Back On Track: 5 Exercises For Better Posture

Chances are that while you’re reading this right now, you’re either slouching in your seat or lying down in bed. Most people – particularly slouch-loving, couch-laying students – tend to have incorrect posture, and while it may not be hurting you now, sustained poor posture will be a huge pain in the backside later on in life.
Luckily, The Point has got your back, and we’re here to show you 5 easy exercises to improve your posture:

Cat & Cow Pose

Place your hands and knees on the ground, making sure your wrists are directly in line with your shoulders and your knees are in line with your hips. As you inhale, lift your hips upwards and let your abdomen fall. On the exhale, push your belly upwards to curve your spine. Repeat 10 times.

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Shoulder Rolls

Raise your shoulders upwards, then roll them backwards and downwards, pressing your shoulder blades together. Repeat 10 times for both directions.

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Child’s Pose

Kneel on the floor with your knees hip-width apart. Bend forwards until your torso rests between your thighs, and stretch your arms straight in front of you, pulling your shoulder blades away from each other. Hold for 30 seconds or longer.

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Side Bends

Standing with your feet shoulder-width apart, place your hand on the side of your head and bend your head and torso slightly to one side. Hold for five breaths and repeat 10 times for both sides.

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Plank

Lie face down on the floor with your forearms resting flat and feet pointed. Lift your body off the floor until your elbows are directly below your shoulders, making sure to keep everything straight and in line. Hold for 1 minute or longer.

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In addition to these 5 exercises, it’s important to always pay attention to your posture and make sure you’re sitting properly whether it’s in class, at work, or even while driving. Remember to take breaks from sitting, as staying seated for long periods can damage your health – try getting up for a short walk every half an hour. Lastly, swimming and yoga are two great ways to maintain good posture and strong back muscles, too.
The next time you find yourself slouching in class, sit up and try one of these exercises – although we can’t guarantee that everyone in the lecture hall won’t stare at you as you drop to the floor to do your cat and cow poses!

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