Three Simple Tips To Improve Your Posture

We all know that posture is important.

Not only does good posture reduce fatigue over the course of the day, it also makes you a better man (and maybe a better woman too).

You’ve probably tried to improve your posture before by forcing yourself to hold your body in a way that it naturally fights against. In the video below, I’ll explain a bit about why your body fights back and how to begin removing those impediments to healthy posture.


Can Stretching Improve Your Posture?

So there are two sides (literally) to the (figurative) postural coin.

  1. Strengthening the weak muscles that aren’t holding you up correctly, and
  2. Releasing the tight muscles that want to hold you improperly.

You can build strength in your weaker areas by focusing on performing movements with care and control. Doing exercises with good form is us usually the best way to build strength for good posture.

In Focused Flexibility, we’re going to get into the specifics of how to teach your body to relax into better posture, but here are some tips you can use now:

Three Simple Tips To Improve Your Posture Right Away

  1. Find the middle position between an extreme military style posture and one where you are slumped so much you could fall over.
  2. Set a timer/alarm (there are even some apps that do this) to remind you to check on your posture every hour while you work.
  3. Most postural issues involve muscle tightness, common areas include the front of the shoulders and chest and hips, and the back of the neck down to the shoulders. Spend some time improving the flexibility in these spots and you’ll find it easier to rest in better posture.
Here’s a tutorial on one of our favorite exercises for releasing shoulder tension common to most people who work at a desk all day.

How to Improve Posture Permanently

The most important thing for long lasting improvement in posture is increasing your awareness of your body positions and your flexibility in your most commonly tight areas.

Any good training program will develop that body awareness if you do the exercises with proper form.

A good flexibility program will be fast and focused on your problem areas, and also easy to do so you’ll maintain your improvements everyday. And that’s the exact premise behind how we’ve structured Focused Flexibility.


How’s your posture?

Leave a comment below and tell us about it. Also let us know if you have any questions about how flexibility affects posture.

We’ll make sure to get you answered.

Jarlo Ilano

GMB Content Manager - Jarlo is our resident Physical Therapist, Board Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist, and martial arts instructor. He writes articles and manuals and keeps us clear of any BS.

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  • Jose Norman Lo

    nice introductory video clip on posture. mighty proudest of you, jarlo. will keep myself posted on your GMB Posse. all the best! keep soaring! sharing this clip on my facebook wall. warmest regards. take care always. send my love and hugs to the your gent twins.

    • Jarlo

      Thank you for your support!

  • Steven Gooderham

    It can’t come soon enough. Really looking forward to it!!

  • Timothy James

    Can’t wait…. This is what i’ve always needed.

  • Tzvi Doron

    When will this product be available?

    • Andy

      Well announce that very soon.

  • Torsten Nielsen

    Seems to me, that Jarlo is slouching a bit in the video ;-) Unfortunately as someone, who has spend most of the day for the better part of my life in a chair, I tend to slouch myself. I think primarily yoga has raised my awareness of this and working on flexibility makes it easier to maintain a better posture. Back-bends is my weak point, and there is little doubt, that improving my posture (and manliness) is going to help. Thanks for the reminder – I’m sitting tall and at attention now.

    • Andy

      Yeah, we all had a laugh about Jarlo’s slouch.

      • Jarlo

        It was a long day! Ha!

  • Bennett

    According to Esther Gokhale, I have awful posture, since I don’t look like someone jammed a ramrod down my neck and let it come out just above the curve of my tailbone. But I find a lot of the “correct postures” make me feel like I’m straining and clenching into an unnatural shape, or else look like Captain Picard standing on the bridge. Not that Captain Picard doesn’t look authoritative, but “comfortable” ain’t really in that starch.

    I kinda like to think of Cole, from inFamous (of all the things). He stands around in almost a hollow body posture, slightly crouched. Good posture? Not according to the diagrams. But he’s ready to move.

    Why is it that resources on posture never seem to take into account the need to adopt a different stance according to what you’re doing, or your anatomy? I somehow just don’t think there’s one perfect position that we ought to hold autonomous of who we are, where we are, or what we’re doing.

    This idea of eliminating redundant muscle tensions and strengthening the relevant support groups seems much more sensible and broadly reliable.

    • Jarlo

      “More sensible and broadly reliable”. I like it, we should make that one of GMB’s taglines!

      • Bennett

        It’s true! I’ve started doing Long Fist kung fu, and found that I was already ahead of the curve on the recommended stretches, just from having GMB’s Prasara Primer and the post-workout stretches in the 1-Levels.

        And in a lot of programs like the former, they just show you the stretch, and explain briefly what it works, but Jarlo really took it apart, offers progressions for the not-so-rubbery, and makes it accessible.

        I don’t think I’d ever have had the stones to try that full side bend pancake without a way to break it down and build it up.

        It’s amazing how helpful it is to: A) Know what I’m doing and why I’m doing it, and B) Know that *you* know what you’re doing.

        • Jarlo

          Thanks Bennett, that’s nice of you to say.

  • Sean Richard

    I was born with mild scoliosis and because it was found out at a young age it was prevented from getting worse but to this day I still have a 1/2 inch or so curve at the top of my spine and fine it hurts to stand fully straight for any amount of time. Will the posture part of the program help those born with posture issues or in that beyone the scope of this program

    • Andy

      Hey Sean, Focused Flexibility is a flexibility program – not a posture-improvement program. What I mean is that the section on posture is still based 100% around increasing flexibility.

      To the extent that muscle tightness is a factor for you, this will help. But these exercises can’t change your bone structure (to the best of my knowledge). What they can do is help release adaptive tension you’ve developed that contributes to putting you in a painful position.

  • Neil Keleher

    I’d suggest that one way to find the best posture for whatever you are doing is develop your ability to feel your body. But then you might say “I don’t know how.”

    Rather than holding a good posture for five minutes at a time, try moving in and out of “good posture” using your breath.

    You can practice sitting up tall using your inhales then relax while exhaling.

    If you do these actions smoothly you can learn to feel your body and also learn to feel when your posture is just right. At the same time you increase mobility of ribcage and neck while at the same time training your postural muscles. And it can also feel good.

    One of the simplest posture exercises is to focus on pulling your head back and up (chin in) so that the back of your neck feels long. This same action will probably cause your chest to open and the top half of your thoracic spine to straighten. And because of this it can naturally cause you to inhale.

    Then when you let your head fall forwards you chest can relax and you’ll cause an exhale.

    While in the long term this might not be an ideal breathing action, it can help you learn to feel your body and control it and work towards being able to “hold” good posture.

    So that you get a better feel for your body and better control do both actions slowly and smoothly and focus feeling your neck and chest as you do so.

    • Jarlo

      Thank you for your contribution, Neil!

    • Torsten Nielsen

      Interesting. Will try it out.

  • Terry Huffman

    I’ve read Jarlo for a few years now in another venue as well as here.He seems to be a man of few words but someone with a lot of experience and knowledge. I am definitely interested in his offering on this topic.

    • Jarlo

      Terry, I hope we continue to offer you useful information.