Simple Moves To Improve Your Posture

Most jobs involve sitting at a desk, likely hunched over. On the way to and from work, you are likely driving a car, possible hunching over. Then you spend a great amount of your time looking at your phone, hunching over…notice a trend? Our modern society has so many ways to encourage our bodies to get “stuck” in this unhealthy habit of sitting with poor posture. I did some research online and came across a great article from realsimple.com that shared some easy exercises that can be done to help improve posture.

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Move 1: Shoulder Rolls

Stand or sit in a comfortable position. As you inhale, raise your shoulders and shoulder blades to your ears. On the exhale, pull your shoulder blades down and together. Repeat 5 to 10 times.

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Move 2: Chest Release

Raise your arms to just below shoulder height with palms facing forward. Exhale as you slowly rotate both hands at the wrists so your fingers point slightly behind you. Take three to five breaths.

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Move 3: Pyramid

Step your left foot back so it rests fully on the floor. Square your hips. With your legs straight, clasp your forearms behind your back, exhale, and lean forward from your hips (don’t round your spine). Take three to five breaths and rise. Switch sides.

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Move 4: Chair Pose

Stand and raise your arms in front to shoulder height. Contract your arm muscles. Exhale as you bend your knees (no more than 90 degrees) and keep them over your toes. Take two breaths; stand. Repeat three times.

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Move 5: Standing Side Bend

Touch your left hand to the side of your head. Ground both feet and guide your head to the right until you feel a stretch along the left side of your body and shoulder. Take three to five breaths. Switch sides.

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Proper Form

There’s no need to balance a book on your head to check your posture. Bottom line: Your back should have an elongated S shape when viewed from the side. Follow these tips to ensure you’re in alignment.

Neck: Hold your head high and straight without tilting it forward or to the side. Your ears should be in line with the middle of your shoulders.

Shoulders: Pull your shoulder blades back and down to lift your breastbone.

Abdomen: Tuck your abdomen in, but be careful not to tilt your pelvis forward or backward.

Knees: Keep your knees slightly bent and shoulder-width apart.

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