A lot of people think their posture is pretty good, and when they stand tall their head is level head and body is aligned properly over their feet.
However, a quick check with a posture picture often shows a different reality, with head jutting slightly forward and upper back rounded… making them look older than their years.
Ball Stretch is a great stretch to counter the effects of sitting all day, and uses an exercise ball to unbend hunched over posture. When doing this stretch, it’s essential to move slowly and with control, and fully supporting the head and neck so you open up the chest, shoulders and front of the body to unfold posture.
Try this stretch with a large exercise ball
Be sure to have someone spot you the first time or two until you feel comfortable and balanced. Always move with control, and never move in ways that create pain.
Allow your spine to relax so it curves and lengthens over the ball. Relax and stretch for 5 sloooow breaths. If you feel comfortable, you can try and reach your arms overhead for a bit more stretch and chest opening.
To get back up to sitting:
Remember: When you move slowly and with control you avoid injury, and wake up unused core muscle fibers.
If you’re unsure, unsteady or want to advance with ball exercise and other motion control exercise a chiropractor or therapist can help.