How to Improve Your Posture

Increase your confidence and gain inches by standing straighter.


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You Will Need

  • A mirror
  • Exercise
  • An ergonomically correct work station
  • A car
  • Proper footwear
  • A pruning saw


  1. Step 1

    Look in mirror

    Look in your mirror and assess your posture. Hold your head up and your shoulders straight.

  2. Your ears, shoulders, hips, knees, and ankles should make a straight line.

  3. Step 2

    Train core muscles

    Train and strengthen the core muscles that support your back, stomach, and middle by doing crunches, yoga, or pilates.

  4. Step 3

    Adjust chair

    Adjust your work chair or purchase an ergonomically correct one. Your work station should be at elbow height. Tilt the computer monitor upward to eliminate neck strain.

  5. Sit with your hips as far back in your chair as possible and keep your knees at hip level or lower.

  6. Step 4

    Set rearview mirror

    Set your car’s rearview mirror to a position that forces you to sit up. Each time you look at the mirror, you’ll be reminded to sit straighter.

  7. Step 5

    Avoid stomach sleeping

    Avoid sleeping on your stomach, which strains the back and neck muscles. Sleep on your back with one pillow.

  8. In 2003, a Brazilian fitness instructor broke his own record of consecutive sit-ups when he did 133,986 in 30 hours.