Friday, October 10, 2008

Posture Exercises You Can Do Right Now

If bad posture has become a norm for you, then you may have realized that it's time to do something about it. Of course, you can purchase a back or posture support to help you stand or sit straight, but you'll notice that as soon as you remove the brace, your back goes right back to the same slouched position. Wearing a posture support only gives your back and neck short-term support. What you need is a method that will enable you to correct your posture and help you to stand upright.

It's known that poor posture can lead to serious complications such as respiratory problems, back and neck pain, as well as headaches. So you see, there is a need to take measures to correct your posture. One method that is proven to help correct poor posture are posture exercises. It's the lack of muscles, which supports your spinal cord that causes you to bend over the way you do. Strengthening these muscles builds a stable structure around the bones of your spinal cord; allowing you to stand or sit straighter than before.

Performing these posture exercises a few times throughout the day for approximately 6-8 weeks will help build your back and shoulder muscles. Here are a few examples to get you started

1. Sit straight up in a chair with your feet flat on the floor. Now, take your fingers and push your chin back as if you were pushing your chin through the back of your head. All you need is a light push and you will feel the stretch in your upper back. Do this exercise for about 3 times for about 10 seconds each.

2. Using a large stability ball, lay on your back. Use the ball to stretch your back by pushing your body back on the ball as far as you can with your feet. Your head should be close to touching the floor. This exercise should allow you to feel a deep stretch in your back.

3. Lie on the floor with our knees bent. Your feet should be positioned shoulder width apart and at a 90 degree angle. With your arms to your sides, lift your pelvis up and off the floor. Do this 5 times, holding up every 5 seconds as you tighten your stomach.

4. Sitting in a chair, roll your shoulders in a circle frontwards. Do this 5 to 10 times. Now, roll your shoulders in a circle going backwards. Again, roll your shoulders in this direction 5-10 times.

5. The best posture exercises you can perform to help strengthen your back are Yoga exercises. Yoga poses incorporate lots of strengthening movements. If you are a member of a gym, check with the front desk to see if your club offers free Yoga classes. After taking only a few classes, you will definitely feel and see a difference in your posture.

Posture exercises work perfectly to improve weak muscles, causing poor posture. It's best to perform these exercises on a daily basis to ensure the highest results. You can expect to see noticeable improvements within approximately 2 months of consistent practice. Dedication to practicing these posture exercises will allow you to sit and walk tall."    (Continued via e
EzineArticals, Natalie Cordova D.C.)    [Ergonomics Resources]

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