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Have you ever admired the beautiful way a ballet dancer stands? Here are some tips to help you maintain good posture on a daily basis, even without taking dance classes:


Reposition your monitor:


Your computer monitor should be 1 to 2 feet away from your face, and your eyes should be level with the top of the monitor, said Janice Novak, author of “Posture, Get It Straight! Look Ten Years Younger, Ten Pounds Thinner and Feel Better Than Ever.” This will prevent your head from leaning forward and away from your shoulders.


Reposition yourself in your car while driving:


Move your seat close enough to the pedals so that your knees are bent. A 90-degree angle would be too bent, and anything more than 130 degrees would be too straight. (Make sure your body is at least 13 inches away from the steering wheel in case your air bag deploys.)


Your lower back should be against the back of the seat. Sit in an upright or slightly reclining position. Adjust the headrest so your head is actually resting against it. This position places your head directly over your spine and allows your neck and upper back muscles to relax while you drive.


Finally, when holding the steering wheel, your elbows should be bent at 120 degrees.


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