This article is a transcribed edited summary of a video Bob and Brad recorded in October of 2022. For the original video go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TIAORLNaUp0
Bob: All right, these are two of my favorite posture exercises.
Brad: Posture, posture, you cannot go wrong with posture. Good posture, that is.
Bob: I like these exercises because they’re easy and they can be done seated.
Brad: That’s right.
Bob: The first one, take your hands and put them into the claw position. Put them on the sides of your forehead with good posture, elbows together in front of your face touching each other. Then spread the elbows way apart, like a butterfly.
Brad: Keep your knuckles right on your temples. Think about bringing your chest out when you come back.
Bob: Shoulders back as well.
Brad: Shoulder blades squeezed.
Bob: I do 25 of these, Brad.
Brad: Every time you do them?
Brad: Wow. I can feel that on my shoulder blades. Those scapular muscles are going to town.
Bob: It’s awesome.
Brad: Make sure you breathe while you do this, don’t hold things tight.
Bob: When you get done, you have good posture.
Brad: I’m feeling very good.
Bob: All right, Brad. Demonstrate my second one.
Brad: All right. This is a nice one done in a chair, of course. You simply take a towel and roll it to whatever diameter you’d like. We have a thicker one, but it will probably work well for anyone. In your chair, you need a firm back chair. Put the towel vertically along the spine. Between the shoulder blades and lean back into the chair with it. I’m going to let it slide down a little bit.
Bob: Then you do angels. Like angels in the snow.
Brad: My wife says I’m an angel.
Bob: Sure, she does.
Brad: Do it slowly five to 10 times.
Bob: All the way down, all the way up.
Brad: I’d go down farther, but my arms hit the armrests, so that’s a limit. If this creates pain, like two months ago this would’ve hurt my left shoulder. I would simply work around the pain. Don’t make sharp pain with these exercises, a stretch is okay.
Bob: You’re doing better. All right, another option.
Brad: A dodgeball or a little ball that bounces. It must have flex to it though, a little give is important. Take that and use that as opposed to the towel.
Bob: It’s the same thing.
Brad: I like the ball because you can get to the tight spots easier. I feel like I need it down a little more than if I went up. This is going to be different for every individual, so experiment. Move it up and down, and stretch it out.
Bob: You could steal one from the neighborhood kids.
Brad: Have your neighbors talked to you about this one yet?
Bob: Yeah, I never gave it back when they kicked it in my yard.
Brad: A Christmas gift for you.
Bob: All right, we do have a roll here too.
Brad: You can take any kind of a roll. This is a lumbar support, and this is a bit softer. That might work better for some of you, depending on your body and your needs.
Bob: More for a beginner.
Brad: It does feel kind of nice. Then, do the posture exercises, you know, the wall angels again. How many times a day, Bob?
Bob: Throughout the day.
Brad: The more you do it, if it doesn’t bother your shoulders, go have at it.
Bob: Brad, I thought we’d send some positive vibes out there.
Brad: Yeah, what does that look like?
Bob: We’re going to do jazz fingers to them. Thanks!
Brad: Heads up!
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