There are good reasons why Mom nagged us to sit up straight. Good posture makes us look younger, more confident and gives an impression of overall vitality. Improving posture also can help to reduce back, joint and shoulder pain and alleviate nerve compression and other negative effects of allowing the head to pitch forward, the shoulders to round and the spine to slouch.
The simple exercises below will target the muscles you use most in improving and maintaining good posture. When they are done regularly, sitting or standing up straight will take less effort.
If you experience pain or discomfort, stop the exercise and consult your physician.