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Top 10 Ways to Fix Your Terrible Posture

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Top 10 Ways to Fix Your Terrible Posture
Good posture isn't just about looks. How we sit, stand, and walk affect both our health and our moods. So stop slouching and get centered with these top 10 posture tips. This isn't an option for everyone, since it involves investing in an expensive video game system, but if you have the Nintendo Wii or Wii U, I highly recommend the Wii Fit.

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Get the Wii Fit

... to play games that require balancing and movement. 

Playing any games while standing up is also an alternative, as sitting all day is bad for us.

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Test Your Posture

Test your back and neck posture against a wall or check proper posture illustrations to find any areas you need to work on when standing. 

Be more aware of your feet when you’re standing and adjust your weight so it’s distributed evenly across both feet.

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Core Strengthening Exercises

Do pilates and other core strengthening exercises to help you stand taller and maintain a proper posture. 

Yoga also does that and emphasizes body awareness and balance.

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Sit at a 135 Degree Angle

... and adjust your workspace accordingly to put less strain on your spine. Ensure you’ve got a chair that supports your back and is ergonomic for your workspace.

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Adjust Your Posture in Every Situation

Besides your desk, rearview mirror, kitchen counters, pillows and mattresses are also things that influence your posture and need to be kept in mind.

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Learn to Breathe Properly

... and more effectively, using your diaphragm. Also try breathing exercises that focus on lengthening your spine and engaging your waist muscles and lower core muscles.

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Use Apps to Improve Your Posture

Remembering to stand and sit properly is hard work, so thankfully there are apps to help us out.

Use apps that warn you when you’re slouching. 

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Hold Your Phone and Tablet Properly

Hold your devices properly, straight in front of you or prop it up perpendicular to the table, so you won’t be constantly craning your neck down to stare at them.

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Fix Your Workstation

Find the ideal desk height and keep your feet flat on the floor when sitting (the right seat height is level with your knees).

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Do Posture-Correcting Exercises

... to train your body to be in the proper position, with the least amount of strain possible on your supporting muscles. But so a doctor if you have serious posture issues or pain.

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