Slouching Can Hurt You!

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If you sit at a desk for 8 hours a day at work, you become susceptible to slouching. Slumping your shoulders and leaning forward in a slouched position often results from fatigue and weak muscles. Weak muscles in the back, shoulders and neck can result in poor posture and slouching. When you slouch, you make yourself susceptible to neck, back and shoulder pain. Your muscles and joints can become stiff and you may develop a headache. The best way to avoid slouching and all the negative physical effects is to be mindful of your posture at all times and to develop strong muscles.
The pelvic lift exercise helps strengthen your back muscles. Try to do repetitions every day to help strengthen your back from your neck to your spine, and strengthen your thighs. Lie on the floor on your back with your knees bent. Place your feet flat on the floor close to your butt. Place your hands on each side of your body with your palms down. Take a deep breath, squeeze your abs and then lift your hips up toward the ceiling. Hold for a few seconds and then relax.
The plank exercise helps to strengthen your shoulders, back and abdominal muscles. Leg extensions help work your abs and thighs. Leg extensions also help to strengthen your hips and pelvis.


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