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Dumbbell exercises that improve posture

post #1 of 6
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Looking for some dumbbell exercises or other things I can do in my home to improve my posture. I have slight lordosis, so I'd like to minimize that. I have two 20-lb dumbbells, and can get more once I need more weight. I'm 5'7" and 130lbs for reference. Thanks!
post #2 of 6
I don't know if there is anything you can do with dumbells for that other than standing presses. *shrug.

Maybe try chinups and pullups, seemed to help my posture a lot.
post #3 of 6
Get ye to a gym and start doing some heavy deadlifts instead of playing around with playing around with those 20 lbers.
post #4 of 6
i went to a physical therapist about my lordosis and they said strengthening the stomach and stretching the hip flexors was the way to minimize it. I did just that and didn't notice anything. I think the popular conception of how straight the lower back should curve is unrealistic- nearly all the aboriginal tribespeople you see on tv have a very pronounced lordosis... I think it's the sign of a strong lower back/gluteul muscles.
post #5 of 6
you dont need any weights. but unless you go to a physical therapist it's hard to say which exercises you need but the standard exercises would be to: strengthen your transverse abdominis and loosen your hip flexors and hamstrings i would suggest these to start: stretch back http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HfKWm...eature=related http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aYBLiDg0Y0U http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ccuvv...eature=related stretch hip flexors http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nyBEANBOkvY stretch hamstrings http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IiQGvhUyvAE planks http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MHQmRINu4jU side planks http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wqzrb67Dwf8 remember to warm up before you start. take a run or bike until you build up a sweat. do it every day. hold each stretch for 30 seconds and do multiple reps, and do planks in as many reps as you can do going for 30 seconds to start, then build your way up. and remember to stand up straight and sit correctly. and most importantly, go to a physical therapist to get the correct diagnosis
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Originally Posted by Svenn View Post
i went to a physical therapist about my lordosis and they said strengthening the stomach and stretching the hip flexors was the way to minimize it. I did just that and didn't notice anything. I think the popular conception of how straight the lower back should curve is unrealistic- nearly all the aboriginal tribespeople you see on tv have a very pronounced lordosis... I think it's the sign of a strong lower back/gluteul muscles.

I think your conception of what it takes to lengthen the hip flexors and strengthen the stomach is unrealistic.

And just because your body appears to have the same imbalances as those of someone who has spent their entire life doing manual labor does not mean that it won't shouldn't be viewed as a health issue for you.
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