Your core consists of all of the muscles, tendons, and ligaments in your abdomen; this is called the trunk of your body. However, most people are not aware that they slouch because they have a soft core. There are many exercises you can do that will strengthen and build these muscles, and you will find with just a little effort you are standing taller than you have in years. If you remember to hold your head up, shoulders back, chest out, and stomach in you will find that you are working your core on the go; this simple stance will help you to tighten and tone your core no matter where you are. If this seems too hard to do, then you may want to consider investing in a posture trainer
until you tighten those muscles enough to stand tall on your own. If this is not an option, then read further to learn a few helpful tips to help tighten your core starting today.
It will take some time to retrain your brain so you can stand tall like in the days of your youth, but if you stick with it you will find that your spine is straighter and your abdomen is flatter. Consider taking a walk, and make sure you are utilizing the proper stance of shoulders back, head up, stomach in, and chest out. If you are having a hard time finding the proper stance, then place your back against a wall and stand up with your shoulders, butt, and head pressing against the wall. You may feel a little discomfort at first, but over time you will find that the proper stance becomes easier and easier with each passing day.
If you have the time, then consider doing yoga or other core building exercises. There are multiple poses that are suitable for any fitness level, and each offers benefits to tighten, strengthen, and tone your muscles
. One of my favorites is called superman; for this exercise you will need to lie on the floor face down and stretch your arms and legs out as if you are being pulled by a rope at your hands and feet. There is a slight challenge to this exercise, because once you are in position, it is necessary to tighten your core which will offer you a slight lift in your legs and arms. Follow this motion and bring your hands and feet off of the ground and slightly arch your back to really engage your abdominal muscles. You only need to hold this exercise for about 10 seconds, and you will want to repeat this motion at least 5 times to really feel the core building benefits in your abs. There are many other exercises such as mountain pose, tree pose, and cat cow pose that offer strengthening results for your core. Just remember to practice these poses daily, and considering how quick and easy they are you truly have no excuse to avoid them.
If you do not find the time to correct your posture and strengthen your spine, then you will suffer from a multitude of issues over time. There is no need to endure the pain in your back, shoulders, or neck because of bad posture, especially when all it takes to alleviate the pain and damage is a little correction in your stance and a bit of exercise to build up your muscles. If you have a hard time sticking with a regular regimen, then consider calling on a friend or family member to workout with. This will not only help you stick to your routine, but help them get the beneficial results of strengthening and toning their body as well. Make sure you are staying hydrated as well as consuming ample amounts of fresh fruits and vegetables on a daily basis. Before long you will find yourself standing tall with a lovely glow to your skin that turns every head as you walk by.