If you ever wondered what the perfect daily posture routine would be to get better posture then this is the video for you. Here I am going to show you a quick and easy daily posture plan to help you stand up straighter regardless of how many hours you may be spending sitting down right now.
We all know that sitting too much is not good. Not only does it wreak havoc on your body in the form of rounded shoulders, a forward head and low back pain but it also causes some systemic side effects that can make it harder to burn fat and stay at the appropriate weight.
In this video, I’m going to break down a simple to follow daily posture routine that you can do to fix your posture at home. It isn’t a long drawn out posture workout at home that is going to take you hours to do. In fact, this is an easy posture workout with no equipment to help undo the damage being done to your body by sitting too much.
So the first step in learning how to fix your posture is to do a simple bar hang first thing in the morning. I shared this tip in a previous video where I spoke of the benefits of decompressing your spine by hanging from a doorway pullup bar for just 60 seconds can have on your body.
If you don’t have a pull-up bar you can easily do this by pushing your hands down onto a countertop in your kitchen and lifting your body a bit. Be sure in both cases to keep your toes in contact with the floor to prevent the core muscles from tightening and getting in the way of the spinal effects you are after.
At that point, the game plan shifts to how to incorporate posture correction exercises into the normal daily work flow to fix your posture. I understand that here, more than ever, people are often asked to do too much which gets in the way of their consistency and ever fixing this problem once and for all.
I like to abbreviate this system with the letters G, B and S. These stand for Grab, Bridge and Squat.
To make these posture exercises work all you have to do is set a timer on your phone for 30 minutes. When the timer goes off you are simply going to stand up and perform one of these moves. None of them will take you longer than a minute. When you are done, sit back down and resume working and reset your timer. The next time it goes off just stand up again and perform the next one in line. Keep rotating the posture correction exercises throughout the day ever 30 minutes.
If you happen to forget one or two, don’t worry. The key to your long term improved posture is to get in the habit of not just sitting without doing anything.
The Grab consists of placing your hands on your own butt. Heels of your palms on the top of your pelvis with the fingers running down the cheeks. Push forward to create extension of the hips while opening up your tight shoulders and allowing your hips flexors and chest to loosen up. Hold for just 15-20 seconds. Repeat one more time, this time actively contracting your glutes and scapular muscles to get into the position even easier. 20 seconds is all it takes here and then sit back down and resume working.
The next time you will quickly lay on the floor to perform 5 reps to each side of the glute bridge and reach over. This powerful posture correction exercise is one that will awaken the glute muscles and allow you to reinforce hip flexor flexibility and thoracic spine mobility. Complete your reps and get right back to work once again.
Finally, the squat is the last exercise in the sequence in learning how to improve posture while at work. Instead of performing reps of squats however, you are actually going to be just sitting into a deep squat position. This opens the hips and helps to retain deep hip flexion capability, which is something that often times gets sacrificed in arthritic hips. Reach your arms up overhead and press them into the wall. See if you can eventually touch your hands together while keeping them pressed on the wall. 4-6 reps is enough here whether you can or cannot.
If you are working out right now that isn’t enough to undo the damage and get better posture. Even an hour and a half a day of training isn’t going to cut it. If you are sitting too much, exercises are needed to specifically help undo the damage. That said, face pulls are always something that could and should be added to your workouts in order to strengthen the postural muscles that are often too weak to work properly.
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