These are the reasons why you need a proper body posture:

• Improper body posture drastically increases the chances of having poor blood circulation, back pain, tightness in the chest and slipped disk.

• If you are suffering from neck, shoulder or back pain, you can reduce it by improving your body posture.

• According to research, a good body posture reduces stress and improves breathing, hormonal balance, mental clarity, digestion and your overall health.

Luckily, there is a simple way to correct your body posture. One of the most effective and simple tricks to improve your posture is to work out the muscles that are normally used while you are standing.

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The exercise you should do to exercise and strengthen up these muscles is in fact a yoga position known as locust pose, shalabhasana or the grasshopper pose. This is a lying position, where the back is extended.

When you do certain exercise, you should always do them gently. You must feel comfortable and do those exercises that suit you best. If you have chronic back problems, consult a medical professional before doing anything else.

Step 1: Lie down on your stomach. Your forehead should touch the ground.

Step 2: Extend your legs and spread them to the hips level. The weight should be distributed evenly on both of your feet.

Step 3: Lift the upper part of your body gently and hold your head up. Remember to do the lifting gently and slowly. Lift the upper part of the body as high as it is comfortable for you.

Step 4: Breathe in deeply and look forward. Lift your arms and chest, when you are exhaling the air. You must keep your arms close to your chest, with the palms facing downwards.

Step 5: Afterwards, lift your legs up by using the muscles on your thighs. Your body weight should be supported by your pelvis, abdomen and ribs.

You should remain in the grasshopper position for at least 10 seconds. As you progress, you will be able to remain in this position for 60 seconds. Repeat the exercise from 5 to 10 times. In the beginning, you should start with a few repetitions and you should remain in the pose for a few seconds. Then, as you feel more comfortable with the exercise, you should increase the time and the repetitions gradually. The exercise will strengthen the leg and back muscles, which will improve your body posture.

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