Work your upper body While I'm not opposed to working out, I steer clear of the weights because I don't want to bulk up. But Cortes says a weak upper body contributes to a hunched back -- and women are more likely to develop a hunched upper back than men are. The key is to do exercises that'll keep your back and core strong. Exercises like push-ups (great for your chest, shoulders, and triceps) and pull-ups (which work out your back, biceps, and forearms) are especially effective.
Plus, once you hit 30, you lose about half a pound of lean muscle every year -- which translates to a whopping 5 pounds of lost muscle by the time you're 40, says chiropractic sports physician Len Lopez. The only way to offset that muscle loss is through strength training. The good news is that you don't need to spend an hour in the weight room; a high-intensity weight-bearing workout for 15 minutes, twice a week, is plenty.
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