Too many Americans these days are in a slump. And we’re not talking about the economy—we’re talking posture. Long hours spent in front of computers mean more of us are developing rounded shoulders that not only lead to chronic back and neck pain, but also make us look older. Needless to say, this is a combination few would be thrilled by. Rounded shoulders happen when chest muscles are too tight and back muscles are too weak. Doing these two simple exercises three times a week will help you straighten up and look younger. They can be done almost anywhere, and you may see changes within a few weeks.
Stretch it out
Stand in front of an open door and place your hands and elbows on the doorframe—you’ll make a “U” with your arms. Keeping your chest and torso straight, lean forward until you feel the stretch across your chest. Hold for 30 seconds. Relax, move your arms up a couple of inches, then repeat once or twice until you feel loosened up.
Build it up
You’ll need a resistance tube for this exercise. Start by standing with your feet shoulder-width apart. Wrap the ends of the tube around your hands. Put your arms straight out in front of you, then stretch them out to your side. Feel your shoulder blades squeeze together, then slowly return your arms to their original position. Repeat 10 times.