Posture is so
important; from an aesthetic point of view as well as a structural and health
point of view. I came across these great exercises from an american physio
that are easy to do and do really help our core postural muscles. Give them a

Dr Kareem 5 daily exercises for posture
As soon as you wake up in the morning, do this simple circuit to ensure
that your core and postural muscles are activated to support you all day.

You’ll be amazed at the surge of extra energy you get and the added bonus of
burning calories as your body recovers, all before breakfast.

Check out the video by clicking here or read on for
a full description.

#1: Side-Step Squat

Start with your arms across your chest
in an X pattern and feet shoulder width apart.

Step out with your right leg and sit
down and back into a squat (be sure to keep your weight in your heels, making
sure that your knees do NOT cross your toes and keeping your chest upright)

Come back to a standing position by
pushing through the quads and glute of the leg that moved.

Repeat on the opposite side and
continue alternating legs for 60 seconds.

#2: Wide-Grip Incline Push-ups

I like to do this with my hands on the
bed to add an element of instability, to increase muscle activation, but you
can use any elevated surface or even a set of stairs.

Get into push-up position with your
hands set 2X wider than shoulder width. Be sure that your shoulders, hips,
knees and ankles stay in a straight line throughout the motion.

Proceed with push-ups for 60 seconds,
or until you reach muscular fatigue.

#3: Bridge With Adductor Squeeze

Lying on your back, bend your knees to
90 degrees with your heels on the floor.

Take a ball, or pillow, and place it
between your knees and squeeze your knees together to keep the ball in place
through the full motion.

Raise your hips as high towards the
ceiling as you can using your hamstrings (back of thighs) and glutes until you
reach full extension. Hold for a 2 count, then lower yourself just enough to
touch the floor and then go right back up. Repeat for 60 seconds.

#4: Middle Trap/Lower Trap

Standing in a half-squat position, with
feet shoulder width apart, hinge from the hips, keeping your back flat, and
lower your chest towards the floor.

Let your arms hang straight towards the
floor with your palms facing away from each other. Keeping your armpits at 90
degrees, slowly raise your palms towards the ceiling by squeezing your shoulder
blades together, like a bird flapping it’s wings, then lower your hands back to
the starting position.

Now, holding the same starting
position, turn your palms towards each other and thumbs up as you raise your
arms in front of you into a V pattern by rolling your shoulder blades

Return to starting position and
alternate between these 2 movements for 60 seconds.

#5: Rotational Plank

Assume push-up position on the floor
(can be done on an incline, just like the push-ups, if difficulty level is too

Shift all of your bodyweight onto 1
hand and slowly rotate your entire body as you extend 1 arm towards the ceiling
to end in a T position.

Slowly lower yourself back to the
starting position and repeat on the other side. Alternate sides for 60 seconds.

For some people these exercises may seem basic and for others they may be
challenging, but I can assure you that this 5 minute circuit, done first thing
in the morning, will benefit everyone.