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Q: I slouch so much and so often, it actually hurts to sit up straight. What exercises should I be doing to combat this?

Photograph of a man slouching at his desk.Tonya says...
Assuming you have ruled out any potential injury, you may need to just stretch and strengthen. “If the pain is in your upper back, you should stretch the frontal muscles: the pecs, deltoids and trape-zius,” says Dr. Carmen Stillo, a chiropractor to pro athletes. “You also need to strengthen the back muscles—the rhomboids, lower traps and serratus. If you feel pain in the low back, it could be overactive hip flexors. If you sit a lot, it can cause your hip flexors to shorten. You must stretch the hip flexors, strengthen the glutes and work on core stability.”

Tonya Rouse Hillenbrand is a certified fitness and nutrition expert, and a former national triathlete and duathlon team member. Send her your health questions here.