Posture can be affected by a lot of things, one of those being the way you sit all day.
ANY posture you stay in for too long is going to have a negative effect. You can have the best and most comfortable camp chair, van lounge or desk set up but if you’re siting all day, you’re not doing your posture or your health any favours.
So, whatever your posture is, it’s important you move in and out of it as often as possible! I’ve designed this circuit to help do exactly that. Try this workout from your home, can or your office, to break up long periods of sedentary time.
This workout will focus on a full body movements to complement poor posture. By combining common exercise movements with daily tasks, such as a squat with rotation, these exercises are both functional and transferable to the everyday demands on your body. We will open up the chest and shoulders, strengthen the core and posterior chain, and get your blood pumping for a great workout.
Try these five exercises in a circuit, and do 2-4 rounds of each:
1. BUM TAP SQUATS X 30-60 SECS
Targets: Glutes, Hamstrings, Quads, Trunk/Core. It’s also a great exercise for mobility in the hips, knees, and ankles … This is an all-rounder!
Instructions: Standing with your feet hip width, roughly 10cm in front of a chair or bench (knee height). Reach your arms out in front of you. Next, lower down into a squat, barely tapping your bum onto the bench, and come back up. Tapping a bench helps ensure you use your glutes and hips, as well as a consistent depth for your squats throughout the reps.
Targets: Upper back… Pretty much all of the muscles that are usually crouched over a computer screen, or steering wheel, or hunched over in your camp chair.
Instructions: Stand against the wall (feet 5-10cm away from the wall). Keep your knees soft and your hips, shoulders, and head against the wall (you can take your head off if it’s too uncomfortable). Keep your abs pulled in and don’t let the ribs flare out. Your lower back should be slightly curved off the wall, but the rest of the spine should lie flat on the wall. Reach both arms up into a “Y” position against the wall, then down into a “W” position. Abs pulled in, spine on the wall, and squeeze between the shoulder blades in the “W” position. You should feel a significant amount of work being done by the entire back side of the upper body.
Targets: Chest, Triceps, Core, as well as mobility through the upper back.
Instructions: Push-ups do not have to be from the floor! Choose a solid, stable surface (bullbar of the car, bench, kitchen counter) that is approximately hip height. As you lower into the push-up, squeeze the shoulder blades together; keep shoulders down away from your ears. As you push up, fully extend through the elbows and hold for 1 second. If that is too difficult, you can modify and do these on the wall at shoulder height until they are easier.
- Targets: Lower body, core, rotational mobility, balance, coordinationInstructions: SPLIT SQUAT: Start with one foot in front of you and one foot behind you, keeping them roughly hip width apart. Put your fingers behind your ears and keep your elbows wide. Maintain an upright posture and slowly lower down into a split squat. Both knees should come into about a 90-degree angle. Push back up to the starting position. Your back knee does not have to touch the floor but try to lower down as far as you can push yourself back up without assistance. ADD ROTATION: Same as a regular split squat, and now you are going to rotate the upper body towards the front leg. Rotate as you go down and turn back to centre as you come up. It should look nice and fluid.
Targets: Core, balance, shoulder strength, posterior chain
Instructions: Starting on all 4’s in a neutral spine, raise opposite arm and leg straight out from the spine. Keep the raised limbs straight, lower to the ground to tap, then raise again. Try to maintain a neutral spine, with no trunk movement as your move the limbs. Repeat x 10, then change sides.
If you are interested in a program to increase your fitness, lose weight, increase muscle or improve any aspect of wellbeing such as mobility and flexibility, I can design a program specific to your needs via my Online Personal Coaching Program.
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