Lighten Up: It’s OK to take up space

Cathleen Kronemer


For many of us, the notion of “taking up space” renders a vision of empty, wasted energy. I’d like to encourage you to think about this phrase in a new light, that of “having significance.” If you can visualize yourself embodying a sense of importance, of truly “being,” it will almost automatically be followed by an improvement in your posture. Go ahead, try it!

Posture is the place from which all movement begins and ends; thus, improved posture can lead to a better quality of movement, which in turn reduces wear and tear on joint surfaces.

As you stand, close your eyes and try to feel the weight of your body. Is it evenly distributed through both feet? Now, lift the base of your skull as high as it will go without any strain.

Make yourself as tall and as wide as you can be.

Think about separating your shoulder blades from one another. Take a deep breath……you are now taking up as much space as you possibly can. Do you feel the transformation?

I have often told our daughters that it’s not the clothes they wear that define them; rather, confidence is the most important “accessory” they can wear throughout the day.

Good posture lends itself to a confident feeling, as well as protecting the body from joint pain and misalignment issues. So stand tall, stake your claim, share your positive significance with the world…and feel great!

Cathleen Kronemer, NSCA-CPT, is a longtime fitness instructor at the Jewish Community Center.