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Weight loss: 5 moves to improve your posture that can also help you burn calories - Times of India

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01/6 Exercises for improving posture and losing weight

Sitting in the same position all day long in front of the laptop can compromise the natural curves of your body. Rounded shoulders, sunken chest and titled neck, all are visible signs of compromised posture that is clearly visible when we stand in front of the mirror. Improper posture not only impacts your overall appearance but can also make you more prone to back pain, fractures and muscle fatigue. A good posture is important to maintain balance throughout the body and the easiest way to improve it is through exercising. And if your workout routine helps you lose kilos what can be better than that. You can get two benefits in a lesser amount of time. Here are 5 exercises that can help to improve your posture and also burn a considerable amount of calories.

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02/6 ​Resistance band pull apart

Step 1: Stand on the ground with your legs hip-width apart and hold the ends of the resistant band with both hands.

Step 2: Stretch your hand in front of you with your palms touching each other.

Step 3: Now spread your hand outside, stretching the resistance band as much as you can.

Step 4: You would feel the tension in your chest and back.

Step 5: Pause, bring your hands back to normal position.

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03/6 ​Wall Squat

Step 1: Stand on the ground with your head, back and hips touching a wall with your feet hip-width apart.

Step 2: Slide your body down the wall, till you come to the squat position. Your thighs should be parallel to the floor and perpendicular to the shin.

Step 3: Pause, push through your heels to return to the starting position.

Side plank with leg lift

Step 1: Lie on your left side balancing your body weight on your forearm and leg.

Step 2: Lift your hips in the air to form a straight line from shoulders to foot.

Step 3: While keeping your torso stable, lift your right leg without bending your knee.

Step 4: Take your left leg up, pause and then bring it back to the starting point. Try not to drop your hips.

Marjaryasana/Bitilasana or cat/cow pose

Step 1: Get on all your fours with your wrists under your shoulders and knees under your hips. Your toes should be tucked inside.

Step 2: Inhale and relax your belly to move it towards the floor. Gently arch your back towards the ground, tilt your tailbone and try to look upward.

Step 3: Hold this position for 2-3 seconds.

Step 4: Relax, exhale and arch your spine towards the ceiling and tuck your chin into your chest. Repeat this 20-25 times every morning.

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04/6 ​Plank to downward dog

Step 1: Come to plank position with your legs fully extended and toes tucked in.

Step 2: Your forearms should be resting on your ground. From the head to the toes your body must be in a straight line.

Step 3: Inhale and gently lift your hips upward, completely stretching your hands. Your body should be in an inverted V shape.

Step 4: Press your hand into the ground and straighten your neck. Your ears should touch your hands, fix your gaze to your navel and inhale.

Step 5: Pause for a few seconds, bend your knees and return to the table position.

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05/6 ​Side plank with leg lift

Step 1: Lie on your left side balancing your body weight on your forearm and leg.

Step 2: Lift your hips in the air to form a straight line from shoulders to foot.

Step 3: While keeping your torso stable, lift your right leg without bending your knee.

Step 4: Take your left leg up, pause and then bring it back to the starting point. Try not to drop your hips.

06/6 ​Marjaryasana/Bitilasana or cat/cow pose

Step 1: Get on all your fours with your wrists under your shoulders and knees under your hips. Your toes should be tucked inside.

Step 2: Inhale and relax your belly to move it towards the floor. Gently arch your back towards the ground, tilt your tailbone and try to look upward.

Step 3: Hold this position for 2-3 seconds.

Step 4: Relax, exhale and arch your spine towards the ceiling and tuck your chin into your chest. Repeat this 20-25 times every morning.

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