There are many good reasons for wanting to improve posture. First, it will help you feel and look younger and be more confident. Another important reason is that poor posture weakens the muscles that support the bones and may lead to rounded shoulders, an aching back, and arthritic hips.
There are several types of exercise that can be used to encourage an improvement in alignment. Of course, it’s always wise to check with your doctor at Osteo Relief Institute before taking on a new active lifestyle. They might review how important it is to start out slowly with limited numbers of reps and sets and to build up to a more vigorous workout as tolerance increases.
A few exercises to help improve balance and keep a healthy physical position while lying or sitting include those that focus on the center of your body, those designed to help slumped shoulders, and the ones developed to prevent or alleviate lower extremity aches and pains. Core training works on the abdominals and lower back. Examples of core training include abdominal crunches, standing side bends, and using a fitness ball to “swim” or “cross crawl”. Shoulder slump is the result of spending too many hours sitting in an office staring at a computer. When our upper body is not even, the head and neck suffer, resulting in stiffness or a tension headache. Working out on a rowing machine is one of the best ways to help this problem. If you don’t have a rowing machine handy, simply stand up straight, lace the fingers behind you, and straighten the arms. This may cause an uncomfortable pull, but it should not result in real pain.
Help the lower joints. Hips supported by weak muscles of the thighs or buttocks often show a distinctive tilt. The same program that helps the torso can assist with improving alignment. Consider doing a series of bridges every night because they generate positive results. This involves lying on the floor. Set the feet firmly on the ground, raise your mid-section, and tighten the gluts. Hold that position for a few moments before relaxing and lowering the middle part to the ground. Proper toning can provide extra support for joints and ease discomfort if you suffer from knee osteoarthritis.