Poor posture gives birth to many deformities. It can give you a slouch, stooping shoulders and unsteady gait. Maintaining a good posture is important for overall fitness. People working on a desk for hours together often complain of back pain, neck and shoulder stiffness and abdominal ailments. This is all due to improper posture.
You must include certain exercises to improve posture in your daily fitness routine.
The Best Exercises To Improve Posture
Stretching exercises are considered the best form of exercises to improve posture as it gives a complete workout to the whole body. Stretches make your body supple and flexible and you are able to work in the same position without feeling stiff or tired. Stretches strengthens the spine and abdominal muscles which enables you to hold good posture while walking, running, bending, sitting or standing. You should do different types of stretching exercises that target different parts of your body.
Stretching Exercise For Lower And Upper Body
Stand straight with your feet hip width apart. Raise your arms above the head and stretch them to maximum. Lift your heels and maintain your balance on the toes for a complete body stretch. Hold for 10 seconds, come back to starting position. Repeat it 5 times.
Stretching Exercise For The Waist And Upper Back
Stand straight with your feet placed at two feet distance. Extend your arms in front of you. Take a deep breath and twist your torso to the left while turning your arms along. Your feet should not be moving. Twist till you are able to look behind you. Stay in this pose for 5 seconds and come back to starting position and then twist towards your right. Repeat and do 3 rounds on each side.
Stand straight with your feet placed at 12 inches distance. Lift your arms above the head and join the palms together. Inhale and bend to your right, simultaneously lift your right heel and stay in this position for 5-10 seconds. Exhale and come back to starting position and repeat on the other side. Complete to do 3 rounds on each side.
Crunches work on the core muscles of your abdomen and help you to maintain body balance and a good posture while standing for prolonged periods of time. Stand straight with your feet placed wide apart. Place your hands on the waist, your left foot should be facing in the front while the right foot placed sideways. Bend to your right till your knee comes at the level of your foot. Keep your back straight and look ahead. Stay in this position to the count of 10, come back to starting position. Repeat on the left side while changing the position of the feet.
Lie down on your back with your legs bend and feet flat on the ground. Fold your arms under the head. Lift your head and shoulders, simultaneously lift your legs and touch your right knee with left elbow, go back and lift your head again, this time touch your left knee with your right elbow. Perform the crunch in a rhythm 10 times on each side to improve posture.