You used to get annoyed when your mom yanked your shoulders or kept nagging you on straightening it, but now, you're actually thankful that she reminded you every day (or every minute) that you should practice sitting or standing up right. Having a good posture is said to have some benefits–n
ot only does it make you look better, it also makes you feel better. Spending hours sitting in front of a computer or doing field work is bound to take its toll on you and may even cause back and neck pains. (Ouch!)

If you're not one of those women who had to hear a thing or two about their posture from their moms, don't worry. It's not too late for you yet. You can still improve your posture by following these tips:

1. Spend a few minutes stretching every morning.
A good stretch to start your day goes a long way. Stretching reduces muscle tension, increases flexibility, and enhances muscle coordination.  

2. Do core strengthening exercises.
According to WebMD, the best way to improve your posture is to focus on a strong core (the abdominal and low back muscles that connect to your spine and pelvis). Try doing leg extensions and crunches during your free time.

3. Avoid slouching at all times. Straighten your back while walking or sitting down. 
Make a conscious effort to take note of the way you sit and walk. Keep your shoulders back and imagine there’s a piece of string holding your head up. 

For more ways to improve your posture, head over to cosmo.ph

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