“Stand up straight,” scolded my grandmother.
“He looks lazy,” the job interviewer whispered judgingly to her business partner.
“I feel so lost, ” my depressed friend moaned as he slouched over his morning coffee.
“My neck is killing me and I have had a headache for the last three days,” whines my colleague in the workspace next door.
It’s true that our posture manifests all kinds things. Outside, it determines the way we present to the world and how others feel about us. Inside, our posture affects how we feel physically and emotionally.
We can clearly see that our posture is a reflection of our health when we take a look at some of the positive and negative effects. Historically, the focus of poor or proper posture has been on the mostly physical. Good posture looks good, feels good and helps people move better. Poor posture…just the opposite. We now understand the emotional connections as well.
- Contributes to good appearance
- Prevents neck pain, back aches, headaches and general muscular pain
- Prevents body wear and tear (arthritis) by keeping joints and bones aligned
- Allows for better and more efficient use of muscles
- Optimizes breathing and circulation
- Prevent strain/sprain and overuse injuries
- Improve organ function
- Increased self esteem
- Enhance energy due to efficiency body balance
Consequences of Poor Posture
- Constant joint and muscular pain preventing the ability to perform even basic activities of daily living
- Being predisposed to easy injury of muscles and joints
- Decreases flexibility and mobility
- Compromises the function of internal organs including heart, lungs and digestive system.
- Poor self esteem and feelings of depression
Science is constantly discovering even deeper and more profound evidence showing how the way we hold our body affects our health and our life. For example, social psychologist Amy Cuddy, Associate Professor at Harvard Business School, published a study that shows clearly how our posture and body positioning directly influences either the production of cortisol (stress hormone) or testosterone (growth hormone) within minutes. How amazing is that?