When babies learn to sit, they elongate their spine, which is naturally efficient and comfortable. Moreover, it provides the most skeletal support without requiring a lot of muscle strength.
In spite of this, around 4-years old, most of us began to slump. Why? Well, significantly, this is probably when we started school, and began spending more time sitting.
What is Good Posture?
To begin with, good posture doesn’t mean standing like a stiff piece of board. Actually, good posture involves having a relaxed appearance. When our posture is correct, our ears, shoulders, hips, knees, and ankles will align naturally.
However, maintaining good posture is definitely not easy. In fact, many people overcompensate for bad posture by standing too straight.
How Can We Stop Slumping?
Despite the importance of good posture, most of us don’t do anything to improve it. As a result, we go about our lives uncomfortably hunching our backs. For example, we may start the day sitting upright, but soon we’re lost in our work and slouching.
On the positive side, a basic remedy to sitting all day is to simply stand up! Significantly, getting up from a seated position frequently, can remind you to reposition your muscles, and your stance, correctly.
3 Ways to Improve Your Posture
As examples, these three, quick and easy exercises, will realign and strengthen the muscles needed to maintain your posture. In particular, two require only your body, while one uses resistance tubing. Definitely watch the video below for a demonstration.
- Chin Tuck
First, the chin tuck, which can be done sitting or standing, can help reverse forward-head posture by strengthening your neck muscles. Repeat this movement 15-20 times.
- Wall Angel
Second, the wall angel, done standing at a wall, will stretch your chest muscles and strengthen the ones in your back. Start by holding each arm position for 30 seconds, and work towards holding each for two minutes.
- Lateral V-Raise
Finally, the lateral v-raise, also done standing, will strengthen your shoulders and core. Work up to hold this exercise for 2 minutes each day. (ImproveYourPosture)
With these exercises in mind, take a look at my article from March 2017: How Good Posture Improves Your Health.
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