Strengthening the upper back muscles with rows will help you stand up straighter

By Danielle McNally
August 14, 2012

Spend all day at a desk and your posture can slip in Quasimodo territory. To counteract the slump, strengthen your rhomboids-upper back muscles that run from your spine to your scapula and help move your shoulder blades-with this proven move:

Seated Row

Works Upper back, shoulders, arms

1. Sit on the floor, legs extended in front of you. Wrap a resistance band around your feet and grasp each end, palms facing each other.

2. Bend arms and draw hands towards sides, elbows pointing behind you [shown]. Return to starting position. Do 3 sets of 12 reps.