Let's test something out: if you're slouched over a computer or phone right now, mindfully sit up straight. You should immediately feel your core activating — proof that a strong center plays a significant role in overall good posture.
Exercises that strengthen deep core muscles (like the transverse abdominis, the multifidus, the diaphragm, and the pelvic floor) have a direct correlation to developing good posture, says Timothy Lyman, ACE-certified personal trainer and director of training programs at Fleet Feet Pittsburgh.
These integral muscles not only work to stabilize the spine, but they're involved in almost every single movement the body makes. That explains why bad posture can equate to everyday back and muscle aches, spine abnormalities, and joint deterioration.
We've asked Lyman to walk us through his favorite core-strengthening moves for anyone looking for relief from pain or wanting to break their hunching habit. With approval from your doctor, you can easily execute these good posture exercises at home or in the gym.