Exercises for improving weak abs and backs

By Nicole Ganglani | Photo by Dane Wetton/Unsplash

When it comes to sports, having good posture plays a huge role. It helps muscles and joints to work more efficiently because it allows the body to consume less energy, which in turn helps prevent fatigue. It also keeps our bones in the correct alignment so that we use them correctly and prevent injury.

Having the right posture in basketball for example is vital when it comes to executing a proper jump shot. The right form for a jump shot involves proper back, arms, and leg posture right from the moment you jump to release the ball until you land on the ground. If the posture of your back is uneven, there’s a good chance that it’ll affect the way you release the ball.

So make it a point to improve your posture. Here are a few tips on how you can do that:

Yoga Stretches

There are a number of yoga poses you can do to align your joints. Yoga has the power to improve the flow of synovial fluid (the slippery liquid in joint systems that along with hyaline cartilage, allows smooth, painless movement of the bones) and strengthen joint-supporting muscles. The beautiful part about yoga is that it stretches your whole body from the spine, glutes, hips, legs, and back, which in turn improves strength, flexibility, and balance.

Strength Training

According to a study published in the “Journal of Bone and Mineral Research,” strength training improves bone density and structure. This is because strength training involves toning our muscles by putting them in contact with resistant force. This type of training helps fix muscle imbalances, relieves pressure on the back, and increases abdominal control and stabilization.

Breathing Exercises

Unfortunately, developing bad posture is something we can’t avoid especially when we sit on our desks and look down at our computer screens for the majority of the day. One of the easiest ways to correct your posture and problem areas such as abs, neck, and shoulders is through breathing exercises.

According to Women’s Health, one way to practice this exercise is to look straight ahead while sitting in your best upright and natural pose. Then, breathe in through your nose and breathe out by blowing gently through your lips. Doing this five or six times every hour will keep your body from regularly slumping forward or leaning back.

Wall Stretches

Wall stretches help open tight chest muscles in your shoulders and align the rhomboids (muscles right between your shoulder blades and spine). One way to do this is to stand with your back and neck against a flat wall so that your glutes, spine, and head are aligned. Bring your arms up and bend your elbows so your upper arms are parallel to the floor. Squeeze your shoulder blades together to form a letter “W”. This can be done three times (one minute each) with 15 seconds of rest in between.

Walk with the Right Posture

Walking with good posture is an extension of standing with good posture. The key to here is to pretend like you have a book balanced on your head while walking so you keep your head up and back straight.  Take note that your head must be facing upwards and your shoulders are kept back. Walking with this posture helps align your neck, knees, feet, and joints—which should help you slowly develop better overall posture.  

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