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I have extremely bad posture, what can I do?

I work 9 till 5 on my pc, then I go home, use my pc, then play a game or two. My problem is I'm always sitting in my chair and my posture is starting to get really bad! People say "just sit up ...
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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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How effective are standing desks?

How effective at improving flexibility/posture/fitness/general health is using a standing desk instead of a sitting desk?
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Should I get rid of my office chair ?

Do a quick google search on "8 hours a day" and you'll find search results that pretty much say that sitting is literally going to kill you. The desk we have at work are adjustable to different ...
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Skinny but flabby, what to do?

I appear skinny but anyone who's seen me without a shirt knows the truth! My chest, arms, and legs all look healthy (as far as I'm concerned) but my stomach is this fatty mess. It's not that I don't ...
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What is the correct posture to support my weight with my arms while biking?

When biking I find it natural to maintain my posture by keeping my arms straight and loading my weight on the handles. This has worked okay for me, until I need to get a hand off the handles to (e.g.) ...
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Proper ergonomics for a standing desk?

I am considering having one of my desks raised to standing height. There are detailed OSHA guidelines for example Are there similarly standard guidelines for how to set up a standing office work ...
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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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Starting morning routine for unfit person

I'm not fit. I'm in my early 30s. I struggle to do 10 push-ups, crunches/sit-ups hurt my back, and I can't jog more than 5 minutes without feeling exhausted. I'm not too fat, just crossing the '...
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How do I determine what size exercise ball I should use as a desk chair?

I'm 6' tall with long limbs and currently slouch way to much while coding all day at my desk. I can't switch to a standing desk very easily so I would like to try sitting on an exercise ball. What ...
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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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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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How to correct bad sleep posture

I usually sleep on my sides. I do not feel comfortable on my back, plus I snore in that position. However, sometimes when laying on the side I end up putting a hand under my cheek (palm on the cheek). ...
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Which mimimum set of resistance exercises should I do every day to offset the effects of sitting at work?

I am looking for a simple resistance training program that will offset the adverse effects of sitting on my muscles and posture. Taking a look at this figure: I see that I must strengthen the glutes ...
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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 ...
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How many times a week should I deadlift and squat as a beginner?

I am a 32 year old guy. I haven't done deadlifts or squats before, but occasionally did workouts on individual muscle groups, and running. I am looking forward to building strength, gaining muscle ...
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Purpose of rectus abdominis training

It looks like the rectus abdominis plays a role in posture and contributes a bit towards increasing intra-abdominal pressure (IAP). Also, it is used for trunk/lumbar flexion as well. However, what ...
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Is crossing your legs bad for your posture? [closed]

I suppose that this question may break down into whether it's bad when you're working at a computer and whether it's bad when you're relaxing (and more likely to be leaning back). My impression based ...
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How to shorten the abs to keep belly in?

I'm 37, with an average body type (not skinny, not fat), but my belly requires constant attention not to pop out like a beer addict. It's not fat and it doesn't feel bloated... it simply seems like my ...
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Is cycling good or bad for lumbar hyperlordosis?

From Wikipedia about Lumbar hyperlordosis: Commonly known as swayback, it is common in dancers. Imbalances in muscle strength and length are also a cause, such as weak hamstrings, or tight hip ...
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How to lie down on your back properly during Yoga?

If you know about Yoga, then you know we have to lie on our back during Uttanpadasana (Raised Foot Pose). I do this comfortably. But I'm doubtful if I'm lying down properly or not. How I lie is in ...
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Do we use large or small muscles when keeping our knees unlocked?

Part of my fitness routine involves standing for 20 minutes with the knees ever so slightly unlocked. The goal of this routine, theoretically, is to build up the so called "postural" muscles, which ...
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Can chiropractor really fix lateral pelvic tilt? [closed]

I have a lateral pelvic tilt (left hip up, right down, upper body turned toward the right side, left shoulder seems down) I had this issue recently (I'm grown up with symetric pelvis) because (im not ...
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What is a good (indoors) exercise regiment for a computer scientist? [duplicate]

I'm starting an exercise regiment to help combat the negative effects of my lifestyle - specifically, hours upon hours of necessary sitting at a computer desk reading and typing away at text for hours ...
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What should be the volume and intensity of a posture workout program?

I am exercising to obtain a better upper back posture. Hence, I started doing upper back exercises as shown here. But the thing is, I am not sure how the intensity and volume of these exercises should ...
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Should maintaining neutral sitting posture be tiring for someone trying to fix anterior pelvic tilt?

I have a significant anterior pelvic tilt, which is problematic because it has resulted in lower backpain. I've decided to fix this problem by doing the necessary exercises and maintain a good ...
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How to cope stretching with weightlifting in order to improve posture

I have some minor postural problems, Kyphosis a Lordosis, I do not experience any pain from it, it is very minor, but gives a slouch look. I've read that some stretching exercises may help to ...
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What activities are good for your posture?

