I remember the day’s when my mother would tell me to sit up straight and stop slouching…
When we are sitting at our computer’s or driving in our car it just feels more comfortable to slouch over. However, this may not be healthy for you in the long run. I was reading a story on msn.com by David Zinczenko that has written about long term effects when it comes to bad posture.
We can have bad posture by wearing some of our favorite high-heel. Our high-fashion shoes not only contribute to your tummy pooch, but again, leave you less perky up top as well, according to Rachel Cosgrove, C.S.C.S., fitness advisor for Women’s Health. That’s because heels make your ankle muscles tight. This leads to tighter muscles all the way up your legs to your lower back. A tight lower back causes you to compensate by hunching forward even more, says Cosgrove. So your sag worsens. Not a pretty sight.
Your body is a chain of inter-related muscles from head to toe. If you have a problem in one area, it’s going to cause problems in another. David Zinczenko Swears by a few exercises that you can do to prevent not only bad posture but saggy breasts.
1. Always sit as tall as you can. You would be surprised at how many time you would have to remind yourself to recreate that good posture again.
- Pull your shoulders down and back. Simply imagine that you’re trying to create as much space between your ears and shoulders as you can, and try to hold that position.
- Pretend there’s a string attached from your chest to the ceiling, pulling your chest up at all times.
- Brace your abs–as if you were about to be punched in your gut–but breathe normally. It’ll seem hard at first, but keep practicing, and it’ll become second nature. A bonus: It’ll also help fight lower back pain.
- Are your muscles out of balance?
2. Do an exercise called the hip raise daily. This strengthens your glutes and teaches them how to contract again—which helps allow your pelvis to move back in its natural alignment. You can do this in the privacy of your own home. While the TV is on or before you head to bed.
Here’s how to do it: Lie on your back on the floor with your knees bent and your feet flat on the floor. Place your arms out to your sides. That’s the starting position. Now squeeze your glutes and raise your hips so your body forms a straight line from you shoulders to your knees. Pause for five seconds, then lower body back to the starting position. Do two to three sets of 12 repetitions every day.
3. Stretch your chest. This helps loosen your chest muscles, which become short and tighten when you slump.
Try a simple doorway stretch: Place your arm against a door frame in the high-five position—your palm facing forward and your elbow bent 90 degrees. Now step through the doorway until you feel the stretch in your chest and the front of your shoulder. Hold for 30 seconds, then repeat with your other arm. That’s one set; do a total of 4 daily.
I am not saying you should stop wearing heels cause I will be the first to tell you that I wont be giving up my heel for a long time. I do however suggest and agree that we all should be more aware of how we sit stand whatever. take twenty minutes every night and do these exercises at home before you go to bed or yoga could help out with stretching out the muscles we are tightening through out the day.