How your posture affects you

So in the spirit of trying to get you all the most vital, pertinent and oddball information out there about being as awesome as possible, let’s talk about you and your posture.

Yes, this not at all the direction I usually go in a post, but nevertheless, this clinical article is definitely of utmost importance.

Heck, just sitting here writing this my posture has gotten better.

First of all, it just doesn’t affect us internally but externally as well.

Let me explain.

Of course, there are internal issues with bad posture, but appearance and image are also factors.

First the Internal

Depressiondepression

Studies have shown that having a slouch is going to lead you to feeling more depressed and with lower energy than people who keep their back straight.

It is what it is. Deal with it and do something about it.I assume if you are here then you are interested in doing something about it.

Here is a good fix for you. Pretend you are Iron Man and that you have a big headlight in your chest that must be kept shining forwards to see where you are going and shine it in short people’s eyes.

Just kidding on the short people thing. But doing the headlight thing means your back is straight and your shoulders are back. That’s a good thing.

Bad digestiondigestion

When you are slouched over, your intestines are for the most part folded over. That means that whatever food you ate is not going to move through your system the way it should. This essentially slows your whole body down from getting the nutrients it needs.

The fix? Pull your shoulders back and make room in your gut area for your stomach and the rest of your digestive system.

Death and disease more likelydisease

Every hour sitting on your couch watching television slouched over means 21.8 minutes off of your life, an Australian study suggests.

An English study found that, using the last result shared, you are doubling your risk of diabetes and tripling your risk of cardiovascular disease if you sit a lot AND slouch watching television.

The fix?  Get up and exercise!! Take a walk!! Drop and give me 20…or 10…or 5. Okay, we will start slow on the pushups.

Bad circulationcirculation

Your body is essentially a machine. It is designed to be up and moving around. This also facilitates better circulation. The fluids and gases that are supposed to be moving around will not be if you are too stationary.

The fix? Again: Get up and move around. If you are one of those who have to sit at work, then get one of those standing desks.  Or just stand. And doing some high knee lifts will help get that circulation going, too.

Do you know that your body will burn 20% more calories standing than sitting?  You are also strengthening your muscles and increasing bone density. All wins, if you ask me. Plus many doctors.

Stressstress

Really? Stress is affected by your posture, too?  A Harvard study showed that humans who adopt a strong and robust posture, which means a straight spine and open shoulders, has a 20% increase in testosterone and 25% decrease in cortisol.

Alternatively, a bad posture does just the opposite. Lower testosterone and higher cortisol.

If you don’t know what cortisol is, it helps manage stress levels in your body.  But having too much moving around in your body (constant or frequent stress) is not good for your body either.

Testosterone is not just for guys. It actually manages several different functions in the body.  Lower levels of testosterone(in men and women) will affect bone density, muscle size, red blood cell production and more.

So how does this tie in to posture? Breathing. If you are not breathing correctly, you are taxing your lungs and your heart.

Guess what? That leads to more stress. A vicious cycle you will not win unless you start now.

Go here and read my post about how to breathe correctly. You should feel better almost immediately when you take a good cleansing breath. I know I do.

How about external?

Heavier appearanceheavy appearance

If you have a slouch or pad posture, you are essentially forcing your fat and tissue out. Like the proverbial muffin top.

In other words, you immediately look fatter.

Your fix? Stand up straight!!

 How do people see you?bad appearance

So if you are constantly walking around in a slouch, what does that say to others? Your boss? Your work associates? Your friends?

How about lazy?  How about lethargic? How about apathetic? How about just unimportant?

Who needs a darn study to tell us that?!?

 Conclusion

So as you can see your posture is pretty darn important in a lot of different ways. And I hope this had some effect on you if you are a sloucher.

Stand up, man!! (or Woman). Look like you give a crap.

All the stand-up-straight humans around you know AND IMPLEMENT the need of a good posture. What are you waiting for?

Is this your wake up call? I hope so.

Comments? Questions? How about some shares if this post had an impact on you or if you think it will in others.

8 thoughts on “How your posture affects you”

  1. Brent, I never realized the affect of bad posture on one’s health. I have always thought that one slouched because they are depressed. However, you pointed out, “studies have shown that having a slouch is going to lead you to feeling more depressed and with lower energy than people who keep their back straight.”

    With this in mind I’m going to try out your suggestions for better posture. This will be intriguing to see the affects that it will have on me. Great article. I’m glad I found it.

    Don

    1. Glad I could help, Don. this is the kind of stuff I like to write about to help others. It is either a reminder or an OMG I should have known. Either ay, I hope it helps you and all others.

      thank you for visiting and commenting.

  2. It’s truly astonishing to now know the amount of issues that can and will arise from a simple mistake that i see all too often when out in public.

    When i notice myself slouching over i quickly put my shoulders back and raise my chest. I do this because i can really feel this pain in my lower-back after hours of doing this in the past.

    I work from my home and i’m always on my computer so and you can see this could lead to some serious issues.

    I wasn’t too surprised at any of the backfires that you mentioned because when you think about it’s like “DUH” sit up straight.

    There was one though that really caught my attention and though i don’t watch too much TV i am behind my computer screen 10+ hours a day. The statistic of 21.8 minutes taken off your life for every hour that you spend in the awful position was a wake up call for me.

    I do catch myself slouching still even though I’ve gotten much better at not doing it. But, now i’m really going to pay more attention.

    Thanks for sharing this article with all of us.

    1. Well, I am glad that you were able to get something out of that post and that it was valuable to you.

      It is amazing what we tend to forget. I mean, this is basic stuff. We just have be told and reminded, sometimes.

      thank you for visiting and commenting.

  3. Great article on the importance of posture. And I completely agree on the effect it can have on mood and depression. Walking around constantly looking down at the ground is no way to go about. It sounds silly but walking the right way, with your head up and shoulders back can give you a confidence boost. Plus, you get to see where you’re going.

    1. Exactly, sir. Little things like that(walking up straight) make all the difference. I was kind of amazed at all this which is why I had to share this.

      thank you for visiting and commenting.

  4. I’m a walking, talking, billboard for this article. Could do a checklist and I’d hit almost all the boxes of ailments. Just terrible posture and believe it or not its a hard habit to break…I work on being better at it, but after years of sitting or standing a certain way that just becomes what your body finds normal and comfortable. Hard habit to break.

    1. It may be a hard habit to break but not impossible. I am glad that you acknowledge this anyways. that is the first step, right?
      thank you for visiting an commenting.

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