Easy Ways to Instantly Improve Your Posture

Watching Miley Cyus on the red carpet always makes us a little nervous. You never know whether her and Billy Ray will jump into a choreographed pole dancing routine or if her mother and her will be wearing matching, inappropriate mini skirts. Though (thankfully) neither was the case at the 2010 Academy Awards Miley did forget to bring one thing with her to the red carpet - her posture.

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Holy slouching, the poor girl could not stand up straight to save her life. She was wearing a beautiful dress, with some mega-lashes, but all we could focus on was her hunchback stance and slouching shoulders. We wish Miley had read up on some of these instant posture fixes before hitting the carpet. Her loss is our gain though, and if you have a big event coming up where the Facebook tags will be popping up a plenty, try one of these so you don't have to spend your Sunday afternoon untagging yourself:

While standing...

  • Imagine a straight line along the side of your body from your ear through your shoulder, hip, and knee down to the middle of your ankle.
  • Pretend you have a string pulling just your head up to the ceiling; keep your shoulders pushed back and down.
  • Tuck in your stomach and pelvis.
  • Let your hands hang behind the side seams on your pants.
  • Distribute your weight evenly along the full length of both of your feet.
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While sitting...

  • Place your feet flat on the ground with your hips, knees, and ankles creating 90-degree angles. If your legs are short, don't let your feet dangle - use a footrest instead.
  • Sit deep - there should be no gap between your tush and back of the chair. Make sure there are about two inches between the front edge of the seat and the backs of your knees.
  • Support your lower back with a small pillow or a small, soft inflatable ball.
  • Keep space between your ears and your shoulders by pulling your shoulders back and down.
  • Hold your chin in line with your chest - don't jut it forward.

What are your tips to improve your posture? Tell us in the comments below.

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