Training: Prevent a Hunch
Nothing says wizened old man like slumped shoulders, and the look can come on sooner than you think. “You’re bent over all day — at your desk, in the car, at the dinner table — and the more you hunch, the tighter your chest and weaker your upper back become, which pulls you even more into that position,” says Chris Matsui, fitness director at Fusion Performance Training in New York. To restore posture, you have to strengthen the upper back, says Matsui. Try wall slides, which can be done anywhere: Stand against a wall, arms in goal-post position; slide arms upward, maintaining full contact with the wall, until arms are straight overhead. Do three sets of 15 reps a few times a week.
A posture corrector may help, too. This one is discreet enough to wear to work.Back to top