Improve Your Posture And Get Rid Of Back Pain With This Simple Exercise
3 Major reasons why you should take care of your posture holding:
- Incorrect posture increases the risk of back pain, feeling of tightness in the chest and poor blood circulation.
- Correcting your posture can greatly reduce pain in the back, shoulders and neck.
- Studies have shown that good posture decreases stress, improves hormonal balance, breathing, improves digestion process, improves mental clarity and overall health.
Fortunately, there is a simple way through which we can improve our posture. A simple and excellent advice is to exercise muscles used when standing in a natural, useful position.
The exercise that you can do to strengthen these muscles is laying extension, which in yoga is called grasshopper position (locust pose – shalabhasana).
Practice the exercise gently and do what suits you and what suits your personal options. If you have back pain, be sure to consult your doctor before beginning a new practice.
Step 1: Lie on your stomach, face down, and touch the floor with your forehead.
Step 2: Extend your legs behind and spread them in the width of the hips. Distribute the weight evenly over the top of both feet.
Step 3: Gently lift the upper part of your body and make sure to keep your head up. Do this slowly and lift as high as you feel comfortable.
Step 4: Inhale and lift your head up looking ahead. During the exhaling lift your fingers and hands. Keep your hands close to the body with the palms down.
Step 5: Use your thigh muscles and lift your legs up. Your weight should rely on the lower ribs, abdomen and pelvis.
Stay in this position from 10 seconds up to 1 minute, depending on your ability. Repeat the exercise 5 to 10 times.
This exercise will strengthen your back muscles, torso and legs and will help you significantly improve your posture.