Wellness Matters

S-T-R-E-T-C-H to a Straighter You

September 03, 2014

In today's busy world, who has time to worry about poor posture day-to-day?

 You do!

While working, eating or driving, we are constantly slumping forward with our heads falling forward.

Break the habit and do these simple exercises to improve your posture and flexibility.

Stand or sit with upright posture looking straight ahead. Tuck your chin straight back (like a turtle) without tilting your head up or down. You should feel a stretch in the back of your neck. Return to neutral and repeat 10 times. Those who spend hours at a computer can do this exercise to avoid a forward head posture.

Sit or stand with upright posture. Raise your shoulders up toward the ceiling, then back, and then down to complete a backward shoulder roll. Repeat 10 times. This exercise can help prevent many shoulder conditions and correct rounded-shoulders.

Stand up straight with shoulders back, head held high and arms resting by your side. Squeeze your shoulder blades together in back. Repeat 10 times. This exercise helps prevent a hunched upper back.

Lower back
Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart and your hands on the small of your back. Gently lean backward, making the movement come from your lower back. Return to an upright position. Repeat 10 times. This exercise helps reverse the tendency to sit slumped and bent forward during daily activities.

Stand behind a chair or hold on to a stationary object. Kick one leg backward, keeping your back straight. Try not to lean forward. Repeat with the other leg. Repeat 10 times on each leg. This exercise helps prevent you from walking with flexed hips and knees.

Always be sure to check with your doctor before starting any exercise program.


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