How To Improve Your Posture

10 May by Jacalyn Buettner DC

How To Improve Your Posture

power pose for good posture

Your posture is so important that recently I ran a month-long Posture Challenge on Instagram. With good posture you will look and feel great. You can too! Take on your own posture and create a daily posture routine. First, start off by taking a before photo of your posture today. And in 30 days after putting into place your posture habits, take another photo to see how you’re progressing.

Here are a few posture tips for your Posture Routine

1. Practice standing in what I call your power pose. Power Pose translates to Power Posture

Are you wondering why I’m wearing my Wonder Woman Jammies?Amy Cuddy of Harvard Business School found that standing two minutes in a power pose can:

✅ increase testosterone by 20%,
✅ decrease cortisol levels (stress hormones) by 25% and
✅ increase people’s tolerance for risk and pain.Your body language and your posture change your mind.  This changes your behavior, which changes your results.

Take two minutes every day and stand in your power pose.

Yeah baby! It gives me more confidence, an inner strength to lean in, to take a risk like how I did with this video on Instagram.

2. Practice the McKenzie Chin tuck exercise.

It helps strengthen the muscles that pull the head back into alignment over the shoulders!

✅ Chin retraction – seated or standing. Gently push the chin backward.
✅ You will feel a slight stretch at the base of the skull.
✅ Hold stretch for 3 seconds. Repeat, perform 3 sets of 20

3. Do a few repititions of Cat-Cow pose.

This is a great yoga pose for back pain. Watch me doing cat-cow post on Instagram.

Here is the exercise:

1️⃣Start on your hands and knees with your wrists directly under your shoulders, and your knees directly under your hips. Point your fingertips to the top of your mat. Place your shins and knees hip-width apart. Center your head in a neutral position and soften your gaze downward.
2️⃣Inhale as you drop your belly towards the mat. Lift your chin and chest, and gaze up toward the ceiling.
3️⃣Broaden across your shoulder blades and draw your shoulders away from your ears.
4️⃣As you exhale, draw your belly to your spine and round your back toward the ceiling. The pose should look like a cat stretching its back.
5️⃣Release the crown of your head toward the floor, but don’t force your chin to your chest.

4. Get regular adjustments

If posture is a priority, get regular adjustments to help keep the body in peak condition.

5. Use Posture Medic bands.

posturemedic back brace exercisesI LOVE the Posture Medic bands. They train your brain and your body to sit and stand with proper posture. With all those devices (like your smartphone and laptop) you’re hunched over all day long, you really need this one. Let’s keep you looking your best. Your back and hips will thank me later otherwise I’ll be seeing a lot of you in my office.

 

Practice these posture tips and look for more on my Instagram and we will get you on your way to proper posture.

 

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