Straighten Up to Look Younger Inside and Out
The trick: Stand up straight.
Why: This schoolmarm-y advice has a purpose. Not surprisingly, studies show that poor posture makes others perceive you as older and heavier than you really are. Standing up straighter elongates the body, making you look thinner, a hallmark of youth.
Not only does slouching make you look older, it actually ages your body: Poor posture is associated with a higher risk of cardiovascular disease and other chronic health problems.
Try: Analyze your environment, routine and habits for factors that might be reinforcing your slouching habit. Do you have a crappy desk chair with no back support? Are you prone to shopping online while slumped over on your couch? Is your car’s rearview mirror pointed too low, or do you lean forward in your car seat when traffic makes you tense? Tweak those detrimental habits now.
In the long-term, do core-strengthening exercises to support good posture. Crunches, planks, scissor kicks, burpees — get creative.