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I've always had a problem with "standing up straight". And whenever I did make an effort to do so, I always felt like I was sticking my chest out (how embarrassing!). I finally learned that pushing my shoulders back and down makes my posture better, but doesn't make me feel like I'm strutting like a peacock! So now whenever I feel like I'm "slumping", I just tell myself "Back and Down" and I can immediately set my posture straight.
You know how people double-over and grab their knees when they're out of breath? Instead of doing that, next time try doing the opposite--stand up straight and suck in your stomach, pulling your belly button in toward your spine and breathe normally, expanding and contracting your chest. I find that not only does this help me catch my breath, it improves my posture and strengthens my abs all at the same time!
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