If you want to improve your posture, you need to start by strengthening your core. Here are four easy core exercises that will help you stand a little straighter.

Did you know that if you want to improve your posture you need to work your abdominal muscles? It seems counter-intuitive that the muscles attached to the front of your body would have such an impact on your back, but it’s true. Your core muscles are the center of your body and help not only with your stomach but also wrap around and assist your spine. If you’re looking to improve your posture, the first place you want to focus on is your core. Here are four simple exercises from WebMD that will strengthen your core and, in return, improve your posture.

4 Simple Core Exercises To Improve Your Posture

  1. Single Leg Extension: This move helps stabilize your pelvis; strengthening it will help you keep it aligned with the rest of your body. While on your back bend your knees with your feet flat on the ground and lift your head up slightly. Exhaling slowly, bring one leg as far to your chest as possible while extending the other leg out keeping it about 45-degrees off the floor. Switch legs and repeat the process.
  2. The Curl Up: This exercise works the rectus abdominals, which are in the front of your body, and the obliques, which wrap diagonally around your waist and help you rotate your torso. To perform this exercise, curl your head and shoulders slowly off the floor. Hold, then slowly lower back down
  3. The Crossover: This workout uses all of your core muscles but does focus the most on the obliques. Complete this workout by laying on your back, bringing one knee to your chest while extending your other leg straight and rotating your torso toward the bent knee. Switch legs by bringing the other knee into your chest and rotating your torso toward it while extending the opposite leg.
  4. The Plank: The plank strengthens the obliques and abdominals, as well as your shoulder and back muscles. With your palms and forearms flat on the floor extend your legs behind you until your legs and spine are aligned.. Hold this position as long as possible.

Remember that with any workout you start you should consult your doctor first and listen to your body only going as far as you feel comfortable – never push yourself harder than you can handle. Starting slow and steady, and with consistency, you will see your posture improve as well as your core. Do you have any other advice for improving your posture? Share them with us in the comments below!