There’s a certain stance that a lot of (most) models take on the runway. You might also notice it in many teens. Maybe you do it yourself after a long day.
Hips thrust forward, shoulders sagging, head dropped slightly. Someone, somewhere decided that was sexy. Slouchy chic.
The back appears flat while the pelvis is tilted, smooshing the abdominal organs. Overall, the person looks droopy. Of note, in that position, certain body parts also look droopy…body parts most of us gals are terrified will someday succumb to gravity.
Do any of these models have mothers? Didn’t anyone ever tell them to stand up tall?
The official name for this stance is “fatigue posture,” and not only is it not sexy, it’s not at all good for you.
How does it happen?
By accident: Doctors have discovered that many people are 2-4 inches taller first thing in the morning than by the time they go to bed. The discs between the spinal vertebrae flatten out as the day goes on, making the spine shorter. It happens sometimes to people with good posture. It happens often to people with bad posture.
On purpose: It’s that sexy, languid, “I’m too important to be here…. I just find life soooo boring” look. Some people stand like that on purpose (models, celebs, most teenagers, maybe even you). And, it’s easy to do. It’s called fatigue posture because of the fact that it involves “resting” on the ligaments and requires almost zero muscular engagement to maintain. You literally sink into your body and hang on your connective tissue (in case you’re wondering, this is a very bad idea).
Slouchy chic posture puts a lot of strain on muscles and ligaments. It can create pressure on the nerves in the spine. The force on the lower back can cause sacroiliac pain. Discs can be damaged. Plus, when you shift one part of your spine, the rest follows. Head and shoulders sag forward, resulting in neck and upper back pain. And, if that’s not scary enough, it looks ridiculous. I mean, look at it! (Not to mention her outfit, which warrants a blog post of its own).
And in a fascinating aside, when you repeatedly stand in this posture, the stomach and part of the intestines can drop lower in the belly because of ptosis (sagging) of the muscles and connective tissue of the abdominal wall. Any word that has an unnecessary consonant is probably something you want to avoid. But most importantly, abdominal ptosis can create a perma-pooch (as well as constipation – gross!).
Is standing like a model worth the risks?
And how can you avoid fatigue posture? Standing straight and tall all begins with building core strength. May we recommend Fuse Pilates?
Stay hard core,