Do you have a long daily commute to work? Does it feel as though you are always in the car? Well from now on, we are going to make the most of this car time and work those abs and back while we commute, to build a strong core! So actually helping you to tone your abs while stuck in traffic! There is only one main change that we are going to make to your car time, and this is improving your posture.
If you are sitting right now while your read this, check your posture. Are you hunched over your desk? Or leaning onto the back of your chair with only your shoulder blades, with your bum at the forward edge of your seat? If you are not currently rocking the perfect posture, don’t worry about it, this just means that we can only go up (straight) from here! Speaking of…try sitting up straight, with chin parallel to the floor, rolling your shoulders back and having both feet flat on the floor with your knees bent at around a 90 degree angle. While in this position try engaging your abs, pulling them into your center while keeping your back straight. Now take a deep breath and remember this positioning.
Now from here, go back into your previous seating position, before your posture was corrected. Do this a few times, alternating between hunched, twisted, slumped positions and perfect posture. Through doing this a few times you should be able to feel how these poor posture positions may be straining certain areas in comparison to when your posture is corrected. This is good, we want to remember how natural and beneficial good posture feels.
Let’s take this to the car….
We are now going to take this proper posture and try it in the car. This is surprisingly much easier to maintain, since you can adjust everything around you (seat, mirrors, steering wheel), to accommodate for your new positioning. These are the simple steps that we are going to take:
STEP 1: Get into the drivers seat and sit with perfect posture – shoulders back but relaxed, ears should line up with your collarbone, back straight, even weight on both hips.
STEP 2: Adjust first your rear view mirror to accommodate for your new position, then your seat, to mold in around you, making sure that can you comfortably reach and move between pedals. Lastly, adjust your side mirrors if necessary.
THERE YOU HAVE IT! From now on when driving, you will be forced into the perfect posture position. Which involves working and engaging your core to stabilize you and keep you in position throughout your commute. This new car set up will also remind you to readjust if you start to slouch, since you won’t have full view out of your rear view mirror. This will be a reminder to sit back up into position.
Do you need to improve your posture? What are your current favourite posture improving tips?
Comments or questions? I would LOVE to hear from you!
THE FIT HIVE
Happy Posture Practicing,