My Top 5 Easy Exercises to Improve Your Posture
Back in the day, good posture was considered to be more of an etiquette issue than anything else. Parents would scold children to sit up straight at the dinner table because it was “good manners.” Nowadays, we’ve made the conscious shift in understanding the importance of having good posture.
Good posture is key to a healthy and fit body, and if you don’t pay heed to it or do specific exercises to improve it, your body may suffer. Common problems caused by bad posture include lower back pain, neck pain, stress, digestive issues and much more.
Not to worry, I’ve put together a list of some of my very own go-to exercises that tackle bad posture head-on. Let’s get started and improve your posture today. Don’t forget to check my Unlock Hip Flexors review here.
#1 THE WALL ANGEL
This exercise is very simple, and you won’t even need any gear to do it. All you need is a flat wall and you are good to go!
- Stand with your back against the wall.
- Place your feet about 4 inches from the base of the wall.
- Make sure that your glutes, head and spine are flush against the wall.
- Next, you have to raise your arms up against the wall. Your shoulder blades should be squeezed together and your arms should simulate the letter ‘W’. Stay in this exact position for about 3 seconds.
- Raise your arms and straighten your elbows, simulating a ‘Y’.
Each pose should be held for at least 3 seconds and be repeated ten times. If you do ten sets of this pose every day, you will start reaping the rewards of good posture sooner than you think!
#2 THE HIP FLEXOR STRETCH
Once again, you won’t need any equipment to do this. The benefits that come from stretching your hip flexors are fantastic and should not be dismissed.
- Keeping your feet flat on the floor, kneel on your left knee with your right foot in front of you.
- With your hands pressed on your right thigh, press forward to stretch your hip flexor.
- Contract your tummy muscles while tilting your pelvis backward. Keep your chin in up and in line with the floor.
- Hold for 30 seconds and switch to your other leg.
Do a couple of sets for optimal results. Doing the hip flexor stretch correctly will not only improve your posture but it will have a great impact on your knee and hip health.
#3 THE V-MOVE
For this exercise, you will need a resistance band. The V-move is great for decreasing neck and shoulder pain, and it will improve your posture if you do it a couple of times a week.
- Take the resistance band and place it underneath one foot.
- Place the other foot a couple of inches behind the foot with the resistance band underneath it.
- Pull the handles of the resistance bands upwards at a 30-degree angle. Take note that your hands should be slightly outward and away from your body.
- Keeping your shoulder blades and back straight, bend your elbows a little and hold the position.
- Switch sides and repeat.
Now, if you can commit to doing this exercise for two whole minutes, five days a week, you should notice a significant decrease in neck and shoulder pain.
#4 THE CHIN TUCK
You don’t need any equipment for this exercise and it can be done while you are seated or standing.
- Relax your shoulders, rolling them back and down.
- Take two fingers and press them on your chin.
- While moving your head back, slightly tuck your chin.
Hold this position for 5 seconds and repeat it about ten times daily. This exercise is excellent for strengthening your neck muscles and can decrease that nagging forward head posture. It can also decrease neck and shoulder pain.
#5 THE DOORWAY STRETCH
For the final stretch that can improve your posture, all you’ll need is a doorway.
- Stand in the doorway and bend your arm so that it is in line with the doorframe. Your hand should be on the doorjamb.
- Your arm should be raised and parallel to the floor.
- Lean forward and into your arm while pushing against the doorjamb.
- Hold the pose for 10 seconds.
- Relax and place one foot in front of the other so that you are in a slight lunge pose.
- Press and lean into your arm again. Your chest should move forward past the doorjamb.
- Hold for 10 seconds.
For optimal results in stretching your chest, repeat the stretch on both sides three times a day. This stretch is ideal for loosening up tight chest muscles.
Doing these five stretches every day (at least twice a week) will deliver results, trust me. Say goodbye to nagging backaches and neck and shoulder pain while improving your posture one day at a time. The benefits of these exercises go beyond your body; they can also improve your life in general.