Improve Your Posture With Duct Tape

At the financial blog The Simple Dollar they've assembled a list of ten unusual ways to improve your confidence. Among them? Improving your posture with that old DIY standby, duct tape.

They note that other kinds of tape can work too, but why use a tape of lesser renown when you can use duct tape for the project? Here are their instructions for the duct tape posture trick:

Stand up as straight as you can, with your back vertical and your arms at your sides, relaxed. Then, have a friend take a strip of duct tape and run a three inch strip down your back. The top of it should be on the centre of one of your shoulder blades and end three inches below it. Then, that person should put a second strip, starting at the centre of your other shoulder blade and going straight down for three inches. Take a third strip and apply it horizontally, connecting the tops of the strips, then a fourth strip connecting the bottoms of the vertical strips. You should have a rectangle on your back, nearly square in shape.

Here's the thing. As you go through your day, every time you attempt to slouch, that tape will tug at your skin, resisting a poor change in posture. It's not painful (unless you have excessive hair back there), but it is enough of a physical reminder to cause you to naturally keep a good posture.

Not sure if duct taping your back is the unusual solution you're looking for? Check out the full article for other tricks like picking an eye level spot on the wall to tame a wandering gaze and why you should always keep a flask with you. If you have your own unusual way to improve your posture, confidence, or both, sound off in the comments below.

Ten Unusual Ways to Improve Your Appearance of Confidence That Really Work [The Simple Dollar]


    As someone who's cursed with a bad upper back and consequently worked with bad posture in the past (and continue to try and improve), the process of taping someone's back to trigger them to sit up straight is pretty popular, and generally works well. But I don't agree with the method they've described there, nor could I recommend duct tape.

    As DisposableInterloper points out, breathable medical tape is what you'll want to use here - it's plenty sticky enough, and still hurts like hell when pulling it off, but it's much better for you than duct tape. Plus, it's cheap from any chemist/pharmacy/medial isle in coles - why waste your good duct tape? :)

    HOWEVER - a word of warning. As it turns out, I'm allergic to medical tape, or at least the glue it uses. It melted the skin underneath within 24hrs. The physio had warned me that it would be a bit itchy and uncomfortable, which is why I left it on so long. For years I had scars over my shoulders where the tape was. So be sure to test it first with a small bit of tape someone inconspicuous for a couple of days.

    As for the method described, the way I was taught was to start the tape over the top of the shoulder blades, just on the front of the body, out near the shoulder itself. The tape then goes on a diagonal in towards the spine, over the shoulder and to about 8" down the back. You don't get all the way to the spine - think as if you were aiming for your opposite kidney, and cut off short. This way it cuts across the trap muscles, and anchors below them. You don't need a lot of tape, and the point is not to hold you up, just to pull at your skin when you start to slouch.

    That's been my experience, anyway. If anyone's concerned about their posture and wants to give this a try, I'd suggest going to see a physio and get them to tape you up initially, so you can see how it's done.

    For me, the best thing I've done for my posture and back/neck recently has been to start doing pushups - see . The strength I'm building across the front of my chest is working wonders.

    Matto :)

    Thanks Matto

    Agree with Matto - strapping tape is much more effective and functional, plus the lady in that pic is still hitting a pretty poor posture (exaggerated lumbar and thoracic curves, rounded shoulders etc)

    Why tape the whole back? Just tape the first 4″ over the shoulder, then tape a strip of white cotton to the tape at all but the last 4″. This would save ripping the skin between the two more strategic points that are doing all the work. I cannot use this method because I have Rheumatoid Arthritis. My skin has become very thin from the medicine I have been taking for the last fourteen years. Soon I won’t have to have x-rays anymore; anyone will be able to see right through me. Please excuse my facetious behavior. Got to find something to laugh about.

    that's fourteen years, not four.

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