I have back problems and need to work on my posture, one element is the lower ab to 'pull' my lower back into a more upright position (I tend to fall into a hollow back).

When I ask about activation, I mean this: get the relevant muscles to stay tense and active for a long time after the workout so that my posture stays OK with less conscious effort. What is a training modality or exercise to achieve this effect?

I'm mostly looking at planks and kneeling ab-wheel rollouts as exercises that have, I think, a more max-strength focus for me but I also occasionally do exercises with a stronger strength-endurance focus.

Should I prioritize one over the other to achieve muscle activation?

(I've asked this on fitness but it may be appropriate here, too)

  • Please don't post the same question on different Stack Exchange sites. This is probably a better fit for Physical Fitness.
    – michaelpri
    Commented Aug 10, 2015 at 4:22
  • well, this site didn't exist when I asked on PF.
    – mart
    Commented Aug 10, 2015 at 21:16

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First of all, there is a weak correlation between posture and pain.

Secondly, working on long term activation may hurt (as in pain) your back. If you find that a certain posture is good for you try to sets of time in which you are in that posture.

Remmember: your best posture is your next posture.

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    I still think that this needs some more explanation. The OP asked for more specific information than you give. Could you add in some more info?
    – michaelpri
    Commented Aug 10, 2015 at 4:33
  • 1) with me, the correlation between posture and pain is decent, the fact that it's weak overall des not help me much 2) the pain I'm worried about is a cinched nerve (not muscle soreness, that's ok), also I don't understand what you are telling me? (sitting relativly straight while meditating seemd to be good for me, do you mean something like this?)
    – mart
    Commented Aug 10, 2015 at 21:15

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