The Influences of Posture and How It Can Affect You for Better or Worse

Has it ever occurred to you that how your posture can affect you. The way you sit at your work or at leisure can affect your mental well-being. Your body will only thank you if you maintain a good posture, it will do more wonders than any face-life or Botox treatment.

However in the modern world of today, we spend much of our time in sitting at desk, driving a car or slouch in front of TV. Even if we don’t have a desk job, many of us are involved in jobs which involve us looking down or maintaining same bent for hours, this results in poor posture, it is only when you have chronic back aches, and you identify your bad posture. 

Find out how posture can affect you:

Spinal Injury

Spinal Injury
Maintaining the same posture causes pressure on the same muscle groups and this result in muscle fatigue. This causes us to slouch or slump forward. The muscles of neck & upper back sustain isometric contraction and become short and tight. The chest muscles also become taut and imbalanced. This causes general aches and local triggers on muscle points. When body tries to rectify the imbalance, it can lead to spinal injury.

Slouching Causes Organ Compression

Slouching Causes Organ Compression
A bad posture can cause a compression and further lead to shallow breathing. The shoulder muscles move forward, the normal curve of upper back becomes exaggerated, and shoulder blades rotate downwards. This causes fatigue and decrease in vital capacity lungs to breathe. This has an emotional affect on us as we lack focus and concentration. The joints of cervical spine can become partially compressed, which can potentially lead to nerve root pressure. Look out for this exercise, close your eyes & slouch, how does your mind feel, is lethargy or fresh, is open to newness or you like being confined to your own self. Are you able to breathe free or you feeling a sense of vulnerability and suspicion?

Good Postures Creates Positive Attitude

Good Postures Creates Positive Attitude
If answer to the above questions were affirmative, then let’s try another activity. This time sit in a upright position with ribcage, shoulders and tailbone aligned perfectly. How is your thought process now? The correct posture will definitely allow free air flow to lungs; you will feel a reduction in negative thoughts and the will be no fatigue or pressure on your muscles. Not to mention you will be more focused, feel more strengthened physically and mentally. You will have more sense of confidence, empowerment & joyfulness. This is how a correct or good posture can influence your body. The above activity was designed by Ava Kyte, a fitness yoga instructor, a yogi and mentor of healthy living.

Affects of Posture on Mental & Physical Development

Affects of Posture on Mental & Physical Development
A behavioural scientist, Eric Pepper, teaches holistic health in San Francisco State University. He would make students stand up periodically during his classes and make them do simple exercises, like walking or wiggling or just move around for a minute before asking them to sit again in upright posture. He used to ask his students for this activity so that they do not get fatigued or slouch due to sitting down for long duration. The students felt more energised and upright attentive after this exercise. According to Pepper, there is a direct relation of mind and body to your posture. It is important to note that even while standing, one must maintain a correct posture. It is suggested to take short one or two minute break from work and walk upright or do some small stretch exercise to release the muscle tension. This activates energy levels whereas if you slouch or slump while walking, it would drain your mental & physical energy. One more study of this kind conducted by Eric Pepper and another scientist in Ohio State University stated, nodding your head in agreement or disagreement too can affect person’s opinion. Another study reveals hugging one own self also could reduce muscle pains.

Tips To Have a Better Posture

Tips To Have a Better Posture
Posture has direct impact on our emotional, mental & physical state of mind and body. Our good or bad posture can actually determine our thought process and can influence us to right or wrong decision. To put in simple words, a wrong posture will because you fatigue and make you fell less energetic which will result in a negative thinking or make you take a wrong decision. And if you maintain a correct posture, you mind & body will more energised and you take decisions with clarity in mind. If all this while you have been slouching and found it easy, try to get upright from now on, it is even easier.

Tips for Correct Posture

Tips for Correct Posture
Practice Meditation Eat Healthy Do Stretch Exercises Perform Back strengthening exercises Flex your Muscles Train your spine Strengthen your hamstrings & calf muscles Remember correct posture creates a good impression about you on the onlookers too.