5 Simple Exercises to Improve your Posture

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Exercise is a great way to improve overall health, and making it a habit at least 15 – 30 minutes daily will significantly improve your posture.

Having and maintaining a good posture helps you present yourself more confidently. No matter how fashionable your clothes are, if you have developed a bad posture, you’ll surely end up looking lousy.

Aside from the confidence boost, a good posture can save you from sudden neck, back, muscles, and other joint injuries– and prevention is always better than cure (as we’ve been repeatedly told).

No matter where you are and whatever your profession is, there are simple exercises you can do everyday to improve your posture.

Plank
This routine can challenging for beginners and can make one realise how long 1 minute is. Doing this will strengthen your back, abdominal core, shoulder, and back muscles

How to: Enter the push-up position and hold your body off the ground. Extend both legs straight behind you, balancing on your toes. Hold the plank until you feel abdominal muscle fatigue. Rest and repeat.

Wall Angels
This upper body exercise helps stretch chest muscles and strengthen muscles between shoulder blades. You can do this everyday, and you’ll only need a wall.

How to: Keep your elbows against the wall. Raise your arms above your head while trying to keep your elbows and wrists as close to the wall as possible. Do not arch your lower back. Lower your arms to the starting position and repeat.

Prone Back Extension
Performing back extension exercises can strengthen and will increase your ability to coordinate movement through your lower back. When done properly and regularly, it can help prevent back pain and back injury.

How to: Lie flat on the floor with your palms facing upwards. Slowly raise your head and chest by pulling your shoulders back and lifting your legs up as far as they can go. Lower back down and repeat 10 repetitions.

Jumping Rope
Jumping rope or skipping rope is one of the basic exercises that promotes balance and agility.

How to: Stand up straight and hold the rope’s handles on each hand. Use your hands and wrist to swing the rope over your head. Jump with feet together. Make sure you keep your back straight the entire routine.

Doorway Stretch
All you need for this exercise is a stable door. This routine is dedicated to loosening tight chest muscles.

How to: Stand in the doorway and bend your arms 90 degrees. Step 3 feet away or until your arm is fully straight. Turn your hips until you feel the stretch across your chest. Hold this stretch for 3 seconds and repeat on the other arm.

Good posture matters; it entails distributing the force of gravity through your body, to ensure that no structure is overstressed. Another reason to take care of your posture is that it helps you breathe deeply and easily, thus relaxes your mind and promotes focus.

With the above mentioned easy-to-do posture exercises and benefits, there’s no excuse to take your posture for granted.

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