Good posture not only makes you look better, it also helps prevent injury! Proper alignment – or keeping a “neutral” spine during exercise & throughout your day, places the least amount of stress on muscles and joints. Use these postural extremes to find your neutral position – You will stand taller, look better & reduce stress on joints & muscles!
- Stand with you feet hips width apart.
- Bend your knees & then straighten them – keeping your knees soft, not locked.
- Tilt your pelvis forward & back, making the lower back very arched and then very flat. Position your pelvis between the 2 extremes so your tail bone points toward the floor.
- Tighten your abs by contracting the belly button toward the spine without squeezing your gluts.
- Lift shoulders toward ears, then lower them, drawing the shoulder blades down.
- Round upper back, then squeeze shoulder blades together and lift your chest, position shoulder blades between the 2 movements.
- Push chin forward & pull it back until ears are over your shoulders.
You are in a neutral position when ears, shoulders, ribs, hips, knees & ankles line up!