This article is a transcribed edited summary of a video Bob and Brad recorded in March of 2023. For the original video go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vizes_2enyg
Mike: Are you tired of slouching and experiencing discomfort from poor posture?
Brad: Well, if you are, look no further. We have a simple exercise that you can do at home and really get tall and strong.
Mike: This exercise only takes 30 seconds to do, and in our opinion, it's one of the best posture correctors you can do.
Brad: So we recommend doing this exercise throughout the day. However, we're going to give you some additional exercises that are going to help you as well. Alright, to do this exercise, you're going to need a broomstick, a piece of doweling, PVC pipe, or a Booyah Stik. It should be about five feet long. We've got this little mop handle, it works fairly well, but it's a little short for me. I could put it on the floor, which is what I'd like to do, but it's short, so I'm going to put it on my chair to get the right height. And this works really well. If you have a broom handle and you want to keep it from sliding around you simply take your shoe, and put it on the floor, or in your chair, so that it does not slip around. It has to be stable there.
Brad: And then you simply reach up as high as you can with your hands, and you're going to lean forward. Lean forward and get a stretch. Now you can do it seated, or Mike is demonstrating it standing.
Mike: Yes, so reach up as high as you can, and as you're reaching up and leaning forward, try to pull down. That's going to get the nice stretch you want, and it's going to help prevent any slouching, it helps with your breathing, and Bob says it's even helping with his digestion. So give it a try if you're having issues in that realm. But do this and try to hold it for three breaths.
Brad: And relax and exhale. You're going to feel the lats stretch, you're going to feel the ribcage stretch. It's all the way down into the back and the shoulders, which helps with that posture we're looking for.
Mike: An alternative to this is to take the pole or stick, or whatever you have, and put it on one side, grab up with that single arm as high as you can, and kind of lean into it, so you're kind of getting the latissimus stretch a little more, and just isolating the one side.
Brad: This also happens to be a nice stretch if you have one-sided low back pain, you can also do this and see how it responds, it can be an excellent stretch for that, on the painful side.
Mike: Make sure to inhale and exhale for three breaths, and then switch sides, make sure to do it on both sides. You don't want to become lopsided.
Brad: I've been lopsided all my life. All right, and the final stretch, this is one of my favorites for posture. Take your stick over the top of the shoulders and we're going to bring the chest out, and at the same time bring the chin in. So it's called the chin tuck, chest out. And you'll feel a nice stretch right across the chest.
Mike: I would just say do this 5-10 times. You can do reps, or you can hold it. Just breathe through it, nice, good stretch, make sure you're grabbing wide. I can't bring my arms in, it is very uncomfortable, so grab nice and wide.
Brad: There you go. I also do a little gentle rotation. Don't do this if it's uncomfortable, it needs to be relaxed and comfortable, breathe, and take it off, and you'll find, there you are. Good posture.
Mike: The Booyah Stik does work well for these exercises.
Brad: Okay. Be careful. Be Healthy. Be Happy. Be helpful.
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