Sitting at a desk all day, many of us catch ourselves slouching – correct our posture – then slouch again. It’s a vicious cycle that can get harder and harder to correct over time. We also realize, it’s difficult to find time to dedicate to an exercise routine to help the battle against posture and back strength.
Lead The Way to the rescue! All you need is 5 minutes, and you’ll be correcting your posture, and targeting those all important upper back muscles, in no time!
Simply follow along with Reanna, one of our talented registered physiotherapists at Trent Health In Motion!
Stand tall looking straight ahead with your elbows bent to 90 degrees at your sides, and hold a resistance with both hands. Next, squeeze your shoulder blades together and pull the resistance band apart, keeping your elbows in at your sides. Hold 5 seconds, then slowly release. Perform 10 repetitions of this to help improve your posture and strengthen your shoulders and upper back.
Start laying on your stomach, with a rolled towel under your forehead if needed to keep your neck straight. Bend your elbows to place your hands under your shoulders. Engage your abdominal muscles first to protect your low back, then squeeze your shoulder blades together to open your chest, and slowly lift your head and chest up to feel the muscles your upper back engage. Hold for 3 seconds, then slowly lower back down and relax. Perform 10 repetitions of this exercise to help improve your posture and strengthen the muscles in your upper back.