I regularly hear from patients that they wanted to work on their posture, so they started exercising? Which exercises did they choose as posture correcting exercises? They did whatever felt comfortable, which usually didn’t involve working their postural muscles.
Usually they can’t tell which exercise they thought they were doing that was going to make the greatest change. They just went to the gym and started exercising. If their posture happened to improve, it was by sheer luck.
Exercise is good for you and you will certainly feel and look better when you do it regularly, it just might not change your posture. Isn’t that what you’re really after? Wouldn’t it make more sense to spend time on the back muscles even if the exercises aren’t as glamorous as other muscles?
There are plenty of people at the gym that are in good shape, but still have horrible posture. How can this be? They regularly perform exercises that do the opposite of improving their posture.
In changing your posture, it is vitally important that you spend time stretching the front muscles (not doing push-ups or bench presses) and strengthening the back muscles.