Good fitness starts with good posture.  The best way to improve your posture is to focus on exercises that strengthen your core — the abdominal and low back muscles that connect to your spine and pelvis.

Some of these muscles move your torso by flexing, extending, or rotating your spine.  Others stabilize your pelvis and spine in a natural, neutral position.  The following posture exercises and  stretches target your entire core with slow, controlled movements to get the most out of them.  Make these posture-boosting exercises a regular part of your routine.  Remember to exhale strongly and pull in your core muscles as you work — a key principle in both Pilates and yoga.

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