Posture is one of those things people tend to take for granted, allowing gravity to do what it will. Over time, the pull of gravity can cause misalignment in the spine, shoulder girdle and neck, which can lead to chronic pain and discomfort in other areas of the body. You can improve your posture by building strength in your upper back. Here are two easy exercises that will help you do that:
1.) Sit in a stable chair with your back straight and your shoulders stacked over your hips.
2.) Bend your elbows at a 90-degree angle with your palms facing down, and then bring your forearms and hands back in line with your shoulders.
3.) Draw your shoulder blades together and begin to make tiny circles with your hands, as if you are waxing a car. Keep the elbows tucked into your sides.
4.) Repeat for three sets of 30 seconds each set.
1.) Lie on the floor flat on your back with your arms extended alongside your body. Turn your palms down to face the floor.
2.) Rest your chin on the floor, press the tops of your feet into the floor and lift your shoulder tips away from the floor.
3.) Lift your legs, arms and upper body up off the floor as high as you can.
4.) Draw your shoulder blades in towards each other.
5.) Hold for five seconds and release.
6.) Repeat three times.