Thursday, 28 July 2016

How to Stop Slouching in 5 Easy Moves



Slouching can make us look like a prehistoric human (not cute), but sometimes sitting and standing up straight can be so darn hard. Especially when we're locked into an eight-hour day at the office or watching a marathon of House of Cards, it's easy to assume a slumped position. But over time, poor posture strains the spine, neck, head and shoulders, bringing on backaches, joint pain and even headaches.

Thankfully, you won't have to slip on a brace or stroll around with a stack of books on your head; fixing your form is doable with just a few moves. We chatted with trainer George Vafiades, founder of As One Fitness in New York City, who shared his five favorite moves to strengthen and lengthen the spine, stat.

Lie face down and extend both arms over head. Turn thumbs to ceiling, squeeze glutes, contract core, and lift arms, with head and legs about four inches off the floor. Hold the position for two seconds, then lower. Repeat for 15 reps. "This move will activate the muscles supporting the spine, while also strengthening the shoulders," Vafiades says.

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