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Monday, June 22, 2015


 Somehow you’ve probably been told to "sit up straight"—or suffer the consequences of poor posture. But that's just not a particularly scary warning. So let me try to explain it in a way that's a little more specific: a bent spine might mean saggy breasts.
I now you’d probably be, are you serious? Yes let’s dig deeper; when you slouch forward all the time, like you probably do while working on your computer or driving your car, your chest muscles actually stiffen, which pulls your shoulders forward into a permanent slump. The result! A look/shape that's unbecoming to your bosom. Worse, hunching forward also puts more stress on your upper spine, which leads to neck, back, and shoulder pain. Have you ever experienced a neck hurting one day and never stop? It's probably the result of some bad poor posture.
You should understand that bad posture doesn't just mean slumped shoulders. But when you sit constantly—as most of us do—the muscles on the fronts of your hips become short and tight, your glutes—or butt muscles—actually forget how to contract. (After all, with so much chair time, they're not being used for much of anything except padding for your hip bones.) Now, the combination of tight muscles on the front of your hips and weak muscles on your backside causes your pelvis to tilt forward. This pushes your lower abdomen outward, making your belly pooch out—even if you don't have an ounce of fat.

What’s worse, high heels complete the unfortunate picture of what am trying to explain. Your high-fashion shoes not only contribute to a, shall i say, pooch, but again, leave you less perky up top as well, that's because heels make your ankle muscles tight. This leads to tighter muscles all the way up your legs to your lower back the bottom line of this is! Your body is a chain of inter-related muscles from head to toe. If you have a problem in one area, it's going to cause problems in another. However there’s good news.  In this article, BOLA  AKINBOADE-BELLO presents to you three-step guide to slouch proof your posture.

ALWAYS SIT AS TALL AS YOU CAN: Sure this sounds obvious, but remind yourself every few minutes, whether you're at your desk or in your car. You'll be surprised at how much you tend to slump when you're not thinking about it. Then use these simple cues to set yourself straight.

  • Pull your shoulders down and back. Simply imagine that you're trying to create as much space between your ears and shoulders as you can, and try to hold that position.
  • Pretend there's a string attached from your chest to the ceiling, pulling your chest up at all times.
  • Brace your abs—as if you were about to be punched in your gut—but breathe normally. It'll seem hard at first, but keep practicing, and it'll become second nature. A bonus: It'll also help fight lower back pain.

 DO AN EXERCISE CALLED THE HIP RAISE DAILY: This would help strengthen your glutes and teaches them how to contract again—which helps allow your  pelvis to move back in its natural alignment. Here's how to do it: Lie on your back on the floor with your knees bent and your feet flat on the floor. Place your arms out to your sides. That's the starting position. Now squeeze your glutes and raise your hips so your body forms a straight line from your shoulders to your knees. Pause for five seconds, then lower body back to the starting position. Do two to three sets of 12 repetitions every day.
 STRETCH YOUR CHEST: This would help you loosen your chest muscles, which become short and tighten when you slump. Try a simple doorway stretch: Place your arm against a door frame in the high-five position—your palm facing forward and your elbow bent 90 degrees, but be careful not to hurt yourself. Now step through the doorway until you feel the stretch in your chest and the front of your shoulder. Hold for 30 seconds, and then repeat with your other arm. That's one set; do a total of 4 daily.

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