Video Guide: Exercises for Better Posture
Thursday, September 11, 2014
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More than ever, we are a sedentary society. Whether working at computers all day or spending our evenings online or in front of a T.V., we sit for hours on end, which wreaks havoc on our health, alignment and flexibility. Even when we're walking, we may be hanging our heads as we check texts or social media messages! How can we counter the negative effects of our sedentary time and its toll on our posture? Check out these exercises with video demonstrations for stretches that can put you in better alignment each day.  

Improving Posture in the Upper Body

When you see people’s shoulders rounded forward with their heads forward, you can bet that they sit on chairs in front of computers most of the day. This is usually caused by upper body muscles such as the Pectoralis Major and Latissimus Dorsi being tight and the lower and middle Trapezius, Rhomboids and rear part of the deltoid being weak. Below are some static stretches for the upper body that can help work the muscles that are tight.  

Improving Posture in the Lower Body

When you see people with an excessive arch in their low backs and their bellys sticking out (even if they are thin), it is usually a result of tight hip flexor muscles (Rectus Femoris and Illio Psoas) and weak glute muscles (Gluteus Minimus, Medius and Maximus). Similar to the issues in the upper body, this distortion is also caused by excessive sitting. Here are three static stretches to improve lower body posture.

In putting the above routines into practice, start with a few stretches, and do 2 sets. Hold the stretch for 30-45 seconds (with the exception of the Lying Foam Roller Static Stretch). Ideally, if you can alternate the three upper body stretches with the three lower body stretches on a daily basis, you will see significant improvements in posture in as little as five minutes/day.   

Enjoy these stretches anytime, and share this article with those you believe may benefit. We all could use support for better posture! Thanks for reading.

Written by Corey Grenz, Personal Trainer

This article is not intended for the treatment or prevention of disease, nor as a substitute for medical treatment, nor as an alternative to medical advice. Use of recommendations in this and other articles is at the choice and risk of the reader.

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