Benefits of Posture for Health & Wellness
Sitting or standing up straight is often undervalued. While you may know somewhere in the back of your mind that you shouldn't slouch, did you know that good posture provides multiple benefits to your health and wellbeing?
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Study after study is revealing that we should be paying more attention to our posture. Here's why:
- It affects your confidence.
You don't just look more confident when you're standing straight; you feel more confident as well. People who are in a straight sitting position are more likely to feel more confident about their qualifications for a job than those who are slouching over a table. In other words, your posture affects the way you think about yourself.
- It boosts your energy.
Forget that afternoon latte; just sit up a little straighter at your desk. How you are sitting or standing affects your brain—in the form of your mood and your energy. Whenever you start feeling lethargic, try getting up and moving around, and then mindfully keep your posture straight if you go back to sitting again.
- It reduces stress.
Pay attention to how you're sitting when you're stressed out. Chances are, you're slumping over. Simply sitting up straight can help you build your perseverance through those tasks and help you filter out negative emotions.
- It helps you beat fear and anxiety.
Noticing a pattern yet? With correct posture you will boost your mood and reduce feelings of fear and anxiety. The way you are sitting affects your physical response to psychological stress. If your body is more relaxed, your mind will follow.
- It increases productivity.
Sitting or standing up straight increases testosterone production (yes, for women too), which helps you focus and get your work done. Better than caffeine if you ask us.
- It gives you more oxygen.
Straight posture optimizes the way you breathe; in fact, you will take in 30 percent more oxygen. More oxygen in your blood naturally increases your energy and helps you feel more relaxed.