Try these 6 exercises to improve your posture

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Watching athletes go from cycling to running during a triathlon, you can always see the competitors who will have a successful run even at 100 yards in a race, says Earl Walton, Tampa-based global director of training and coaching for Ironman, Florida. . “Runners who can get off their bikes and run upright are ready for the challenge ahead. Your run will be more successful if you can support your upper body weight efficiently. ”

After hours hunched over a bike or laptop, it’s easy for muscles like the hip flexors to contract, causing the core and glutes to become inactive, Walton says. “You see a lot of triathletes running with their shoulders hunched because their core is off,” he says. “The upper part of his body looks like a sack of potatoes. You can get the same look after a day of conference calls or computer work. ”Mr. Walton calls this his high-standing workout. He helps train his triathletes to transition from a hunched-over cycling position to optimal running posture. It also works for the transition from your desk to a workout. “At the end of the workday we want our body to go from a question mark to an exclamation point,” he says. “These exercises they will help you activate your muscles to get back into that strong posture so that you don’t pull or shoot a muscle as you transition from work to training in minor league practice. “Do these exercises as training to build better posture or use them as a warm-up for your training, he says.An expanded version of this article appears on WSJ.com Popular stories from WSJ.com: