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Creating daily strong posture habits

Brush and balance Did you know you can strengthen your posture as you brush your teeth? It’s easy, just lift one leg (bend the knee and bring it up slightly) and balance on one foot as you brush.

Forcing your body to stabilise while you’re brushing is a really time efficient way to work your core muscles. The challenge of centering and staying upright engages the core back and belly muscles, which is a self-help method for those wanting to minimise postural low back pain. Plus, improving balance can fine-tune athletic performance, and reduce falls as we age. Another bonus… it burns calories!

To get the most benefits, try to maintain optimal posture and position while balancing:

  • BE A STORK and stand your tallest

  • Raise your knee until your thigh is parallel with the floor

  • Don’t wave your arms around

  • Don’t lean forward, back or to the side

  • Touch the wall or cabinet if you need to stabilise

  • Repeat on the other side

You’re increasing your awareness of standing tall while training deep muscles and nerves to keep you that way. It’s an easy change to your routine to strengthen your posture and balance…while you brighten your smile.

Why not try think of other ways you can incorporate some exercises or stretches in your morning routine?

Here's another great idea: do your neck stretches in the shower. Not only is it great to stretch your muscles when they are nice and warm, but also, once it is part of your shower routine then you don't have to remember to do them during the day.

Stretch and enjoy!!

Dr Sonja


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