I'm looking for fitness related hobbies that are good to counteract a typical rounded-shoulder / desk posture. I spend a lot of time at a desk (even more so since the lockdown started) and it causes ...
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Wide-grip pull ups or bent over rows for correcting computer posture?

I would like to use one of these exercises to help strengthen my back, in conjunction with stretches in my chest and shoulders to help correct my rolled forward shoulders ('computer posture'). Of ...
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Most efficient way to stand?

A question out of curiosity. What's the best way to stand in one place for a long time, say an hour? "Best" in terms of energy consumption; but mainly ankles, knees and muscle fatigue. Stand evenly on ...
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Good Standing Posture Without Thinking About It

When I am standing or walking, and thinking about something other than my posture, I exhibit a bit of lumbar hyperlordosis, a fair amount of thoracic kyphosis and a bit of forward head (both my ...
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Abdominal breathing vs proper posture

I am having trouble "reconciling" having a proper posture while doing abdominal breathing. If I understand correctly, proper posture should involve pulling the abdomen in, among other things, while ...
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Is it better to engage or relax your “core” during long distance running?

I'm currently in marathon training mode and trying to improve my running form and speed in a number of ways. Mostly by trial and error. At the moment, I'm running between 5 and 14km in training ...
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Free materials and books about good posture / spinal cord anatomy

What are the best free materials to start studying about good posture and spinal cord anatomy ? The overall muscle and tissue physiology books will also do. Background: I'm doing different exercises (...
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How can I tell the difference between bad ergonomics and weak muscles?

I'm 50 and I've always struggled with bad posture, although I've never really had any negative symptoms other than looking bad. But I know that posture and core strength are supposed to be important ...
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Do I need to squeeze my back when I am doing overhead(military) shoulder press?

I love overhead(military) shoulder press that activates my shoulder. But I've found a problem: If I don't squeeze my back when doing overhead(military) shoulder press, my left shoulder kind of ...
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Movement for Good Morning vs. RDL

I'm rehabbing a pulled hamstring, so I'm doing weight lifting for the first time, on the instructions of the physio. She has me doing both "Good Mornings" and "Romanian Deadlifts". It seems like the ...
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Prolonged sitting is bad; so is prolonged standing. But what about regularly shifting between the two?

Prolonged sitting is bad, the same goes for standing. Okay, how about regularly shifting between the two by some given intervals, is that still bad?
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Flexibility exercises for better posture

Sorry guys, I know most of you know flexibility as the ability to flex, but in this thread I want to have answers regarding the other, less popular type. There are tons of exercises that will ...
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How can I diagnose my running and postural issues?

Introduction: I run a 1.8 mile loop around my neighborhood every morning before class or work. A few years ago, I got sciatica and missed the entire school soccer season. The pain was on my right ...
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Sitting on the floor instead of in a chair

I work on the floor, with my back against a couch. I have a computer in front of me on a coffee table. Whilst working on the floor I will do things like the splits, and various other yoga-like ...
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Do lat pulldowns / pullups help to improve posture?

If you have rounded shoulders / a scapular anterior tilt... will doing things like pull-ups/downs help to fix it? I've read mixed opinions on this topic so it's hard to know what to believe. Some ...
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Length of sit vs. stand at adjustable desk?

Are there any general guidelines (not hard rules), on how long you should sit vs. stand at an adjustable desk? Especially as you begin to adjust to one. This is in part following up on the answer to ...
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Taping the back for good posture [closed]

Is it true that simple duct tape can be used to correct bad posture? If so can someone suggest how to do this and is there something better than duct tape (something water proof, for instance) ...
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Exercises to correct bad shoulder posture

My shoulder posture is somehow incorrect. My shoulders and neck are leaned forward and scapulae are pointing out. I think that the shoulders are also a little rotated forward. I think some of my ...
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How can I fix my 'computer body'?

I have spent so many years at the computer. I work out and run so I am toned. Weights once a week (deadlift, squats, just started shrugs). I run 1-3 times a week, 3 miles. Three times a week I do ...
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As a novice/intermediate, how to change to a bodybuilding routine while incorporating these two main goals

A bit of historic and personal info: I'm 24yo, have 5'9 (1,75m) and 213lbs (97kg), more or less 22%BF. I've begin to weight training in my 15, but never got it serious. Trained for one year, stooped ...
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What sports / hobbies would strengthen the lower traps?

I've had a number of physio appointments for my winging scapular, and have mostly been given exercises for my lower traps and serratus anterior. I've now been told I'm okay to self-manage. The ...
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Workout to fix kyphosis/neck

This has been loosely answered before, but when I look this up online, I get a mix between exercises made for a 70 year old senior to improve shoulder mobility, and other articles that have a big ...
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Getting more elastic

I think that my spine is not as straight as it should be and also when I bend forward I cannot touch my toes, as far as I can reach is only just below my knees. I want to start going to the gym to get ...