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Exercises to Improve Your Posture

Stand Taller, Look 10 Pounds Thinner

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Keep in mind that poor posture doesn't happen overnight, and there is no magic bullet to fix it other than consistently following these strength and flexibility exercises. To speed up the process, consider making adjustments in your daily routine. Rearrange your workspace and adjust your car seat so that you sit upright; upgrade to a firmer mattress to support your back; and do your best to stand and sit tall with your head high and your shoulders pulled down and back each day. In addition, women should wear high-heeled shoes sparingly to reduce tightness in the calves and switch sides of the body when carrying heavy purses.

As your posture improves, you will look younger and thinner and appear more confident. You'll also feel better, prevent back pain and improve athletic performance. So why wait for postural problems to get worse? Start incorporating these simple exercises and stretches into your workouts and workdays to start seeing results!


Selected Sources
American Council on Exercise (ACE). 2003. Personal Trainer Manual: The Ultimate Resource for Fitness Professionals. 3rd ed. ACE: San Diego, CA.

McGill, S. 2004. Ultimate Back Fitness and Performance. Wabuno Publishers: Waterloo, Ont.

National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM). 2004. Optimum Performance Training for the Health and Fitness Professional. NASM: Calabasas, CA.
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Glenn is an ACE-certified personal trainer who motivates clients to perform their best, both physically and mentally. He earned his doctorate in health psychology and is the owner of Fitness Motive, a wellness consulting company located in Cincinnati. Glenn also works as an adjunct university instructor at the University of Cincinnati. He enjoys the outdoors, reading, and has developed an affinity for the taste of dark chocolate.

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