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15/10/2015 14:48 BST | Updated 15/10/2015 14:59 BST

How To Improve Posture: Exercises To Try At Home

Hunching over a desk all day can play havoc on our posture.

But thankfully, completing a few simple exercises each week can strengthen key muscles that help us sit and stand with a straight back.

In the above video from Pose, personal trainer Hannah Rees talks us through four of her favourite movements.

1. Palm Up Row

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Simply extend your arms to the side in-line with your shoulders, then start to draw small circles in the air.

Your arms will start to feel heavy, but your shoulder blades will thank you for it later.

2. Resistance Bands Pull Down

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You'll need a residence band to complete this exercise.

Start with the band above your head, then pull both arms to the side, slightly lower than your shoulders.

Raise the arms back to the top, then repeat.

3. Palm Up Row

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Stand with one leg slightly in front of the other and place your resistance band under your front foot.

Pull the band up by your hip before lowering it back down, then repeat.

Stand with your body leaning slightly forward to give your back a complete workout.

4. Back Raises

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Lie down on the floor with your back facing the ceiling and your arms directly in front of you in line with your ears.

Concentrating on your lower back, simultaneously lift your arms and legs off the floor.

Hold at the top for a second, then slowly release back down. Repeat.

SEE ALSO:

What Poor Posture Is Doing To Our Bodies (And How To Fix It)

Twelve Things I've Learned About Having a Bad Back

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