Better Posture Leads to Fewer Aches and Pains

If you slump your shoulders it doesn’t just make you look like a Neanderthal, if you don’t take the time to stand up correctly, no amount of exercise will give you the healthy body you are chasing.  Here’s the reason:  Over time, bad posture can take a toll on your spine, shoulders, hips and knees.  In fact, it can cause a cascade of flaws that lead to ongoing back and joint pain.  But you can head off all of these problems by using the exercise ideas below to assist your form, soothe your pain and get things moving the way they should.

The problem:

A head consistently pitched forward.

The cause:

Stiff muscles in the back of your neck.

The options for improvement:

Moving just your head, drop your chin down and in toward your chest while stretching the back of your neck.  Hold the stretch for a count of five and repeat five to ten times throughout the day.

The problem:

One elevated shoulder.

The cause:

The muscle that runs under your chest, from roughly your ribs to your shoulder blades, is weak and in need of a strength building regimen.

The options for improvement:

Sit upright in a chair with your hands next to your hips, palms down on the seat.  Your arms must remain straight.  Without moving your arms, push down on the chair until your hips lift off the seat and your torso rises.  Hold the lift for five seconds.  Do two to three sets of twelve reps each day.

The problem:

Rounded shoulders.

The cause:

There is a pronounced weakness in the middle and lower parts of the large muscle that stretches across your shoulders and your back.

The options for improvement:

Lie on your stomach on the floor, with each arm at a ninety-degree angle in the Superman position.  Without doing anything to change your elbow angle, raise both arms by pulling your shoulders back and squeezing your shoulder blades together.  Hold for ten seconds, which is one rep.  Do two or three sets of twelve reps daily.

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