Good posture is not just important for looking good, but it can also save you from many bone issues—especially those related to your spine. Proper posture also reduces the stress on your muscles and prevents any health risks. But most of us are in the habit of slouching. You must’ve noticed that your muscles start to ache while slouching. Here are 4 healthy exercises you can do to reduce slouching and improve your posture.
This is a common pose recommended to those that work long office hours. The pose helps release built-up stress in your muscles. But what many don’t know is that it’s also excellent to improve your posture as well.
You simply need to stand upright with your feet slightly apart. Not bend forward and bring your hands to touch your toes. It’s alright if you can’t touch them properly. Hold this pose for 1 minute, then relax for 30 seconds, and repeat.
This pose is specifically recommended to straighten your back and improve your posture. Sit on a flat surface with your lower legs folded under and your toes touching the floor. Bend forward while extending your hands. You should try to extend your hand as much as you can to maintain tension. Place your forehead on the floor to avoid neck pain. Hold this pose for 5 minutes while taking deep breaths and repeat a few times a day for surprising results.
The cat-cow pose stretches your muscles, massages your spine, and relieves tension in your torso. Balance your weight evenly between your hands and knees. Take a deep breath and drop your abdomen downwards while extending your spine.
Your spine should resemble a smiley face. Now exhale gently while arching your back towards the ceiling and tucking your chin under your chest. Repeat this exercise a few times to relax your muscles.
Planks are generally harder to maintain, but with enough practice, you’ll get the hang of it. This pose will also help get rid of stiff muscles and would relax your hamstrings and glutes. In the long run, you’ll also develop good core strength.
Get on all fours, and straighten your legs. Now lift your heels, raise your hips, and straighten your back. Hold this position for a minute and repeat after 30 seconds.
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