Having good posture is not just about how you look, it has lots of health benefits as well. Good posture keeps all the muscles, bones, and joints in the right alignment and helps to release the stress of your spine. Bad posture, on the other hand, can lead to headaches and a sore back or neck.
Incorrect posture is not necessarily a bad habit, but it can be caused by muscles that are too weak or tight. And if you know which muscles need extra attention, it’s very possible to fix your posture.
We did some research and prepared this selection for our readers.
1. The corner stretch
The corner stretch helps to open the shoulder blades and chest and is something you can do at any time, almost anywhere.
- Stand facing the corner of the room.
- Step with one leg forward, keeping the knees soft.
- Place your hands on the walls with the elbows slightly below your shoulders.
- Lean toward the corner, stretching the chest and shoulders.
- Hold for 20 seconds and return to the initial position.
- Repeat 3 times.
2. Lateral leg lifts
Although side leg lifts are normally included in a lower body workout routine, it’s also effective for maintaining good posture. By paying attention to your back, keeping your head up, and your shoulders open while doing this exercise, you make your back muscles stronger and also get in the habit of straitening the back during everyday moves such as walking and lifting.
- Stand straight with your hands resting on your hips.
- Shift the body weight onto your right side, keeping the back straight and raising your left leg.
- Bring the leg to the initial position.
- Repeat 10 times on your left leg and then 10 times on your right leg.
- Repeat the cycle 3 times.
- Use a chair or wall for stability if you need it.