Sitting most of the day is the leading cause of posture problems. Posture problems are the leading cause of back pain, nerve impingement, discs degeneration and weakened blood circulation in the torso. And as our society progresses more and more towards jobs that require sitting in front of computer screens for prolong periods of time, it’s clear that this problem won’t fix itself – instead, we should all try to look for ways to straighten up and improve our posture with the hope of preventing serious health problems in the long run. In fact, correcting your posture is the easiest way to reduce back, shoulder and neck pain, while improving your digestion and breathing at the same time.
In this article we’ll uncover a very simple way to improve your posture without the need for any additional equipment or a gym membership for that matter. The exercise is called the lying back extension, or locust pose in yoga, and even though it looks very simple, it will powerfully boost your posture, take the stress off your overworked back muscles and increase both the strength and flexibility of your lower back muscles.
How to perform the lying back extension:
As you become more comfortable with the pose, you should try to hold the top contraction for longer, for example, one minute. At first, repeat it five times per session, then slowly work your way up to ten repetitions or more.
If performed regularly, this exercise will help reduce or eliminate lower back pain and stiffness. Keep in mind that when performing it, you’re supposed to feel a mild pull build within the muscle, but experiencing sharp pain is not normal and should be taken as a sign that you have pushed your body too far.
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