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How Exercise Toughens Us Up, Makes Us Happy, And Makes A Better You

Your mind is what determines your inner strength, but your body is what determines what you have in your inner muscles. One of the fastest ways to make your body better is by joining a group of exercise enthusiasts. Most individuals spend at least one hour a week exercising, and exercise has become as popular today as it was during the Gold Rush.

For as long as I can remember, I’ve been exercising to improve my posture. Even though it has become fashionable to say “my posture is just fine”, it’s not just an appearance thing. Your posture affects more than your posture. We have a physical structure, called the HIP, that affects how we move and where we place our body. When you stand with your shoulders back, your hips forward, your arms at sides, or you place both arms on top of each other, you have an exaggerated and painful hip or thoracic outlet. If you don’t correct this situation, it can put strain on the other muscles in the trunk including the lumbar spine, shoulders, ribs, and lower back. Correcting the posture improves strength in all those areas because it creates a stronger, more stable structure. Because I’ve been exercising, I have significantly improved my posture and I feel more balanced both inside and outside.

Many of the muscle and joint injuries I see most often are a result of improper posture. Because we live in the modern world, where everyone has access to the Internet, it’s become more prevalent than ever to try and improve our physique. Whether it’s a bodybuilder trying to add size, or it’s a recreational fitness fan trying to make the most of his or her time with the weights, it’s important to know that a good posture will improve your health in many ways.

If you have a good posture, you will feel great more often and you’ll get more done in less time.

If you have a bad posture, you will have more back issues, be more susceptible to injury, and you just plain look stupid. 

If you are on the fence about your health, I’d like to give you a few pointers on what you need, then I’ll explain how exercise can enhance your health. I will also show you the 3 most popular corrective exercise methods. I don’t want you to think “you must do them all, no matter what!” Because no matter how popular or how effective they are, you don’t have to do them all. There are ways of correcting a few issues and using those methods will help you become stronger and stronger at correcting your posture. And if you don’t have the time to do all three, remember, that’s OK! Because those areas will work as well!

Correcting Your Posture: The 3 Techniques

1. Abdominal Exercise and Posture Corrective Techniques

First, I’ll show you two examples of correcting your posture using abdominal exercise. The first is a video of a woman exercising herself. First, the video shows you her posture and then we focus on the exercise that she was performing in.

Once you take a look at that video, you can quickly determine that, no, what we should be doing is just a few simple exercises. This kind of video will give you a good, basic understanding of what the exercises should do to develop your abdominal strength and support your posture.

When we look at the first video, we clearly see that we need to be squeezing the abdominal organs together to make the hips and shoulders back. When her hips and shoulders are back, the lower spine is also supported, which in turn provides a stronger, more stable structure.

The other key takeaways from this video is that while doing the exercise, one of the key ways to help maintain this new posture is to lift your arms. In the beginning stages, it may be helpful to simply hold a light dumbbell, like a barbell or kettlebell, or a resistance band that doesn’t weigh you down; all of these give us the opportunity to “get used to the weight”. If you are feeling really good about yourself and have done a lot of abdominal exercises, you might have a little more control over the exercise. Then you can adjust to the resistance that suits you.

If you are not a beginner, you can choose any non-heavy weight you want, but I personally don’t recommend weights that are that hard. Don’t use a lighter weight that you can’t tolerate or doesn’t have enough resistance.