Common Posture Mistakes -- And How To Fix Them

10/25/2011 08:37 am ET | Updated Dec 25, 2011

Many of us make mistakes in the way we work, drive, sit and stand that cause back pain and negatively impact our posture. More often than not, according to Scott Danberg, director of fitness at Pritikin Longevity Center And Spa, these posture mistakes are due to weak muscles that don't support us well, stemming from inactive lifestyles. "Exercise restores muscular strength and balances and influences greater range of motion of joints, which are all fundamental for improved posture," he says. He has outlined these exercises to combat common weak spots.

Not sure if you are a victim of poor posture? Danberg suggests taking a photo of yourself in front of something with vertical lines, like wallpaper or a fence. Check to ensure you're aligning with the straight lines, and take photos from multiple angles to get a full sense of your posture. Retake the photos after a few weeks of trying the exercises Danberg recommends below to see the progress you're making.

Common Posture Mistakes And How To Correct Them