Monday, June 18, 2007

A simple exercise to straighten spine

Many people have to stand for long periods of time everyday. If we do not learn how to stand properly (proper standing posture), then it can cause us back and neck problems.

Some advantages of proper posture are:
1. Keeps bones and joints in the correct alignment so that muscles are being used properly.

2.Prevents fatigue because muscles are being used more efficiently, allowing the body to use less

3. Prevents backache and muscular pain.

4. Gives us a good appearance.

A Few General Rules For Standing:
- maintain a straight spine rather than slouching to the side
- avoid slouching forward or hyperextending
- keep the chin up with the head centered over the shoulders
- keep the feet slightly less than shoulder width apart
- keep the knees slightly bent
- avoid standing still for long periods of time, rather, sit down or move around.

If you had not been giving proper attention to your posture all these years, you may atleast make an effort to start now. Below is a simple exercise you can do everyday in order to straighten your spine.

To straighten your spinal column, back up to a wall. Make sure that as much of your body is touching the wall. Pull in your stomach, Expand your chest. Stretch your neck straightening your head. Hold this position for Ten seconds and GROW.

Do this simple healthy exercise everyday. It can do a lot of good and it takes very little time. Only ten seconds. ( taken from

The websites I referred to for writing this article are:
posture for healthy back
posture for standing
exercises and tips to increase height
movement and posture

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