Suffer from sore neck? Desk posture starting to make you look like Gollum? Ladies, do you boobs weigh you down? You suffer from lower back pain?
Potentially all the above can reflect on why you’re so tight through your upper body and lack muscle mass in your upper back and shoulders for better and correct posture.
We tend to focus on movements that promise to lift, tighten, and tone common trouble zones. But forgetting the importance of others to be able to get out of bed without pain, walking straight , running with no shin splints and sitting on the toilet with no lower back pain. These exercises certainly deserve a spot in your routine, but there are also a few under-appreciated moves that work wonders for keeping your body healthy and pain free.
This is a great, multi-part exercise that targets the muscles of your upper back that also help stabilize your shoulder blades (trapezius and rhomboids). Draw your shoulder blades down and back and keep them there during the movements. Push your arms down into a A position, keeping them straight the whole time. Pause, then slowly lower back to the starting position. To move on to T raises, keep chin tucked, your back flat with the ground and your abs engaged pushing down to the floor. Raise your arms out to shoulder height in a T position, palms facing forward. Pause, then slowly raise up back to the next position.
Finally, for the next raises, continue in the position as you were in for T raises. Lock your elbows and raise your arms up to shoulder height, squeezing your shoulder blades together as you lift. At the top of the movement, your arms should form a Y. Pause, then slowly lower back to the final position of arms above head to create an I.
Try it all out and let me know what you think.