Bookmark Website  | Free Registration  | The Team
The Lounge  | Champions  | The Wire |  Schedule |  Audio  |  Arcade  |  The Top Ten  |  Historical  |  Email  |  Video

3 Exercises for Good Posture and a Six-Pack


These days many people spend a significant part of their day slaving away over a hot computer and as a result, their posture is not what it should be. Bad posture can result in short-term discomfort such as neck stiffness and headaches and also lead to more serious problems in later life. It is therefore worth spending some time to counteract the damage we may be doing to ourselves every day. But how about this - did you know that some of the same exercises that you can do to maintain good posture are the very same exercises, which if done regularly, can help you to achieve a six-pack? I am totally serious - this is something I discovered recently while looking at different exercise routines because I wanted to do something about my own bad posture. As well as sitting and standing up straight, you will also look good on the beach next summer. Kill two birds with one stone!

The following exercises should be done a minimum of three times per week and although you will not see and feel significant results for approximately 6-8 weeks, you will start to feel the developing muscles encouraging you to sit and stand straighter, almost immediately.

Pelvic tilt - Lie on the floor with your knees bent. Your feet should be parallel and arms to the side. Tighten your lower abdominal muscles, pulling your navel and lower back towards the floor. You should do this without using your buttocks or leg muscles to help you. Do this five times, holding for five seconds each time.

Trunk Curls - Lie on your back on the floor, with knees bent. Place your hands lightly behind your head. Using your upper abdominal muscles, raise your trunk off the floor to about 20 degrees and hold for 5 seconds. Then lie down again slowly. Do not put any strain on the neck or lead with your head. Try to imagine touching the ceiling with your chest. Repeat five times.

Arm / Leg raises - Lie face-down on the floor, keeping your neck straight, with your legs extended and arms straight overhead. Then slowly raise your left arm and right leg about six inches off the ground. Hold for five seconds and lower. Repeat with the right arm and left leg. Repeat five times on each side.

As you should before starting all types of exercise, consult your doctor if you have a history of health problems.

Emmanuel Mendonca moved from London to Athens in 2004 and is getting to grips with life in Greece. Emmanuel publishes Greece travel and living articles at http://www.athensroom.com/greece_travel_guide.html


MORE RESOURCES:

New York Times (blog)

How Exercise May Protect Against Depression
New York Times (blog)
Exercise may help to safeguard the mind against depression through previously unknown effects on working muscles, according to a new study involving mice. The findings may have broad implications for anyone whose stress levels threaten to become ...
Why To Exercise Today: Breaking Down Your Kynurenine Could Fight DepressionWBUR
Exercise protects brain from depression, Swedish study findsNational Post
Exercise as a prescription for depression: here's how it worksSBS
Windsor Star -Canada News
all 21 news articles »


BBC News

Is yoga really about exercise?
BBC News
Yoga practitioners are fighting a new sales tax by insisting the activity isn't primarily about fitness. Around the world, its definition can often be rather more flexible, writes Jon Kelly. It might feel a lot like exercise to millions of gym-goers as ...

and more »


How to Know If You're Addicted to Exercise
MSN News
She's part of a growing tribe racing from one exercise class to the next, racking up two or even three major workouts a day. This gung-ho movement is healthy in many respects. "Exercise is the single best thing you can do for your body and mind," says ...



(Chest) Flying Solo
U.S. News & World Report
From CrossFit to Soul Cycle to early morning running clubs, all the trending exercises these days seem to have a group mentality – and for good reason: Working out with others can help stave off a fitness rut and keep you accountable to your exercise ...



Fox News

Exercise Boosts Kids' Cognitive Performance, Brain Function
Medscape
A randomized controlled trial (RCT) of 221 prepubertal children showed that those who participated in a structured afterschool exercise program for 9 months experienced improved executive function, including cognitive flexibility, compared with their ...
After-school exercise may improve thinking skills, fitnessFox News
An hour of after-school exercise linked to better cognitive functioningMedical News Today
Exercise makes kids think better, study showsSFGate
Counsel & Heal
all 115 news articles »


Huffington Post

How to Get Out of an Exercise Rut and Into a Healthy Routine
Huffington Post
No one jumps out of bed in the morning, throws off the covers, and dashes off with excitement to do something they dread. If you want to be a regular exerciser, my first bit of advice is to find a form or two of exercise you love. You won't have to ...

and more »


Exercise proves beneficial when dealing with cancer treatment
Herald & Review
For patients undergoing treatments, exercise is easier said than done. Experts recommend those receiving treatment incorporate some form of movement every hour. Radiation and chemotherapy can be physically and mentally debilitating. Many patients ...



Exercise Is ADHD Medication
The Atlantic
Mental exercises to build (or rebuild) attention span have shown promise recently as adjuncts or alternatives to amphetamines in addressing symptoms common to Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Building cognitive control, to be better ...

and more »


Fox News

Pennsylvania state trooper fatally shot during yearly gun training exercise ...
Fox News
This undated photo provided by the Pennsylvania State Police, Trooper David Kedra is shown. Kedra was shot in the chest Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014, during a yearly training exercise at the Montgomery County Public Safety Training Complex in ...
Trooper accidentally shot in training exerciseWHDH-TV
David Kedra, Pennsylvania Trooper, Shot Dead During Gun Training ExerciseHuffington Post
Trooper killed in Montco shooting exercise is identifiedPhilly.com

all 313 news articles »


University Herald

Resistance Exercise Can Enhance Memory
University Herald
While many existing studies have demonstrated that months of aerobic exercises such as running can improve memory, the current study had participants lift weights just once two days before testing them. The Georgia Tech researchers also had ...
Resistance exercise can improve episodic memory, shows studyNews-Medical.net
Lift Weights, Boost MemoryScience 2.0
20 Minutes of Lifting Can Improve Your MemoryNew York Magazine

all 11 news articles »

Google News


Advertisement



Section Site Map - Submit News - Feedback - Comments - Advertise with Us

Copyright 2006 Luminati Inc. All rights reserved.