Having a good posture is not only a sign of self-confidence but of good health too. In fact, there are several reasons why it’s important to maintain a good body posture:
- Bad posture greatly increases the risk of back pain, back problems, poor blood circulation and tightness in chest;
- Proper posture can eliminate back, shoulder and neck pain;
- Proper posture enhances breathing and reduces stress, improves digestion and overall health;
- And last but not least, good posture leads to higher self-confidence and mental clarity.
Today, we share with you a simple exercise that can help you correct your body posture and reap all the benefits a good posture brings.
Exercise for Proper Posture
To target the muscles responsible for good posture, it’s important to regularly do this simple exercise. In yoga, it’s known as shalabhasana, or the locust pose. Here is how to do it.
- Lie on your belly and touch the floor with your forehead (do this on a yoga mat preferably).
- Place your legs so that they’re hip-width apart.
- Focus your weight evenly on both of your feet.
- Slowly lift the upper part of your body. The lift should be done gently and comfortably.
- Inhale and lift your head looking up. While exhaling, extend your hands and fingers that are placed close to your body.
- Using your thigh muscles, lift your legs up too. Your weight should now be relying on your abdomen, pelvis and ribs.
- Stay in this extended position for at least 10 seconds and no more than 1 minute. Breathe deeply.
- Repeat 5-10 times.
If one regularly, this exercise will improve your posture and greatly relieve the back, shoulder and neck pain.
Check the video and see the exercise so it will be easier for you to do it.