Here's How to Improve Your Posture, According to Experts
You might think good posture should look something like a puffed-up, cartoon soldier: chest forward, chin up, and back swayed. But actual good posture should look much more natural and neutral than that—and be something we all know how to do without even thinking about it (which, sadly, is not often the case). The good news is that posture is something you can work to improve.
"Good posture is when all of the structures, joints, muscles, and connective tissues allow for optimal range of motion with no restriction of movement," explains Pete McCall, NASM-CPT, PES, Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), and Voltaren spokesperson. What is correct posture when at rest (sitting or standing) supposed to look like? It involves stacking everything up nicely: "Ideal posture is [having your] spine straight, neck straight (not leaning forward), shoulders level over your hips, a relatively level pelvis, and neutral knees (not collapsing in or splayed out)," McCall says.
If you want to work on improving your posture, experts weigh in below on how to do just that, as well as decrease pain, feel more alert, and even sleep better.