In an age where sitting down and staring at screens has taken over most of our lives, it’s no wonder that our posture is getting worse and worse.
Here are 3 huge reasons why we all should care about our posture, and not just because our mom’s and teachers told us to!
1. Improper posture puts you at greater risk for back pain, slipped discs, tightness in your chest, and poor blood circulation.
2. Correcting your posture can greatly decrease back, shoulder, and neck pain
3. Studies have shown good posture reduces stress
hormones, improves digestion, breathing, mental clarity, and overall image.
Lucky for us there are many simple ways we can begin to improve and correct our posture. One simple and effective tip is to exercise the muscles that are used when standing in a natural, beneficial position. Here is one exercise you can do to strengthen those muscles. This is called a lying back extension or in yoga referred to as the locust pose.
Always be gentle and do only what feels comfortable for your personal abilities. If this pose is too strenuous try a modified version. Remember to consult with your health care provider before beginning any new regimen.
Lie down on your stomach with your face down, forehead touching the floor.
Extend your legs straight behind you, hip-width apart. Press your weight evenly across the tops of both feet.
Gently lift the front part of your body with your head up. Do this slowly, and only lift as high as is comfortable.
Inhale and raise your head to look forward. On your exhale, lift your chest and arms. Keep your arms alongside your body with your palms facing down. Lift your upper spine and reach your arms back toward your feet.
Use your thigh muscles to lift your legs up toward the ceiling. Your weight should rest on your lower ribs, belly, and pelvis.
Hold this pose for 10 seconds up to one minute depending on your ability. Repeat 5-10 times. Start small and gradually increase the length and repetitions each day as you feel comfortable.
This exercise will strengthen your back, core, and leg muscles which will help to greatly improve your posture.
If you are more of a visual learner please check out this video
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