Exercises to Correct Bad Posture

By Steve Silverman

Poor posture can lead to a myriad of physical problems. Back pain, neck pain and headaches often result from poor posture. There are several exercises that you can do in order to improve your posture and lessen your discomfort. They are not difficult and they bring fast results.

Sit-ups

One of the reasons for poor posture is a lack of tone in the stomach muscles. Increasing strength in your stomach will give you greater core strength and improve your posture. Go into your bedroom and lay down on the floor next to your bed. Put your feet on top of the bed and push your buttocks toward the bed frame. Put your hands behind your head and lift up from your stomach about 10 inches. Come back down to the floor and repeat 20 times. Take a 30-second break and repeat the set.

Bench Press

This should be done on weight-lifting bench. Lay down on your back and use two 10 lb. weights in each. Keep the weight at shoulder height and lift straight up. You will increase your core strength by balancing the weights as you lift them. Do 10 lifts, take a 30-second break and repeat the set.

Exercise Ball Roll

Place your stomach on an exercise ball. Put your hands on the size of the exercise ball and roll towards your head. When you get to the point where your neck is over the center of the exercise ball, roll back to your midsection. Repeat this 10 times.

About The Author

Steve Silverman is an award-winning writer, covering sports since 1980. Silverman authored The Minnesota Vikings: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly and Who's Better, Who's Best in Football -- The Top 60 Players of All-Time, among others, and placed in the Pro Football Writers of America awards three times. Silverman holds a Master of Science in journalism from the Medill School of Journalism.

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