Let’s admit it. Most of us are not overly concern with our posture as we are with the way we look or the pimples that pop out on our skin. Unfortunately, poor posture can actually make you less confident and even prone to common illnesses like headache, shoulder problems, and back pain too which can grow worse as you age. Although, posture doesn’t receive much attention compared to exercise and dieting, you should always make it a point to do corrective measures to ensure that your posture is correct.
These exercises can help you maintain a straight body.
Crunch with twist.
This exercise targets your obliques and your abs which can help strengthen your core for better posture. Lie down on the floor with your knees bent. Place your hands behind your head with elbows pointing outwards. Tighten your core as you raise your right shoulder off the floor and twist to the left to bring your right elbow towards your left knee. Go back to your first position then repeat with the opposite side.
Chin tuck is designed to strengthen the neck muscles which can reverse our forward-head posture which is quite common in those who are working on their computer the whole day. What’s great about this exercise is that you can do it regardless of whether you are standing or sitting down. You should roll your shoulders back and down and keep your head straight. Place two of your fingers on your chin and tuck your chin slightly. Move your head backwards and hold for 3 to 5 seconds then release. Do this 10 times.
Another exercise that will help you correct your posture is the back extensions. First, you will need to lie down on the floor on your belly with your arms extended over your head. Your head should be in line with your spine. Slowly raise your shoulders off the floor as high as you can then hold for a few seconds. Lower your shoulders back on the floor and repeat.
In this exercise, you will need to press your back against a wall with feet four inches away from the wall and with a slight bend on your knees. Your shoulders, back, and glutes should be pressed against the wall. Bring your arms up so that your upper arms become parallel to the floor. Squeeze shoulder blades together as you stay in a “W” position on the wall. Extend your arms further until you form the letter “Y”. Go back to your first position and hold for a few seconds before moving on to the next.
These are just a few examples of exercises that can help you correct your posture. Keep in mind that when your posture is correct, you will feel considerably better and more confident because you are no longer suffering from headaches, neck pains, poor digestion, and other health issues.