Good posture refers to the proper alignment of the body when you sit, stand, or when you lie down. When you move with correct posture, you can easily keep your balance and flexibility.

Because your weight is properly distributed in your body, your muscles and ligaments can easily support your weight.

A good posture does not only contribute to your overall physical appearance but it also contributes to a general feeling of wellness. Here are 5 exercises that can improve your posture.

1. Chest Opener

The right posture is stomach in, chest out. But if you always spend the whole day sitting down, you tend to move your stomach out and your chest in. This exercise is intended to stretch your chest and move it outward.

To perform this exercise, stand with your feet apart. The distance between your feet must be as wide as the hips. Place your hands behind you, keeping the fingers touching each other.

Look straight ahead while keeping your neck and spine aligned. Inhale as you move your chest upward and your hands downward. Breathe deeply five times. Return to the original position. Do the routine 10 times.

2. Side Plank

This exercise can help align your legs and spine and targets your glutes and side muscles. Your back muscles are straightened allowing them to keep the muscles on your back well-aligned. This can also help you develop and maintain a good posture.

Start with the high plank position. Then place your right hand slightly to the centre. Let your right hand support your body. Place your right ankle over your left. Then, move your left hand upward. Then gaze straight ahead.

Hold this position for a few minutes. This position can strengthen the muscles on your abdomen and glute. Do the same now with your left hand supporting your body. Maintain your pose for a few minutes.

3. Forward Fold

Relax your spine, glutes, hips, and legs by doing this exercise. Start by standing with heels apart and the big toes touching. Place your hands on your hips.

Bend forward from the hips and let your hands fall downward. Bend your knees and move your chin inward to your chest. Keep the position for a few minutes.

4. Cat Cow

When you perform this exercise, you can feel your torso, neck, and shoulders relax. Start this exercise by balancing your body on your hands and knees.

Gaze in front of you and drop your abdomen toward the floor. Inhale as you look up the ceiling and inhale as you raise spine upward and exhale as you drop your abdomen. Repeat the exercise 10 times.

5. Standing Cat Cow

This exercise targets the hips, back, and glutes as you stretch them. To begin, stand with your feet apart. The distance between them must be as wide s your hips. Bend your knees slightly and extend your hands downward. Stretch your neck and tuck your chin toward your chest.

Move your hips around. Look up and tuck your chin to your chest while moving your hips around. Keep the pose for a few minutes before repeating the action.

Try these exercises and see for yourself the improvement in your posture. With good posture, you can walk with sure movements.

Emma Pyke
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