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Improve Your Posture and Relieve Back Pain with this Simple Exercise!

Improve Your Posture and Relieve Back Pain with this Simple Exercise!

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Now follows three serious reasons why you should care about your posture. Incorrect posture increases the risk of back pain, slipped disk, a feeling of tightness in the chest and poor blood circulation.

Correcting your posture can greatly reduce pain in the back, shoulders and neck. Studies have shown that good posture reduces stress, improves hormonal balance, improves digestion, breathing, improves mental clarity and overall health.

Fortunately, there are simple ways in which we can improve and correct our posture. One simple and effective tip is to exercise the muscles that you use when you’re standing in a natural, beneficial position.

The exercise that you can do to strengthen these muscles is lying back extension, that in yoga is known as a grasshopper position (locust pose – shalabhasana).

Perform the exercise gently and do only what is comfortable and what suits your personal options. If you have back problems, do not forget to consult your doctor before beginning any new practice.

Step 1: Lie on your stomach with face down, your forehead touches the floor.

Step 2: Extend your legs behind them and spread them to the width of the hips. Dispose the weight evenly over the tops of both feet.

Step 3: Gently lift the front of your body with the head up. Try it slowly, and only lift as high as you feel comfortable.

Step 4: Take your breath and lift your head looking forward. When you take your breath away, lift your chest and arms. Keep your hands close to the body with palms down.

Step 5: Use your thigh muscles and lift your legs up. Your weight should rely on the lower part of the ribs, abdomen and pelvis.

Stay in this pose for 10 seconds to a minute, depending on your ability. Repeat 5-10 times. Start slowly with a short holding and gradually increase the length and number of repetitions each day as much as you can, but also to feel comfortable. This exercise will strengthen your back muscles, trunk and legs which will help you greatly to improve your posture.

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