WHY POSTURE MATTERS - AND FOUR MOVES TO IMPROVE IT

WHY POSTURE MATTERS - AND FOUR MOVES TO IMPROVE IT

Don’t slouch! Stand up straight! Head up! Shoulders back! We all know it, but standards can easily slip. Desk jobs, driving and smartphones all contribute to the gradual slouch.

WHY IS GOOD POSTURE SO IMPORTANT?

When your posture is correct, your core and spine muscles are in balance and nothing is strained or twisted. Incorrect posture wrecks this balance. You may not notice for a while, but the resulting aches and pains will sneak up on you, now and in later life.

WHAT MAKES GOOD POSTURE?

Try to think about posture in your everyday life. Imagining that you are being pulled from a string on top of your head is not a bad start. Hold up your head and it all works from there.

When you are sitting, feet should be flat on the floor and stomach tucked in. If you are using a computer, take time to ensure the height of the screen and your hand positions are correct.

If this sounds like a fifties ‘deportment’ manual - the basics have not changed!

WHAT MOVES CAN I DO TO IMPROVE MY POSTURE?

Building core strength will help to make good posture much easier.

Here is a four-move posture workout that uses only your bodyweight, so needs no equipment apart from good trainers. Don’t bother with counting reps, just do a minute on each move. Build up to five circuits.

  1. Wall squats – lean your back against a wall and move your feet away. Slide down until your thighs are parallel to the floor, knees over ankles. Suck in that core, keep your head up and hold for a minute.
  2. Jumping Squats – as simple as it sounds! Get into a squat position, and then ‘explode’ upwards into a tall jump. Land as softly as you can and repeat.
  3. Planks – get into a pushup, with elbows below shoulders. Hold with body in a straight line. Much harder than it sounds, and there are plenty of plank variations to try.
  4. Mountain Climbers – get on hands and knees. Bring one foot forward under your chest. Core tight, hands on ground and jump to switch legs.

So sit up and take notice of your posture – it will pay off.

 


The Author

Jessica Ambrose

Jessica is a fitness writer who loves long distance running, yoga, strength training and healthy eating.

Comments

Emma C.
14 August 2016

Emma C.

Good posture is important and I remember occasionally but most of the time I'm not bothered to think about how I'm standing! If exercises help that would be good though.

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