Molly McNamee | How To Fix Your Posture
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How To Fix Your Posture

When you were a kid, did your mom ever tell you to stop slouching? Well, you should have listened.

Poor posture can create a lot of health issues. Constant slouching can cause headaches, fatigue, neck and shoulder pain, and circulation problems. Poor posture also makes it difficult to workout. If your shoulders and head drop forward it is going to be difficult, if not impossible, for you to work your muscles properly. Your neck will likely feel most back and shoulder exercises. Lower body movements, like squats and deadlifts, will potentially hurt your lower back. Even jogging may hurt your neck if your posture is that much of an issue.

The sooner you start working on your posture, the better. With each passing day of slouching, your muscles get more and more imbalanced and the problem gets more challenging to fix.

Ideally you want to get your body to a state in which standing with proper posture is second nature. However, depending on how bad your posture is, this may take a while. Slouching is a bad habit that can be difficult to break. We all get comfortable sitting and standing a certain way. Most of us don’t even think about our posture throughout the day. In order to fix your posture, you need to think about constantly and work on regularly.

So, how do we fix it? First of all, when you feel yourself slouching at your desk or in your car, roll your shoulders back and sit up tall. If your posture is something you really don’t ever think about, set an alarm on your phone to go off every hour. When it goes off, fix your posture.

You also need to do a corrective exercise routine, like the one below, everyday. This routine will help stretch out the tight areas of your body, like your neck and shoulders, as well as strengthen the weaker parts of your back. The blend of stretching and strengthening will help balance out the body to make standing with correct posture easier.

If it is unrealistic for you to do this routine everyday, you should at least do a few stretches for your neck and shoulders everyday. Most of these stretches can be done anywhere: at work, in bed, or even on the phone.

Try this corrective exercise routine:

Arm Swings
Backward Arm Circles
Shoulder Rolls
Head Rolls
Look Side to Side
Look Up and Down
Back of the head stretch
Turtle Neck
Y-T-A (with wall)
Reverse Fly
Forearm Plank Retraction
Standing Row