Better Posture Workout: Stand Taller And Relieve Your Back Tension
Stop slouching. Stand tall. Things we need to do but don’t. This better posture workout strengthens your body so you don’t have to think about it.
The Best Health Better Posture Workout
Having your body in the right position when standing or sitting can prevent injuries and undue stress on your muscles. Certified athletic therapist Peter Levidis, of Sport Therapy + Fitness in Dorval, QC, developed this week-long better posture workout to build the muscles you need to support a strong, healthy back and core.
Check out the following six exercise, one for each the first six days of the week (Monday through Saturday). On Sunday, do all six exercises together.
Do this on Mondays – Do 3 to 10 reps.
Lying on your stomach, with your arms by your sides and your palms turned out, lift your chest and arms off the floor, keeping your gaze forward on the floor. Hold for 30 seconds and repeat.
Do this on Tuesdays – Do 13 reps each side.
Starting on all fours, extend one arm and the opposite leg. Pull them toward you to touch the elbow and knee beneath you, then extend again. Keep elbows soft and don’t collapse the upper back. Repeat 12 times on either side.
Do this on Wednesdays – Do 6 reps each side.
Placing one foot on a chair, grab the outside of that leg with the opposite hand, twisting your torso toward your leg. Hold for five seconds and repeat five times on either side.
Do this on Thursdays – Do 6 reps each side.
With one knee or leg resting on a chair behind you and the other knee bent in front (as if to lunge), tilt your pelvis forward, squeeze your buttocks and raise the arm that’s on the same side as the leg behind you. Repeat three times on either side, holding for 10 seconds.
Do this on Fridays – Do 3 to 10 reps.
Lying on your stomach with your hands beside your shoulders, press into the floor and lift your chest, keeping your pelvis on the floor. Hold for 10 seconds and repeat.
Do this on Saturdays – Do 3 to 10 reps.
With elastic tubing wrapped around a solid support and one side of the tubing in either hand, pull your elbows back and keep your shoulders down. Hold for 30 seconds and repeat.
The complete better posture workout
Do this on Sundays – Repeat all six exercises.
Give yourself the time and the space to do all these exercises together. And make sure you watch your form and engage your core when you do this better posture workout. This will help you avoid straining your back muscle unnecessarily.