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Opening up my chest and shoulders

I've been doing kung fu and tai chi for 3.5 years to date which has helped my posture. I can straighten out my back when I stand, but I still collapse my shoulders forwards when I stand because it's ...
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2answers
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Is it a good idea to use an exercise ball as a chair?

Does using an exercise ball help strengthen your core and back muscles? Are there any concerns or downside with using a body exercise ball as a chair?
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3answers
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What is a good early morning stretch routine?

I'm 45 and play squash once or twice a week in the evenings. I am an early riser, but have never been an early morning exerciser. I do enjoy early morning meditation, though. I am finding that I am ...
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3answers
4k views

What exercises can I do to reverse a 'hunch'

I had been a avid weight lifter and runner for a number of years, but I slacked off for a few (4) years and have gotten to be in pretty rough shape. I've also noticed that I've developed something of ...
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2answers
9k views

Proper way to stretch the pectoral muscles

What is the best way to do pectoral stretches? A specialist recommended that besides avoiding bench presses and strengthening my back, I should stretch my pectoral muscles as often as possible, as ...
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3answers
4k views

Deadlifts and squats with hyperlordosis?

Im 22 years old, 170cm, ~90kh weight, starting some efforts to get in shape. Im going to the gym 3 times a week, trying to stay in a 6-10 rep per set range, changed my diet to low-carb, trying to put ...
10
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3answers
324 views

What happens to people who are sitting 8-10h per day?

I'm a 20 year old girl and I'm an employed programmer. My job consists of so-called "coding" all day long. I don't want to say that I don't get off of the computer at all, but the time I spend doing ...
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4answers
1k views

What are exercises for better posture and flexibility?

I know it's a big question but i'm a guy who tend to sit all day long on a chair, sometimes without a great posture, arching my back and not sitting straight. I want to know if there's a key exercise ...
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2answers
878 views

How to retain a proper posture when sitting, standing, walking?

How do people retain a proper posture when when sitting, standing, and walking? Here I am referring to a posture that is not overly stiff (like with high, tense, shoulders), but also not slouching. ...
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1answer
4k views

Stretching/posture/exercise for separating vertebrae in spine?

what is the best exercise/stretching/posture that will separate the vertebrae of the spine? I want to do this because I read that separating the vertebrae will allow the compressed intervertebral ...
5
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2answers
262 views

Outdoing years of bad habits and getting into shape

I'm 23 years old (150 lbs, 5'-7") and in pretty bad physical shape. I've been smoking/drinking for the past 7 years and also been living a very sedentary lifestyle. I spend about 8 hours on the ...
4
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2answers
951 views

Back and neck problems from sitting in front of a computer

I am a computer programmer who spends more than 8-10 hours a day at the desk. I want to know which is the appropriate kind or design of the chair that a computer programmer must use, and what types of ...
6
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2answers
378 views

Fitness plan for an achieving high school freshman

About myself: I am a high school freshman and in the past months it has dawned on me that exercise is way to important to ignore as I did for the ~8 months prior when I was struggling with anxiety ...
5
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2answers
1k views

Should I be building strength if I have very tense back/shoulder muscles?

I have very tense muscles in my back (mainly my traps) and I am having trouble relaxing them. Physios have told me that my lower traps and rhomboids are weak and I should be trying to strengthen ...
5
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2answers
228 views

Importance of flexibility

First, some context: I'm a 32 years old developer who spends most of the day sit, go to swimming classes once a week, and does weightlifting (at home) whenever it finds time, now moving from ...

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