I have worked hard to stay fit and understand the complex relationship between aging, nutrition, and exercise.
Better Posture for Older Men: The Superman Tips
I don't have all the answers, and I don't have all the hair and muscle and drive I once did, but I do believe I have figured out a few true things about being an older man. At 57, I am in better physical shape, and in a better mental state, than at almost any stage in my life. In this article I'll share some of the truths that I have discovered about the power and strength that is our right as older men.
You will often see older men walking with shoulders slouched and palms facing backwards. Cavemen walk like that. Don't walk like that.
Improved Posture for Older Men Begins With a Few Simple Rules
There's a way that older men tend to walk that makes us look old and weak. Maybe you've noticed it. Maybe you do it too. This article nails down 4 things that older men do when they walk that can be fixed with a just few easy tricks. Read on for simple, highly effective ways to fix your stride.
Superman Posture Rule 1: Always Walk Like You Have a Posse Behind You
This brilliant piece of advice comes from none other than that paragon of the older confident man, Oscar de la Renta. He actually suggested you walk like you have three men behind you, which is fine by me -- hell, if you want, walk like you have the entire 101st Airborne behind you. But two is enough, because when you act like you have a small but meaningful posse behind you, you walk like a leader. Your shoulders come back, your chin comes up, and you know that you don't have to shy away from anyone.
Superman Posture Rule 2. Remember the Pencil Trick
You will often see older -- and younger -- men walking with shoulders slouched and palms facing backwards. Cavemen walk like that. Don't walk like that. Instead, do this:
Always imagine that you are carrying 2 pencils, one in each hand. If you walk with your palms facing behind you, you'll gouge your legs with the pencil points. You need to turn your hands to a 45-degree angle, so the pencils cross in front of (or would, if they were three feet long -- you get the idea). If I'm still not making sense, there's a pretty good article at builtlean.com that shows how it's done.
At any rate, once you figure out how to walk as if you were holding your pencils without actually holding them, you'll notice that your shoulders have magically un-hunched themselves. You now look broader and more powerful, and you have two measly little pencils to thank.
Added Bonus! Holding your palms this way also automatically repositions your arms. They are now at a manly angle, slightly bent, and looking just a little more muscular due to the tension and the angle.
Broader shoulders and bigger guns, just by holding your palms at a slight angle. It sounds too good to be true, but it works.
Superman Posture Rule 3: Remember to Walk Like You're Wearing a Cape
This little bit of advice is pretty common in memes and posture forums, but it's rarely applied to the people who need it most -- older men like me. Wearing an imaginary Superman cape has an almost indefinable effect on both the body and mind.
The physical change that occurs when you put on your imaginary cape -- or your real one, if you want to roll that way -- is an immediate squaring of the shoulders and lifting of the chin. It's impossible to walk while wearing a cape and not hold your shoulders back, which adds height, power, and presence. Between the cape and the three men behind you, you are now walking like Superman with a posse. As you should.
Superman Posture Rule 4: The Mona Lisa Superman Smile
Older man sometimes walk, and do everything else, with their mouth hanging just a little bit open. This is unacceptable. We need to tighten up the face, and give the world the impression that we're just a tiny bit amused by everything happening around us. It's a smile that says, "I'm just a little bit entertained by all of this, and I have the power to change it or make it go away if I choose." I often think of this as a "Mona Lisa Superman smile" -- a hint of amusement, a touch of superpower, and face that is definitely not hanging slack.
Warning! Only smile a tiny bit. Do not laugh openly and uncontrollably at everything happening around you, no matter how much you want to.
Good Things Happen When You Walk With Confidence!
The following sources were used for this article:
- How to Improve Posture - 6 Easy Exercises for Good Posture
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- 5 Ways to Improve Your Posture in 2019
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- Five ways to improve your posture
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