• Ben Banbury

5 Stretches That Will Transform Your Posture

Updated: Jul 10, 2021

Do you get neck or lower back pain? Feel you slouch or are just sick of having shoddy posture? These 5 stretches can change that forever


lady stretching outdoors in black leggings
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Let's be honest, bad posture is super ageing


Standing taller and having better posture will instantly make you look younger, feel better, more confident and to put it bluntly... more attractive



a lady before and after improving her posture

But I'll let you be the judge of that one


Putting the superficial benefits to one side, bad posture will play absolute havoc on your quality of life over time


We all know someone that suffers from excruciating back pain. The sort of pain that stops them enjoying something as simple as a walk or picking their kids up


Pain that causes them to swear every time they get out of a car or huff and sigh when they have to bend over to pick something up from the ground


The same goes for chronic neck pain


Have you ever had neck pain so bad you feel physically sick every time you turn your head?

I have and it was beyond agony


I've had chronic back pain and pain so bad in my neck that I would have paid someone to finish me off with a shovel just to stop the pulsating pain tearing through my skull

Nasty stuff. So let's look at some incredible stretches you can be doing every day to eliminate any pains, stand taller and feel better!



 


1. CHILDS POSE


ABC yoga pose right?


And for good reason


The childs pose will release tension in your back, shoulders and chest


3 key areas that can cause pain or overtighten and cause a rounded posture


The childs pose will also help people who suffer from anxiety or are feeling particularly stressed






2. HIP FLEXOR STRETCH


Think of the hip flexor stretch like the "reverse sitting" stretch


The hip flexors runs from the lower back to the front of the thigh muscle (a physio would have a mental breakdown if they read that vague description but I'm trying to keep this as simple as possible!)


Sitting causes it to shorten and tighten. This restricts your movement and pulls on your lower back


Tight hip flexors result in lack of movement and pain in the lower back, groin and/or knee


If you sit alot or are an office worker you need this one a lot!