Unless you are a model, ballet dancer, or in the military, the odds are high that you do not think about your posture very often. Our goal at Corpore Wear is to change this by reminding you to be more posture conscious. Why? Because there are mountains of research that demonstrate posture’s silent, but essential role, developing the relationship between our bodies and minds, and having them work together at optimum levels.
It’s time to start treating your body correctly and see real results.
In follow-up articles we will be going into more depth about the benefits of posture (see Corpore Wear’s free eBook). Below is just an introduction to the benefits of being posture conscious and how it can improve our overall health and well-being.
1. IMPROVED BREATHING:
When it comes to our health and well-being, our ability to breathe is obviously paramount. At the same time, it is something that we often take for granted and do not pay proper attention to. How well or how restricted our breathing is, has a direct correlation to our energy levels, our mood and performance.
According to Dr. Rene Cailliet, former director of the department of physical medicine and rehabilitation at the University of Southern California, “in addition to forward head posture adding up to an addition thirty pounds of abnormal leverage on the cervical spine, it may result in the loss of 30% of vital lung capacity.”
You may have experienced a shortness of breathe when you just tried breathing in a slouched position, and in human terms this was because in essence your internal organs are being restricted from functioning properly.
Mike White, founder of The Optimal Breathing Association and School” notes that, “poor posture (bending forward, backward or sideways) invites distorted, restricted, shallow breathing and a host of other problems including lessened self respect, self expression and increased potential for depression.”
If posture awareness is the house we are building, breathing is our foundation.
2. IMPROVED MOBILITY AND MOVEMENTS:
Poor posture can put strain on your body, throwing your alignment out of whack and increasing the activity and reliance of other muscles.
When seated with your head too far forward, for example, physicians have noted that for every inch forward, an additional ten pounds of weight is put upon the neck and the spine and this one movement can lead to body aches, pain, headaches and even depression.
Furthermore, Dr. Roger Sperry, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Brain Research, found that, “90% of the stimulation and nutrition to the brain is generated by the movement of the spine, and only 10% of the brain´s energy output has to do with thinking, metabolism and healing,” proving once again that the relationship between body and mind is not only real, but of prime importance.
And this idea of overactive muscles compensating for under-active muscles (the root cause for aches, tension and stress) continues as you work your way down the body depending on your body positioning.
The ideal posture is where your joints are relaxed, but naturally supporting each other and everything is aligned. The ears are in-line with the shoulders, the ribs over the hips and the hips over the heels, allowing the pelvis and spine to rest in a neutral position.
REDUCTION IN STRESS AND IMPROVED SELF-IMAGE:
Effective leaders have more in common that just the characteristics of confidence and disciplined decision making. According to studies performed at Harvard, Columbia, and The University of Oregon, they also share similar hormone levels.
Great leaders tend to experience higher levels of testosterone (the hormone that produces feelings of confidence) and lower levels of the cortisol (hormone associated with anxiety and ability to handle stress) than the average person, meaning that under difficult situations they are primed to be more confident, decisive and cool under the collar.
This is all well and good, but what does this have to do with posture?
Well it turns out that confidence is not only displayed with strong posture, but that the relationship goes both ways and strong posture can literally improve your own self-talk by affecting your hormone levels.
Tony Robbins said, “The fastest way to change your emotional state, is to start with your physiology. In other words, let your body boost your mind, and in lies the power of posture.
Amy Cuddy, the responsible party for making, “Power Poses” a household name, supplies extensive research in regards to how you can use your body to change your mood, and she is not just talking about, “faking it till you make it,” but allowing your posture to take it one step further, “faking it until you become it.”
By spending just two minutes in a power pose, your hormone levels will spur into action and your mind will reap the benefits of your changed physical state.
Still have your doubts?
Stand up, don’t worry, this will only take two minutes, literally.
Put your hands on your hips (think Wonder Woman or Beyonce – depending on your age), straighten your back, and lift your head up so you chin is perpendicular to the floor and breathe?
The first time I asked my mother to do this, after doing so, she turned to me and said, “that was neat.”
Above are just a few of the ways that being more posture conscious can improve your well-being. We will be making regular blog posts with more “neat” things about posture with the hopes that you follow along and join us on your ride of making the need for postural awareness obsolete because all the world will be standing tall.Share: