Do These Sitting Posture Exercises To Improve Your Health
Sitting posture exercises are ESPECIALLY crucial to do in our modern lifestyle, as I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, the human body WAS NOT MEANT TO SIT FOR SO LONG!
When we sit for such long periods of time, our body undergoes bad changes (which I’ll discuss in a video below how to correct!)
Why Is Sitting So Long Bad For Our Body?
Frankly, when you sit for long periods of time, muscle imbalances can creep up on your body.
It is these muscle imbalances that occur gradually over time that can take their toll on you. It will be very slow, but the affects on you certainly aren’t pleasant.
For one, when we sit a lot, we tend to round our shoulders forward.
When we are in this position for hours and days, weeks, years at a time, this can certainly cause a major muscle imbalance in the body.
When you are in this position, your chest muscles tend to become very stiff.
Also, your back muscles tend to become overstretched and weak because you aren’t using them.
When this happens, you are susceptible to issues such as neck pain, shoulder pain, tension headaches, back pain, muscle strains, and more.
In this position, you are also much more likely to develop a shoulder injury too.
This is because there is less space in your shoulder joint when you have rounded shoulders. This means potentially greater stress on structures that travel through there.
For example, the most commonly injured rotator cuff muscle, the Supraspinatus, is injured the most frequently for a reason.
I bet you can imagine from the picture above about how being in poor posture would affect that muscle.
When you have very tight chest muscles from sitting, combined with weak back muscles, more stress will be placed on that muscle. This can lead over time to rotator cuff inflammation and perhaps even a rotator cuff tear down the road.
NOT only will your shoulders, chest, and back be affected from poor posture from sitting so much, but your head and neck will be affected too!
Do you see how that guy is looking down and forward like that? This is a position you certainly want to AVOID putting yourself into constantly.
As I will explain in my video below, when you are like this a lot, you develop another muscle imbalance.
With this imbalance, your neck up front gets stretched, while the back becomes stiff. This places extra stress on your neck and can lead to a variety of problems.
So essentially, to avoid these bad muscle imbalances from taking hold over time, you will want to perform sitting posture exercises.
The #1 Sitting Posture Exercises You’ll Want To Do Each Day
The below picture isn’t the actual exercise I’m gonna show you, I just felt like throwing in another photo to break things up more 🙂
The actual exercise I’m about to show you is going to combine two exercises into one.
The first sitting chair exercise I’m going to show you is going to involve you using your lower trapezius muscle. This muscle is used to both retract and depress your shoulder blades.
Obviously, this is a muscle you will want to be strong, as then it can better pull you out of that rounded shoulder posture more that sitting puts you in.
The second sitting chair exercise I’ll show you will simultaneously strengthen and stretch the muscles in your neck. Because you don’t want to be in a forward head posture position, this exercise will help to address that.
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NOW, pay attention to my instructions in this video. None of these exercises should hurt you by the way. If they do, don’t do them!
By doing the sitting posture exercises I show you in this video, you will be on your way to better posture in no time!
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Sitting Chair Exercise Conclusion
The above 2 exercises are something you can do everyday.
This is because posture imbalances can slowly creep up on you over time. By doing the above exercises, you will better be able to ward them off.
Finally, I would like to add the importance of POSTURE AWARENESS!
So many people are simply unaware of how their body is positioned throughout the day.
If you become more self-aware about how your body is positioned, you can better prevent yourself from going into poor posture.
To make one FINAL Recommendation, I suggest setting a reminder for yourself each hour to go into a better posture. This could be done with your phone, for example.
Anyways, I hope this article has helped you out and that you will incorporate these sitting posture exercises into your routine!
Also, if you want to massage muscles such as your upper trapezius that I mentioned in the video, I wrote an article about a good massage tool.
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