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    Hi everyone, I have just joined DAREBEE and I’m trying to get in better shape.
    I have back issues for a long time as well as my posture isn’t straight. So I want to improve on posture and also work on back pain issue. Along with that I feel I’m too skinny so I need to gain muscles as well.
    Kindly help me choose a program based on your experience. Finally I have a question about breathing, is there a particular way to breathe while exercising, I mean for example pushups when to inhale and when to exhale? If you get the idea, could you all kindly guide me.
    Happy training.
    harsh

    #2
    Start with a level 1 program like Foundation or Baseline then have a look at something abs related like Core Strength. Bad posture usually comes from a weak core.

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      #3
      I second CaptainCanuck with getting started on Foundation or Baseline, to get a good idea of what you can do and branch out from there. If you're done with one of those, maybe look into the Back & Core programme, I think it helps a lot with back pain. For poster, maybe have a look at the Posture Challenge.
      About your question regarding breathing, here are two articles that might help: Breathing during exercise and Training and Breathing.
      If you decide on Foundation or Baseline and think it's too easy, maybe add a challenge that catches your fancy.

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        #4
        Go with the programs recommended above.
        Consider adding yoga and mobility work.
        Pushups wouldn't be my go to for back issues. the effort to stabilise and protect your spine, will kill your breathing.
        Breathing on push ups is inhale on lower and exhale on pushing up. Dont hold your breath.

        For your back. Lie down on the floor and learn where and how you can move from a safe protected position. Do this everyday, vary times of day (there will be huge difference between first thing and in the evening).Move under control, full breaths, ease and no pain. You need to learn to undo what you do to yourself on a daily basis. No quick fix and no short cuts are available.

        I wish you the best in finding your answers. Im also happy to try and explain further if my suggestions appear a bit Woo woo.

        Rath

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