7 Expert-Approved Exercises That Will Give You Stronger Abs and Improve Your Posture
POPSUGAR reports on exercises for stronger abs to improve posture according to HSS exercise physiologist Pamela Geisel, MS, CSCS.
"The core is responsible for every movement possible," explained Geisel. When you're sitting at your desk, your core keeps you upright. When you walk and run, those movements originate from your core, she continued. "It's so important that we pay attention to it, because it helps us move in optimal patterns that decrease the risk for injury and also allows us to excel at the activities that we love to do," she said.
Because people are sitting more, upper crossed syndrome, where the upper back is rounded and the head shifts forward, is becoming more common. People with upper crossed syndrome also tend to have elevated and protracted shoulder blades and poor thoracic spine mobility. "So we put all these things together, it creates havoc." It can lead to headaches, lower-back pain, and tightness and stiffness throughout your body, noted Geisel.
One way to prevent and fix upper crossed syndrome is to make sure the ergonomics of your work station are good, to take breaks often and move your body, and to do exercises at the end of the day to counteract any tightness and weakness that may be present, Geisel said. To help you improve your posture and core strength, Geisel shared a few exercises she recommends doing daily. They can be performed easily, and be done with resistance bands or light weights, depending on your fitness level.
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