When you were a kid, did your mom ever tell you to stop slouching? Well, you should have listened. Today we are going to talk about how to fix your posture!
Poor posture can lead to a lot of health issues. Constant slouching can cause headaches, fatigue, neck pain, shoulder pain, and circulation problems.
Slouchy 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 you try. 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. Every day you slouch, your muscles get 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 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.
Try this corrective exercise routine:
Backward Arm Circles
Look Side to Side
Look Up and Down
Back of the head stretch
Y-T-A (with wall)
Forearm Plank Retraction