Sitting up straight shouldn’t be difficult, right? Well, I suppose it shouldn’t be, but for most of us, it is.
A reader wrote a comment asking for exercises to strengthen her back. Before I offer you a video with 3 options next week, this week I challenge you to simply sit up straight with a flat back. Apart from your shock, this will establish a starting point for you to use later after you’ve spent a few weeks doing the exercises.
Here’s what you do:
- Sit on the floor with your legs straight out in front of you in front of a mirror.
- Hunch over.
- Take a deep breath.
- With your abs, push the air out of your lungs, pulling your navel to your spine and sit up straight.
- Pull your pelvic bone under you to flatten out your lower back. Your belly should feel “scooped” in.
- Pull your shoulder blades together to flatten out your upper back.
- Try to keep your legs straight.
- Count how many seconds you can sit like this without pain.
Because I have chronic pain in my lower back, it took me about 5 or 6 attempts before I could sit up straight. The only reason I was able to hold the position for longer than 10 seconds was due to my core strength, telling me I need to practice what I preach (will be preaching next week). Yoga has helped, but I have a long way to go.Tweet this!