1. How to instantly look taller and thinner


    Dr. Ken Hansraj

    Dr. Ken Hansraj

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    If you think the only way to look taller is to put on a pair of high heels, think again.

    Dr. Kenneth Hansraj, spine specialist and author of Keys to an Amazing Life: Secrets of the Cervical Spine, says you can look taller and thinner but you need to change your posture. If you think this sounds too simple to make a difference, you haven’t tried it. In yoga class I am always amazed at how much I can stretch and straighten. Correct posture and alignment can change your life. Here are Dr. Hansraj’s tips: 


    Focus on stretches and movements, such as lunges, that open and lengthen the muscles in the front of your body. This will release tension and help you to maintain good posture throughout the day. 

    Move often

    Changing positions frequently helps maintain a relaxed yet straight posture. Use all of your motion with everyday activities and remember to take a break from sitting in the same position every half hour. 

    Think up

    Keep your sternum tall to prevent your head or shoulders from jutting forward. Pulling them back and acting as if a string were pulling you from top of head will also diminish the strain you feel in your lower back. 

    Use your entire foot

    Most people stand with the weight over their heels, which cause their feet to become weak and turn in. This increases the stress on weight-bearing joints (lower back, hope, knees, and ankles). Make sure to distribute your weight evenly to the front, back, and sides of the feet.