Old or young, you can improve your posture and turn away back pain by practising these few steps towards good posture.
1. Shoulder blade squeeze: Sit up straight in a chair with your hands resting on your thighs. Keep your shoulders down and your chin straight. Slowly draw your shoulders back and squeeze your shoulder blades together. Hold for a count of five, then relax. Repeat three or four times.
2. Imagery: Think of a straight line passing through your body from ceiling to floor (your ears, shoulders, hips, knees, and ankles should be even and line up vertically). Now imagine that a strong cord attached to the top of your head is pulling you upward, making you taller.
Try to hold your hip level. Don’t allow the lower back to sway and resist the urge to stand on tiptoe. Instead, think of stretching your head toward the ceiling, increasing the space between your rib cage and pelvis. Picture yourself as a light footed dancer rather than a soldier at attention.
Practice these exercises throughout the day.
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