IMPROVE YOUR POSTURE. LOOK BETTER INSTANTLY

How to make your clothes look better, your body look more toned and increase your presence without stepping foot in a gym.

Have you ever wondered how some people can enter a room, and without saying a word just immediately command respect? Unlocking your inner alpha starts with learning how to hold yourself. We asked Brazilian personal trainer Juliana Campos for a cheats’ guide to improving your posture.

“Grooming, wearing the right clothes, keeping in shape – all that’s important. But the simplest trick to looking good comes from the inside.” Juliana Campos isn’t talking about some spiritual nonsense, she’s talking about improving the way you carry yourself. This isn’t only about getting the girl – or having more fun with her once you’ve got her. It’ll certainly help you with that, but improving your posture also helps to avoid injuries to joints and muscles. Plus, it keeps your skeleton healthy into old age.

“My Granddad had the best posture I have ever seen in my life – even when he was 90. Everyone who came across him instinctively respected him. The way he carried his body suggested huge internal power.” But how to get the poise, posture and presence of Grandpa Campos? Here are Juliana’s tips.

Buy a Swiss ball to sit on at your desk, at work or at home.

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Over time it’ll encourage a straighter spine.

Always take the stairs, not the lift – but try not to look down too much.

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You can count the number of steps in the flight in advance, making it easier to keep your line of vision aimed dead ahead. Glancing down occasionally is fine, but if you’re always looking at your feet you risk causing your spine to curve, resulting in bad posture and back pain.

Always think about the way you’re holding yourself when you’re driving.

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It’s all too easy to slouch or roll your shoulders, which leads to aches and pains as well as long-term spinal problems. Make sure your back, lumbar and shoulders are supported. And make sure you’re actually holding the steering wheel, not just resting your hands on it.

Copy the statue of Jesus in Rio every day

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The Superman exercise is the best choice to keep your abs tight and align your stance.

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This is where you lay down on your front and raise your legs and arms in the air like, you guessed it, Superman.