How many times has your mother told you to push your shoulders back and stand up straight? Too many to count? Well, turns out she was onto something.
Headaches, neck pain and back pain can be lessened when the body maintains a good upright position.
WebMD says the best way to improve your posture is to focus on exercises that strengthen your core — the abdominal and low back muscles that connect to your spine and pelvis.
Here are some they suggest:
Core Stabilizer: Single Leg Extension
This is good for you because it trains your core muscles to work together to stabilize your pelvis.
The New Crunch
Also called a “curl-up,” this exercise works the rectus abdominis (the six-pack muscle) and obliques (which run diagonally around your waist and rotate your torso).
This exercise works all the core muscles, focusing on the obliques.
Cobra Pose: Back Extension
This move strengthens the erector spinae (the back muscles that extend your spine and prevent slouching) and other low back muscles.
This exercise strengthens the obliques and transverse abdominis, as well as your shoulder and back muscles.
You can find detailed directions for each of these exercises and a few more by visiting this site.