3 Interesting Science-Backed Findings About Posture

Science has proven that good posture benefits your wellbeing, so let’s look at the facts and set things straight, once and for all.

I don’t know about you, but I like to stay in shape, eat well, and look after my health. Feeling fit and on top of things keeps my outlook positive and my days productive. Of course, Corpore Wear’s posture undershirt is now part of my daily routine and has improved my general quality of life. I feel more confident, I look better, because I’m standing and sitting better, and I smile more as a result. Sometimes though, it’s hard to pinpoint exactly why some of the things we do make us happy and improve our general wellbeing.

But posture is a well researched field and there is a lot of scientific evidence to show how being more posture conscious is good for you. So here are 3 interesting science-backed finding about posture, that will have you reaching for your posture shirt and sitting up straight in the office.

 

1. Good posture could reduce your chances of developing heart disease

While we have a lot of things to worry about in our daily lives, getting shorter probably wasn’t on the top of your list…but perhaps it should be. As you age your spine compresses and you will inevitably lose a bit of height. This will depend on a lot of different factors, including how much exercise you get, how much time you spend exercising, and – of course – your posture.

A university study of 4213 men was carried out over 20 years and completed in 2006. It found that bad posture could increase your risk of developing coronary heart disease by 64%. The study looked at height loss in older men and concluded that men who demonstrated bad posture were at greater risk of heart-related death; those who lost “3 cm or more” were far more affected than those who lost 1 cm in height or less.

So it’s time to take a 360° approach to your health and wellness. Get to the gym, stand up straight, don’t sit for too long, improve your core strength and you’ll reduce your risk of heart disease big time.

 

2. Posture affects your breathing; breathing affects your mind

When was the last time you took a deep breath? If you try it now and find it hard to fill your lungs to capacity, that’s a warning sign that you’re demonstrating bad posture.

Americans spend more than 10 hours a day starting at screens – that’s a lot of time spent looking down at your smartphone and hunching uncomfortably over a desk. This means we often sit with our backs arched, our heads forward, and our lungs constricted. That’s not good!

In the 2016 study, Effects of forward head posture on forced vital capacity and respiratory muscles activity, researchers found that poor posture, relating to the position of the head, can decrease the efficiency of your muscles, indicating that:

…forward head posture could reduce vital capacity, possibly because of weakness or disharmony of the accessory respiratory muscles.

While I don’t think anyone needs to talk about how important it is to breathe, the importance of efficient breathing is another matter.

Some studies have found that while thoughts can affect breathing (when you’re scared or anxious you breathe deeper and faster), deep breathing can also affect your ability to think. If you breathe effectively, you can improve your thought processes and decision-making. So sit up right now and be a better thinker.

 

3. Confident posture makes you confident in your thoughts

A study of 71 students, carried out at Ohio State, found that students were more likely to trust their own thoughts if they wrote them down while demonstrating good posture.

In summary, the participants were split into two different groups and were carefully instructed to demonstrate different postures (poor posture and good posture). While in these positions, the  students were told either to list three positive or three negative personal qualities related to future performance in the workplace.

Later, students were asked to rate themselves on how well they thought they would do as a future professional.

The results of the study showed that the students who completed the task in a strong, confident posture rated themselves according to the traits their wrote down.

Co-author of the study, Richard Petty, said in a press release covered in Science Daily: “Their confident, upright posture gave them more confidence in their own thoughts, whether they were positive or negative.”

Not only does good posture make other people see you in a more positive light, but it gives you confidence in your own thoughts too.

 

So, think positive, sit up straight, and you can take on the world. We believe it, science says so.

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