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
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.
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 likely
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.
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.
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?
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?
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?!?
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.