The 12-Minute Better Posture Workout


By: , – Jessica Smith, Certified Personal Trainer
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Your mom was right--standing up straight really is good for you! Better posture can also help you look taller and slimmer instantly (no Spanx required). With all the sitting and slouching we do while typing, texting and driving, maintaining good posture can require a little extra work. Join me for this equipment-free, full-length workout video designed to develop strength, flexibility and proper alignment in the postural muscles of the neck, shoulders, back and core. A mat is recommended for the floor work (though a carpeted surface should work fine). 
Oh, and be sure to keep an eye out for my workout partner, Peanut the French bulldog, who makes an appearance during this workout!

Like this workout? Be sure to check out our professionally produced, better-posture-building "Walk On" 3-DVD set, available now on DVD.
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About the Author
As someone who struggled to lose weight for years, Jessica found that the key to her own 40-pound weight loss was making small, healthy lifestyle changes that led to big, lasting results. Now, as a certified wellcoach, fitness instructor and personal trainer, she has spent the last 15 years helping students and clients reach their goals in New York City, Los Angeles and Miami, and now reaches millions online through her YouTube Channel and home exercise DVD series. Please visit to learn more about her fun, results driven programs for all levels of exercisers.

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  • 12
    I don't see any workout just a big blank space. - 10/5/2016   2:29:39 PM
    Did this workout how do I track on spark now? - 10/4/2016   4:45:26 PM
  • 10
    Did not like it; didn't finish. Wasn't expecting Pilates--that swimming move hurt. Then I couldn't follow the twist thing--didn't understand the directions, couldn't really see, trying to do it and twist my neck to see what she's doing. Gave up. Oh, well. - 3/24/2016   9:55:01 PM
    Felt good - 3/7/2016   4:56:54 PM
    This was nice! Short and sweet. I did it for the first time today, and am going to repeat it over the next few weeks. Everyone needs better posture! - 12/8/2015   9:47:35 PM
  • 7
    I just love working out with Jessica. Stumbled onto her you tube channel via spark people. Now I purchase her dvd's and never have a dull moment exercising. She has something for every one and every level of fitness. I highly recommend inviting her into your home for daily workouts. Thank you Jessica, you are awesome. Your Mom and Beth too. - 11/4/2015   7:42:23 AM
  • 6
    I'll try this workout since I need better posture sitting at a desk job all day~ - 11/11/2014   11:10:41 PM
  • 5
    This is a workout I really need. I spend a lot of time on the computer or the piano and after all the leaning forward, my posture is terrible. I'll have to modify some of the movements, but the standing exercises are very doable. Thanks, Jessica. I noticed that Peanut thought that was too much activity, and the nap was much more important. - 11/11/2014   10:28:27 AM
  • 4
    I thought this was a pretty good workout, though she says "front arm, back arm" instead of left or right... Can't find a place to track the workout on spark! - 11/10/2014   11:37:41 AM
  • 3
    How timely this is for me to find this workout. I recently completed six weeks of physical therapy for a painful shoulder that was most likely the result of poor posture and not enough proper upper-body strength training. I have been prescribed a few maintenance exercises to do at home, but my therapist said I could do just about anything else that I wanted, as long as I build up gradually, so I was looking for a workout that would give me a good foundation from which to work. This workout will be a very good extension of my p.t. exercises and most of the exercises are very similar to what I did during therapy. Thanks, Jessica. - 11/10/2014   11:33:11 AM
  • 2
    I'm excited for this one! Even though I have pretty good posture already, I feel it can always used improvement. It's so easy to slump while sitting. - 11/10/2014   10:18:28 AM
    Thank you Jessica. It may not be wise for me to join now as I'm unable to properly exercise. I cannot get up from the floor and I use a walker. I can sit in a chair and do some though.

    I thought a new eating program might help most at this point. Do you think so, or do you have to exercise to accomplish weight loss? I will look forward to your reply.

    Jane Bartz, Gillette, Wyoming - 11/10/2014   1:31:49 AM

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