7. Strengthen Your Core
Another good way to improve your posture is to focus on exercises that strengthen your core muscles, which are the abdominal and low back muscles that connect to your spine and pelvis.
Strong muscles across your lower abdomen, lower and upper back, and shoulders help to maintain correct posture without fatigue. A weak core will affect your posture, making you hunch over.
Strong core muscles even help a lot in improving your athletic performance as well as preventing urinary incontinence.
When it comes to strengthening your core muscles, neutral spine lying down is the best exercise. To do this:
- Lie flat on your back with your knees bent and your feet flat on the floor, hip-distance apart.
- Rest your arms at your sides with your palms facing down.
- Relax your shoulders and breathe deeply, allowing your ribcage, neck and jaw to relax with every breath.
Other good exercises include leg lifts, long leg lifts, prone hold, horse stance and plank pointer, to name a few.
8. Avoid Crossing Your Legs While Sitting
Crossing one leg over the other leads to increased pressure on one side of the body, which is not good for your posture. Plus, sitting with crossed legs can cause lower back pain.
Over time, the habit of sitting with crossed legs can cause nerve damage and long-term numbness in your legs.
You must also avoid shifting your weight around by leaning to one side or the other when sitting in a chair.
When it comes to sitting in a chair in good position, you should place your feet flat and rested on the ground. If you find it uncomfortable to keep your feet completely flat, just prop your feet on something such as foot stool.