TRY Extension of the spine to counteract daily forward flexion.
•Hold a towel behind your back, keeping arms long and palms facing back. Create tension by pulling out and back, using the towel.
•Exhale as you move your arms and towel away from the body, lifting chest to ceiling.
•Hold for four counts, then return to a neutral position.
•Repeat five times.
TRY Shoulder roll to release tension.
•Keeping arms at your sides, slowly
roll shoulders back 10 times, then forward. Focus on relaxing and lowering shoulders throughout movement.
TRY Half moon as a side stretch.
•Stand tall and bring both arms overhead. Keeping arms straight, interlock fingers.
•Exhale and, without moving hips, lean to the right. Hold for four counts. Inhale and return to neutral position.
•Repeat on the left.
•Continue moving side to side until each side has been stretched four times.
To make sure you're standing tall the night of your event, Figuer says to focus on keeping your abs engaged throughout the evening. Everything starts from the abs and if they're tight, chances are your posture will be great. Throughout the night, give yourself little reminders to keep your chest lifted and your shoulders down and back.
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