Exercise to improve Posture : Good alignment is important for good health and good looks. Posture exercises are an integral part of pilates. Indeed. To maintain a our good alignment, we need a strong core.
Some of us seem to have been born with it, and the rest of us have to work at it. If you have strong and healthy CORE muscles, there’s a good chance you also have good spinal alignment and posture.
However, not all of us are so blessed unfortunately. Your spine consists of natural curves – cervical (your neck) is curved inward, thoracic (upper back) is curved outward, lumbar (mid back) is curved in again and the sacral (lower back) out again. All these curves work a bit like a shock absorbers – and they are designed just for that very reason.
From this perspective, the health of your spine is influenced by 2 factors -
Below you will find a 1 minute video. Tight hamstrings is one of the major causes of lower back postural issues. When these are tight, they can pull down on the hip girdle and cause not only poor posture, but lower back pain as well. This is such a simple little exercise and well worth doing..
We've devised basic instructions to test your posture. Just click HERE....
I would say, if you asked me how you could instantly make a change , it would be this.
Stand tall, with feet parallel and hip width apart. Knees bent.
Consciously "feel" the strength of the connection now between feet and hips. Feel the balance there.
Imagine that you are holding a nice apple under your chin (doing that puts your head in its correct position above your spine).
Relax you shoulders but at the same time, allow your shoulder blades (scapulae) to slide down your back towards your waist.
Feet different? Hope so....
Check out our collection of DVDs - you're sure to find one that is just right for you. There are 4: Core Strength Exercises, Stability Ball Exercises, Resistance Band Exercises & Stretching Exercises.