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Ways to Check and Improve Your Posture

Hey Miley, Stand Up Straight!

Did you catch Miley Cyrus on the red carpet during this year's Oscars? Her gorgeous Jenny Packham gown was overshadowed by her hunched-over posture. She was joined by repeat slouching offender Kristen Stewart, who stood slightly taller than usual on the red carpet. Besides not looking so hot, slouching can erase all of the hard work you've done at the gym and affect future workouts.

Here, a few tips on checking and improving your posture:

  • Did you know standing just a little bit taller can make you look 10 pounds lighter? That's right, it's that simple. To instantly drop the pounds, try this posture checklist.
  • Consider trying a Pilates class, even just once. Pilates focuses on your all-important core and encourages great posture by engaging your deep ab muscles and keeping your spine neutral.
  • Perform a quick posture check during the day. Get into the habit of checking your posture each time you do a repetitive activity like going to the ATM, standing in line for your morning coffee, or waiting for a traffic light to turn green.
  • Bad posture can even cause back pain. If you don't notice an improvement simply sitting and standing a little bit straighter, try the Alexander Technique, which teaches basic body mechanics while improving posture.

Not only will improved posture make you look taller and thinner, it'll help your running and walking workouts

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starbucks2 starbucks2 5 years
i too think it has to do with her dress, I realized I was slouching all the time when I was out in a strapless dress the other night.
sashira sashira 5 years
I have to go to physio due to my poor posture from when I was her age. Stand straight!
gmarti5 gmarti5 5 years
Ugh I have terrible posture too! My parents always told me to "throw my shoulders back" when I was a kid, but who even knows what that means when you're a kid?? Pilates and yoga make me feel better for a short time, but right after that I'm back to slouching. I'm worried it's a permanent thing : ( http://bmorehealthybabes.wordpress.com/
gd101 gd101 5 years
its my dad that tells me this "Stand up straight" thanks for the tips! :)
weffie weffie 5 years
Meh, at least she's not posing like this! http://bit.ly/aV1xtJ
J-Rabbit J-Rabbit 5 years
no slouching...ok, mom.
Faylinn Faylinn 5 years
I think she's slouching because if she stood up straight we'd get a full view of her breasts. After all, the bodice is so damn tight.
mamasitamalita mamasitamalita 5 years
omg I had an Oscar party and we ALL said that!! stand up straight!!!!!!! and then I realized that I had, in fact, become my mother.
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