Straighten Up

Tuesday, June 07, 2011 • Chicago, IL 60657

Good posture makes you act more confidnet, a study from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois found. Try these easy antislouch strategies.

 

Step 1: Spot-check your stance every hour or so. Sit up tal, as if you had a book on your head, and pull in your belly button one inch toward your spine. Open your chest and imagine you're squeezing something between your shoulder blades. (Clients: this should sound familiar)

 

Step 2: Build your mid-back muscles. Weak back muscles, such as the rhomboids, which keep shoulder blades in place, are the main cuase of nunching. Get strong and sexy back muscles with this move: Lie facedown on a mat with your arms by your sides. Squeeze your shoulder blades together, lift your chest and arms off teh floor and hold for two seconds. Do three sets of 10 reps. 

 

Step 3: Adjust your seat. Sit on a stability ball to encourage a straighter spine when at your desk. Or try the Seat Solution Deluxe Orthopedic Seat Cushion, which positions your tush so you're forced to sit back rather than hunch forward.