the same thing to my daughter as well, who's almost 30! emoticon
GARDENSFORLIFE 9/1/2012 9:26:00 AM

    emoticon emoticon
MIZINA730 9/1/2012 9:16:00 AM

    Before I gained weight, I did this all the time. Throughout the day, I sucked my gut in and I was thin. Denise Austin once said that contracting your belly for one minute is the equivalent of one belly crunch (formerly known at sit-up). The old adage is true.

LIMIG2 9/1/2012 8:58:00 AM

    very good reminder advice!
CMORISAK 9/1/2012 8:22:00 AM

    I still remind myself of that info
PHATPAT18 9/1/2012 8:10:00 AM

    I wish my husband listened to his mom when she said that. Now he has back problems and has to live with chronic back pain.
LSIG14 9/1/2012 8:10:00 AM

    Mama has been gone for quite a while but I still hear her voice talking in Danish saying , "Straighten the back and hold your head up!
MRSTAZMAYO 9/1/2012 7:56:00 AM

    And don't forget "suck in your gut."
NANCYHOME247 9/1/2012 7:36:00 AM

    Oh, boy, I can still feel my mother's knuckle twisting into my spine as she told me the same thing.

It was much easier before my breasts decided they were a fantastic fat repository. I've developed so much more compassion for women (like Dolly Parton) who have had to cantilever this chest weight around their entire lives.

SparkPeople has exercises that help with posture--I've printed them out and do them on a weekly rotation! Feels good to stand a little taller, in so many ways!
JANIEWWJD 4/25/2011 11:45:00 PM

    That is so true. I always tell my husband to do this.
JOL2367 4/20/2011 5:41:00 AM

    working at the computer is where my posture is the worst! emoticon
TKDABRUNZ 4/19/2011 1:46:00 PM

    Plus is sets a good example for my kids when they see me standing up straight. My hubby and sister-in-law are both over six feet and slouch. I drives me nuts that they seem ashamed of their height and determined to look as small as possible.
LADYHAWK2K1 4/19/2011 11:05:00 AM

    I try to do this every time I walk through the halls at work, as I'd really like to get my abs at least a little less flabby than they are now. emoticon

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