How to protect your posture in 3 weeks

Slouching has become our default posture—but it's a prequel to long-term back, shoulder, and neck issues. Good posture, on the other hand, has the power to help you avoid these pain problems, as well as improve your digestions, reduce stress, and even gain a shot of confidence. Our guide will have you better aligned in no time—just follow along and implement as many moves as you can on a daily basis.

Week 1:  Reposition - Good posture may feel awkward at first if you've trained your body to slump. Take a few moments every day to learn how correct posture feels.

  • Stand taller: Evenly distribute your weight between both legs, with your feet parallel under hips and shoulder blades pressing down and back. Engage your glutes and core so your pelvis is stable beneath your ribs but not tucked under.
  • Sit smarter: Keep your earlobes above shoulders and shoulders above hips; allow a slight curve in the lumbar spine. Your feet should be flat on the floor and lower back against the chair (add a rolled-up towel if your back doesn't touch).
  • Sleep straighter: Try to fall asleep on your side or back to help your spine stay more neutral.

Week 2: Tweak your routine - Everyday habits make maintaining good posture much trickier.  Do this instead: 

  • Bag it better: Heavy handbag? Change the shoulder you're carrying it on every 10 minutes.
  • Ditch text neck: Keep your shoulders back and head lifted when checking your phone by holding it closer to eye level.
  • Stay down-to-earth: If stilettos put strain on your lower back, wear them for two-hour periods and take sitting breaks.

Week 3: Build strength - Do each of these moves daily to improve your muscle memory and overall alignment.

  • Shoulder stack: Every 30 minutes, bring your shoulder blades down, then back. Hold for two to three seconds. Repeat five times.
  • Pillow pose: Lie face down on the floor and place a firm pillow under your abdomen. Take slow, deep breaths into the pillow for a few minutes.
  • Proper squat: Stand tall, feet slightly wider than hip-width, then lower into a squat. Extend your arms overhead, palms turned slightly backward to engage your upper back. Do as many 30- to 60-second squats as you can. Do not allow your spine to round or bend.