You may want to look older if you’re a teen trying to pass for the ripe old age of 21 but, for most of us in the boomer generation, we don’t want to! A lot of us do look older than we need to, though, and it’s something we can change right now. Can you guess what it is? How often have you seen a little old man or woman and thought they just looked old? What was it that made you think so?
I don’t know about you but, for me, many times it’s their posture. Yep, posture. I remember being a young girl and vowing to myself that I would never look like that when I got older! I’m sure you know what I’m talking about – that stooped, humped-over look that’s prevalent in so many older adults. Granted, many times it can be caused by arthritis or osteoporosis but, in many cases, it’s simply because slouching is easier and people just don’t think about it.
In addition to making us look older, slouching just plain looks bad and can even cause some rather serious health complications. Your head and shoulders coming forward can lead to headache, jaw, neck and back pain. And if your spine is really out of whack, it can affect your rib cage, which can damage your heart and lungs and lead to gastrointestinal issues.
One of the things you can do to combat this is doing exercises to tighten and strengthen your core – that is, the center of your body, including the deep abominable muscles and the muscles closest to the spine. This can help improve your posture, making it easier for you to sit (and stand) straight.