Minute Monday: Proper Posture Exercises

During the workday, you might spend a majority of your time hunched over while looking at screens and papers. When you’re not at work, maybe you’re driving, lounging on the couch or eating dinner at the table. Do you notice how all this sitting affects your posture?

Poor posture leads to strain on the body’s muscles and ligaments while also leaving us fatigued at the end of the day. Learn some simple exercises to help strengthen these areas and improve your levels of stress on the spine:

Shoulder Blade Pinches (pinch you shoulder blades together, rotate arms outward)

Chin Tucks (tuck your chin in and pull your head straight back)

Upper Trap Stretch (side bend, ear to shoulder)

Levator Trap Sretch (side bend with slight rotation, nose to armpit)

 

Other Suggestions: Proper set up at your desk will help promote and enforce proper posture. Always keep your knees at a 90 degree angle, shoulders back and chin down.

 

What helps your body stay energized throughout the day? Let us know in the comments.

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