Do you suffer with bad posture? Are you sat at a desk all day, and need some helpful stretches to relief stiffnesses?
This blog has many helpful tips and home stretches that you can incorporate into your daily routine, and will help you improve bad posture.
Thoracic Extension Stretch
Sit or stand tall and interlace your fingers behind your head. Gently arch your upper back, opening your chest and squeezing your shoulder blades together. Hold for 10-15 seconds, and repeat a few times.
Sit or stand with your shoulders relaxed. Tuck your chin in towards your neck without tilting your head up or down. Hold for a few seconds and repeat several times.
Stand with your back against a wall and your arms bent at 90 degrees, with your elbows and wrists against the wall. Slowly slide your arms up and down the wall, focusing on keeping your back and shoulders in contact with the wall.
Get on your hands and knees, and gently arch your back up towards the ceiling (cat pose). Then, lower your belly towards the floor and lift your head and tailbone (cow pose). Repeat this movement for a minute or two.
Start on your hands and knees, then sit back on your heels with your arms stretched out in front of you. Relax your back and breathe deeply in this position for 30 seconds to a minute.
Chest Opener Stretch
Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart. Clasp your hands behind your back and lift your arms, opening your chest. Hold for 10-15 seconds and repeat as needed.
Get into a push-up position with your arms straight and your body in a straight line. Engage your core and hold this position for as long as you can, maintaining a neutral spine.
Remember to perform these exercises regularly, and be mindful of your posture throughout the day. If you have any pre-existing conditions or concerns about your posture, it’s always a good idea to consult your doctor for any personalized guidance on what you should be doing.