Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google+ Share on Reddit Share on Pinterest Share on Linkedin Share on Tumblr The overwhelming majority of people over the age of 25 are dealing with a significant amount of back pain, aches, and other issues that are predominantly stemming from poor posture. Most of us spend our days sitting in a chair for between eight and 12 hours a day (and that’s just at work), and then we spend plenty of time crashed out on the couch, sitting in the car during traffic, and propping ourselves up in bed to catch some TV before we fall asleep. Our sedentary lifestyles are crippling us without us even realizing it, and without really focusing on our posture there is next to no way we’re going to be able to eliminate these aches and pains from our lives without some serious medical intervention. Thankfully, you’ll be able to completely transform your life for the better just by taking advantage of these five super simple ways to improve your posture almost overnight. Use this information and you’ll be able to feel much better – and stand taller – almost instantly. Let’s dive right in! Take five minutes every hour to get up and stretch The easiest thing you can begin to implement into your daily routine is also one of the most beneficial ways to improve your posture almost overnight. All you have to do is simply take five minutes out of your day every hour to stand up from your chair, bend down to your toes, and stretch your body as much as you are able to. This simple exercise is going to release a lot of the coiled tension in your body, help you improve your posture, and banish lower back pain from your life once and for all. It doesn’t get much better than that! Wake up and stretch immediately Simple stretching exercises – you can find a number of beginner routines on YouTube with a 10 second search – will inject new life into your back, improve your posture, and help you start the day off right without a lot of extra effort. After waking up you want to at least reach down to your toes, curl your fingers around them, and arch your back up as much as possible, holding that position for 15 to 20 seconds at a time. This will release a lot of the tension stored up in your back and help you feel much better about tackling your day. Check out those YouTube routines at your earliest convenience to build a 3 to 5 minute program you can repeat every morning. You’ll be much better off for it! Practice better posture while you are parked As mentioned above, the majority of us lead pretty sedentary lifestyles and we are confined to our chairs throughout the day. But is because it’s easy to slump in a chair doesn’t mean that you’re going to want to fall into those to kinds of dangerous patterns and routines. Instead, try and improve your posture – pretending that your shoulders are attached to invisible strings that are anchored to the ceiling – every second that you are parked in the office or in traffic. Your back will feel much better for it! Workout with a focus on your core Core exercises and yoga or Pilates that combine athletic movements with stretching and holding will do a real number on the back pain that you’ve been struggling with. Your core is (obviously) an incredibly important part of your biomechanical chain and you need to do everything you can to provide it with the strength and support it needs to hold your body together. With a stronger core from repeated exercising be able to stand taller, sit straighter, and avoid the hunching that causes so many people to deal with exhausted backs on a daily basis. Fall in love with meditation Believe it or not, there is quite a bit of scientific research that proves just how beneficial it can be to meditate on a regular basis – and not just from a mental standpoint. Yes, simply sitting aside and meditating for 15 minutes a day (ideally just after waking up and right before you go to sleep) will improve your life dramatically but will also encourage your body to automatically correct itself so that your posture becomes picture-perfect once again. Start off slow – maybe with five minutes of meditation at a time (there are guided meditation courses out there to help you jump right in) – and from there on out you’ll be off to the races! Implement these tips and tricks just as soon as you have the opportunity to do so and you will be able to make your life a lot better, improve your posture immediately, and feel a whole lot better along the way.