Stand Tall with Posture-Perfecting Move

Improve your balance with exercise that engages arms, legs.

One of the keys to good posture is core balance. With this simple move, you can improve your muscular balance so you’ll stand taller, with your weight evenly distributed over both legs.

Start on all fours with your hands below your shoulders and your knees directly under your hips. Pull your ribcage and navel in toward the spine as you use your abdominals to “brace” the spine. Slowly shift your weight onto your right leg as you straighten and lift your left leg behind you. Reach out through your left heel, keeping your shoulders, hips and knee facing the floor. Pause for two breaths.

Keep your gaze steady and your left leg lifted as you slowly shift your weight onto your left arm. Stretch your right arm out in front of you, palm facing inward and your upper arm near the side of your head. Focus on keeping your hips and shoulders parallel to the floor. Work toward getting your extended leg and arm at the same height. Pause for three breaths. Lower your arm and leg, then repeat on the other side.

Source : Los Angeles Times

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Seated Twist

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In seated twists like this one, it’s important to sit up tall and focus on lengthening your spine before you begin to twist. Done correctly, spinal twists increase circulation and build strength and flexibility in your back muscles. But you must be warmed up properly before you perform them.

STEP-1. Sit on the floor with both legs straight in front of you. Bend your left knee and place your left foot flat on the floor in front of your left sitting bone. Bend your left elbow and place it on the inside of your left knee with your fingertips pointing upward. Place your right fingertips on the floor behind you to help you sit upright. Inhale, lengthen your spine, extending through the crown of your head. On an exhale, rotate your ribcage, chest, shoulders and head to the right – don’t allow your left knee to flare out to the left (keep it pointed up to the ceiling). Pause for three full breaths.


STEP-2. When you’re ready to intensify this twist, wrap your left arm around and behind your left leg and move your right hand to grasp the fingers of your left hand. Keep your shoulders relaxed and press down with your left foot as you continue to lift up through the crown of your head. Stay here for three to six deep, full breaths, then slowly release and repeat on the other side.

Source:Los Angeles  Times

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Triangle Pose

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..triangle‘ pose keeps muscles limber:-

Side bends — such as the classic yoga “triangle” pose shown here — will help you stretch the muscles between the ribs called the intercostals. This move will open your chest and improve breathing capacity. You’ll feel a stretch in your hips and the backs of your legs.


STEP-1. Stand with your legs 3 1/2 to 4 feet apart. Hold your arms out to the sides at shoulder height. Turn your right leg out 90 degrees and turn your left leg in 15 degrees. (Your right heel should be in line with your left arch.) Inhale. On an exhale, move your hips toward the left and bend sideways toward your right leg, placing your right hand anywhere on the right shin that feels comfortable. Raise your left hand above your left shoulder.
STEP-2. Lean back slightly and look up just beyond your left thumb. Keep your eyes focused there as you continue to reach your left arm overhead. Move your shoulders down away from your ears and lengthen your neck. Press the right side of your buttocks forward and pull your abdominals in toward your spine. Hold this position for 20 to 30 seconds while you breathe evenly.

Sources: Los Angeles Times

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