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Exercises to Improve Posture

Leg Extension Exercise

The leg extension is very good for building up the core muscles

  • Start by finding a flat surface to lie down on. Once flat on your back, bend both knees while keeping your feet flat on the ground.
  • Put your hands behind your head and try to keep your lower back firmly pressed to the floor.
  • Raise your head slightly up off the ground. Exhale and pull your stomach muscles in and up towards your spine.
  • Gently, bring one knee to your chest while extending your other leg straight out. The extended leg should be roughly 6 inches off the ground.
  • Bring both legs back to the starting position and reverse the exercise.

Crunches

Crunches are a brilliant exercise for the group of muscles that support your spine.

  • Start by finding a flat surface to lie down on. Once flat on your back, bend both knees while keeping your feet flat on the ground.
  • Press the lower back onto the floor and place both hands behind your head.
  • Breathe out and pull your abdominal muscles inwards and towards the spine.
  • Raise your head and shoulders slowly from the floor and hold for 3 seconds. You should feel your abdominal muscles tensed.
  • Bring your shoulders and head back to the starting position and repeat 10 times

Correct posture is necessary for the long term health of your spine. These exercises will help to improve the flexibility of your back as well as reducing the pain from any existent back problems.