The Path to Good Posture: Easy Stretches to Align Your Spine

Martha Stewart
by Kate Rockwood

If you’re bending forward to read this, look up. Shift your head back in line with your shoulders, gently lower your ribs, and breathe. See? Good posture doesn’t just make you look better; it makes your whole body feel better. That’s because when your head, neck, and spine are properly positioned, the joints and muscles that support them aren’t strained, which translates into fewer body pains, headaches, and injuries -- and more energy and ease of motion. Spend a couple of minutes each day doing these gentle exercises to stretch the tight muscles that tempt you to slouch, and tweak your surroundings to help you hold your head high. Before long, your body will fall in line naturally, and you’ll be floating through life.

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