Core flexibility and strength are essential for good posture. The abdominal and surrounding muscles in the core naturally work to support the entire body during any type of activity, as well as while standing or sitting.
Due to sedentary lifestyles and hours spent sitting while using modern technologies, people often have tight and weak core muscles and therefore lack posture support. With weak abdominal muscles, it’s also easy to develop a protruding belly, which can pull the spine out of alignment and further exacerbate a poor posture. Keeping abdominal and other muscles in the core strong, including back muscles, can help counteract the effects of sitting for long periods of time in front of a computer or game console.
Perform simple overhead stretches to elongate core muscles. You can also hang from a pull-up bar to stretch your core muscles, as well as your arms and shoulders. Remember to also stretch to your sides for better flexibility.
Build core muscles with calisthenics, such as sit-ups or leg lifts. Regularly performing dance exercise routines, such as Zumba or belly dancing, can also help to strengthen core muscles.
While yoga and Pilates exercises are designed to work out back muscles, they stretch and strengthen abdominal and surrounding muscles in the core as well. Perform either yoga or Pilates for overall better posture.