Health & FitnessMay 20, 2015

It's National Posture Month! Work on yours

If you're reading this on your smartphone, there's a good chance your shoulders, neck and head are jutting forward and your spine is bent. This is the very posture that doctors and fitness experts are trying to correct before it does harm to both your health and your golf swing.

Since this is National Posture Month, we reached out to two posture experts for a quick refresher on how you should be standing and also how you should address the golf ball.

For the standing advice, posture expert Dr. Steven Weineger (@bodyzone) offers these tips:

1. Stand tall: Not stiff. Relax, and length or float your head toward the ceiling.

2. Ground your feet: Slowly come up onto your toes, and then your heels. Roll your feet out and then in. Press all four corners of your feet into the ground.

3. Center your pelvis: Arch your low back and then tuck your pelvis. Find the center point as you lengthen your spine.

4. Open your torso: Lift the shoulders up and roll them back. Keep your neck lengthened and head tall as you pull your shoulders back down.

5. Level your head: Look straight ahead and tuck your chin slightly to keep it level.

Weineger says to repeat this exercise two or three times a day.

For help with your golf posture, Golf Digest Teaching Professional David Leadbetter (@davidleadbetter) has some good advice. Click on the video to hear what he has to say.

Ron Kaspriske is the fitness editor of Golf Digest.

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