Maintaining a strong, solid upright position is crucial to our overall wellness, but working the muscles that lead to good posture (the postural muscles) is an often-overlooked task. With so many of us leading a sentient lifestyle — sitting at desks all day, driving to-and-from activities, binge-watching TV on the couch — it's crucial that we develop strength and control in the postural muscles, those most involved in maintaining an upright posture so as not to throw our spines out of whack.
Luckily, working this whole muscle group in one move is very doable. Here's my favorite exercise for a one stop shop to strengthen your pelvis, abs, back, hip flexors, chest ... basically any muscle that helps you sit up strong and tall.
Reverse Snow Angels
The goal here is to be able to perform two sets of 20 reps with 2.5 pound weights in each hand, all without touching the ground. For a beginner variation, try the move without weights at first. Make sure to focus on squeezing your shoulder blades together and avoid using momentum to get through the movement.