While there are many things that can harm your posture, including sitting at a desk for hours hunched over a computer, there are things you can do to improve how you sit and how your upper back muscles work to keep you erect.
Poor tone in the upper back extensors, which are often ignored even by those who exercise, can cause your shoulders to roll forward resulting in back pain, shoulder problems and even headaches.
One of the exercises that work well to counteract this are pushups. Most of us are familiar with the basic pushup, but often, they are done incorrectly and are not as effective as they should be.
Recently, I have seen some people doing 22 pushups for 22 days to help those in the armed forces who are serving our country. It is of course harder than it looks.
Here is some great advice on the benefits of pushups and how to do them correctly.
How to do the perfect push up (now it”™s become a craze)
by Andy Pilides
First we had the ice bucket challenge. This time round social media has revived the ancient bodyweight exercise of the push up.
It is, of course, all in the name of a good cause “” military veterans”™ mental health “” and celebrities from Guy Ritchie to David Beckham have been piling in to show their support.
The challenge, which may have been flooding your Facebook feed, involves performing 22 push ups for 22 consecutive days and posting a video of yourself doing them each day. You are then required to nominate someone else to carry on the trend.
The aim is to raise awareness of the number of military service personnel who commit suicide because of post-traumatic stress disorder (an average of 22 a day).
Instead of leaving people soaking wet, the challenge has the advantage of getting people off the sofa and encouraging a bit of exercise.