Mirror, mirror on the wall, what’s the most overlooked muscle of them all?

Often times, we look in the mirror to decide what body part to strength train, and our arms, legs and abs tend to win the coin toss. Think of your body as a house. Long before you start decorating, you’ve got to build a strong foundation; otherwise the structure will cave in. The foundation for your body’s strength comes from your abdominal and lower back muscles. If they’re weak, your body isn’t going to hold up. At that point, the decorating — sculpted arms and shoulders, for instance, won’t matter.

You’re especially prone to weakening your back muscles by spending a lot of time sitting at a desk or driving a car. In those poor-posture-prone positions, your back muscles tend to stretch out. If ignored, they’ll eventually lose strength. However, if you strengthen them, you’ll counter-act the tendency to slouch. You’ll stand tall, look slimmer, and project a confident image.

Also, what you may not realize is that your body is smart. So, if you’re neglecting your posture muscles, you’re preventing other muscles to strengthen, because your body knows that it can’t hold the extra strength.

With that in mind, check out today’s video clip to strengthen your upper back (those pretty posture muscles you may not see in the mirror). Whether you’re at a desk or in the kitchen, you can do this standing move anywhere!

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