The abdominal muscles provide bracing and stability to the trunk. Strengthening this group of muscles can help your posture.
- Lie on your back on the floor, knees bent and feet flat on the floor.
- Place your hands behind your head, elbows pointing out.
- Slowly raise your shoulders and upper back off of the floor to the count of two.
- Pause. Slowly lower your shoulders back to the floor to the count of two.
- Repeat 10 times for one set. Rest for one to two minutes. Then complete a second set.
Make sure you:
- Breathe during the movement. Try to exhale as you raise and inhale as you lower.
- Don't pull on your head or neck with your hands.
- Keep your chin lifted toward the ceiling and elbows pointed out throughout the exercise.