Ask our feel younger expert: Can I improve my posture with exercise?

Ask our feel younger expert: Can I improve my posture with exercise?
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Julie says: Sometimes feeling stressed or the way you sleep can cause muscle tension leading to a stiff neck and shoulders, but do rule out any joint conditions with your GP before exercising.

Every day do some gentle stretching to improve your mobility, do these slowly, with control and stop if it’s painful:

Sit upright and tilt your head to the side (ear towards shoulder), hold a few seconds, return to neutral and repeat on the other side.

Simply turn your head to the side as if you were looking slightly over your shoulder, hold and return before repeating on the other side.

Lift your shoulders up towards your ears and hold for 10 seconds, then lower slowly.

Release tension by circling your shoulders round and back slowly 5 times.

Try this chest stretch to improve your posture. Sit tall without leaning on the back of your chair.

Take your arms backward and hold onto the chair with both hands behind you - imagine you’re trying to squeeze a grapefruit between your shoulder blades, hold for 10 seconds then release.

Don’t arch your back and remember to breathe normally throughout the stretch.

Julie Robinson is a specialist fitness instructor with a range of DVDs available at www.moveitorloseit.co.uk 0800 612 0450
Send your fitness questions to Julie via email at yours@bauermedia.co.uk