Let’s face it – we all suffer from bad posture. And yes, that’s perfectly normal given our sedentary lifestyle.
Still, that’s no excuse for giving up and making peace with it.
Did you know that slouching can lead to a myriad of digestive problems, constipation being one of them? In addition to that, it puts pressure on our abdominals and bladder, so we might even experience… let’s call them “leakage problems”.
Poor posture goes beyond just internal physical problems. We rely on non-verbal cues to judge other people, and bad posture creates an impression of laziness, inferiority, and insecurity. Just imagine how many chances at good first impression slouching could ruin for you!
You know what they say – better safe than sorry, so start improving your posture today!
How To Correct Your Posture
Fortunately, there are many postures improving exercises that we can easily add to our regular workout routine.
Here are a few ideas:
1. Cat Cow
Cat cow pose stretches your spine and relieves muscle tension caused by slouching.
Come to all fours, place your wrists directly below your shoulders and your knees
underneath the hips. Draw the shoulders away from the ears and draw the navel towards the spine. Your back should be straight and parallel to the floor.
Tilt your pelvis away from your chest, arch your spine, inhale and look upwards. Exhale and look down. Curl your tailbone inwards, pull your chin toward the chest and your abdomen toward the ground.
2. High Plank
High plank pose strengthens our core and back muscles and promotes correct posture.
Come onto your hands and toes and raise your hips. Keep your back straight and rely on your abdominal muscles for support. Look at the ground in between your thumbs.
Hold the position for 60 seconds, rest, and repeat.
3. Bird Dog
Bird dog pose promotes a neutral spine and relieves lower back pain.
Come onto your hands and knees and tuck your toes. Again, make sure your back’s straight and that you’re not arching your spine. Find balance and let the ground support you. Now lift and extend your right leg and your left arm at the same time. The movement should be controlled and slow. Stay in this position for 5 seconds.
Now return to your initial position and lift and extend your left leg and your right arm simultaneously. Hold the position for another 5 seconds.
Try these 3 poses, and your posture will significantly improve!