Tis the season for New Year’s resolutions. I would like to offer up a potential resolution for you: fix your posture.
Between 50-80% of American’s complain of back pain at some point in their lives. This back pain is almost always related to poor posture. All day we are hunched over our steering wheels, computers, and phones. Everyday activities like sleeping and getting dressed can cause us to slouch.
Most of the time we don’t even realize when we are slouching. This is why it is a good idea to take some time out of your days to fix your posture.
This posture-improving workout is the best of the best. If you don’t have a lot of time, these are the five exercises you should do daily. You will need a mini resistance band to complete these movements. If you don’t have mini bands, you can get some in the MFit Amazon store.
The exercises in the workout below will help strengthen your back and core. Weak back muscles make it very difficult to stand up tall, so strengthening them will help greatly. However, exercise is only half of the posture-improving equation. You also need to stretch. Refer to this blog post to learn how to stretch your neck to loosen up the tight muscles that make your back muscles even weaker. Those stretches and the workout below will improve your posture so much and reduce bouts of back and neck pain!
Follow the routine below.
Do 2 sets of the following circuit:
1. Single Arm Band Pull (15 reps each)
2. Banded Filed Goal (15 reps)
3. Band Pull Over (15 reps)
4. Forearm Plank (30 seconds)
5. Down Dog Presses (10 reps)