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I have broad shoulders & thin body,,,it looks odd? Can u suggest me with some yoga aasanas or excercise to reduce the shoulder breadth?

By Anonymous September 2, 2010 - 8:17pm
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I have broad shoulders & thin body,,,it looks odd? Can u suggest me with some yoga aasanas or excercise to reduce the shoulder breadth?

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How to bring back my smaller and tighter shoulders..? Which is done broader by push ups..? Tell me any solution to bring back please.. I m very upset with this

July 22, 2013 - 7:29am

I received a reply from my friend, Lisa, who is a certified personal trainer. Here is what she suggests to deal with your concern:
"Actually shoulder breadth is body type – something you are born with – my personal opinion is that this person is fortunate to have a wider shoulder breadth as that makes the rest of her body look smaller (most women - including myself - have the opposite problem!) However, she could benefit from doing exercises that build muscle in the lower half of her body to give her body more of a symmetrical look. She would need to do high weight/lower rep strength training exercises such as squats and lunges. Also it is very important to keep a strong core as well. However, I would recommend her consulting with a personal trainer to determine specific needs and to make sure that she is a candidate for those type of exercises. She needs to have healthy knees, back, etc before attempting high weight/low rep exercise."
Good luck and let us know how you're doing, or if you have additional questions.

September 3, 2010 - 12:54pm

Hi Anonymous,
Thanks for your question and for being a part of the EmpowHER community. I have a friend in my women's group who is a certified personal trainer. I will ask her if she has any suggestions.
Besides for that, I'm not sure your body type can be changed, and I'm sure it doesn't look as odd as you perceive it to be. There is a saying that goes, "you are your own worst critic." There is something to be said for trying to be healthy, but if you're already thin, perhaps you may be better served to work on your self-image.
I realize it may be easier said than done, but if you can learn to love yourself--that confidence will permeate to how others view you. I know it may not be the answer you're looking for, and not to get all "Cosmo-ish" on you either, but you also may want to try altering the way you dress to help draw more attention to other parts of your body instead of the shoulders. Here's an article I found online that explains:
Good luck, and I'll let you know about the exercises when I hear from my friend.

September 3, 2010 - 8:48am
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