How you look and feel is directly related to your posture. Despite the importance of having good posture, most of us don’t do anything to improve it. We go about our lives with hunched backs and imbalanced hips, and deal with pain because we think it’s normal. However, living with bad posture can be a really dangerous thing.
The muscle and ligament imbalances that result from poor alignment can lead to all sorts of problems which may include:
- Chronic back, neck, and shoulder pain
- Foot, knee, hip, and back injuries
- Muscle atrophy and weakness
- Difficulty breathing
- Digestion issues
- Impingement and nerve compression
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
Use these 3 posture exercises to reach a new level of health and fitness.
When it comes to how to have good posture, a strong core is key. The classic plank is a fantastic core exercise that lights up a multitude of muscles all at once. When done correctly the plank strengthens several abdominal muscles while also working the shoulders and back.
When you’re learning how to improve posture, it’s necessary to strengthen your back with this exercise. Lie face down, extending arms straight above your head. Keeping your head in line with your spine, gently lift your shoulders as far off the floor as possible, then return to the starting position.
Proper sitting posture is important for everyone, particularly those who work at a desk all day. This simple stretch can work wonders for relieving tension and encouraging correct posture. Shoulder rolls can be done while sitting or standing. Inhale and raise your shoulders toward your ears. Hold for a few seconds before exhaling and pulling your shoulder blades down and together. Repeat five to 10 times at least twice a day.
Use these exercises on a regular basis to fix posture problems and improve your health and fitness!
For more posture tips, schedule an appointment with one of our experienced physical therapists to determine which muscles need to be stretched and which ones need to be strengthened as part of your regular exercise regimen. Your physical therapist can also help correct joint restrictions, stretch out your tight muscles and establish a strengthening program individualized for you.
It’s never too late to correct your posture! Schedule your appointment today.