What exercises help with good posture?
Over time, we have all suffered from what they call text neck or bad posture. Bad posture can come in many shapes and forms. Sitting at a desk for prolonged periods of time has people slouching and sticking their head forward, bad ergonomics can contribute to poor posture at the work desk and smartphones can cause bad posture. In fact, text neck is one of the leading causes of bad posture as younger generations progress to being attached to their smart devices.
Throughout time, there have been many products and cues that have been used to try and address the issue of bad posture. Products range from gym balls, back supports, postural chairs, postural belts and varidesks. Even postural cues like 'pull your shoulders back' or 'stand up tall' are common phrases used.
As much as these products and cues have their positive points, nothing beats having a good postural exercise regime that doesn't take too long to implement into a daily routine.
The first thing that should be implemented are micro breaks. Micro breaks are a great exercise for office workers that are sitting for the majority of the day. It works by setting an alarm or reminder to get up move around and reset the body.
Below I have listed four exercises that help address bad posture by either targeting weak muscles to help strengthen or by increasing the mobility through that stiff mid back region.
Seated thoracic stretch
Written By Luke Attkins
Bsc Chiropractic, M. Clin. Chiropractic, Dip. Remedial, Dip. FIFA Medical, Cert. DNS Sport