6 Surprising Benefits of Good Posture


Growing up, our mothers may have scolded us to “sit up straight!” And of course, we’d roll our eyes and just sit up in our chairs without ever asking why. So, we may have grown up knowing that sitting up straight was what we were supposed to do, but we never really got any explanation why it’s good for us. In the past, we wrote a blog on the negative effects of bad posture, so I decided to investigate the benefits of good posture. What I found surprised me!

6 Surprising Benefits of Good Posture

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1. It Boosts Your Confidence and Self Esteem

We’ve all heard the saying “fake it ’till you make it.” Turns out, this is possible! The University of Auckland conducted a study to further investigate the effects of good posture on mental health. They concluded that individuals who sit with an upright posture were all-around more confident than those with poor posture. So, sitting confidently can result in feeling more confident too! Not only that, but good posture also leads to a better self-image! If you were to compare a photo of yourself slouching to a photo of yourself standing straight, chances are, you’d feel better about the way you look when you have good posture. Sitting up straight can also make you look taller and thinner!

2. Makes You “Regular”

One reason that yoga has such positive effects on your body is that it encourages good posture and allows your intestines to not get obstructed, giving you to abilities to have more healthy bowel movements. When you slouch, your insides also get squashed! To avoid uncomfortable (and embarrassing) constipation, the secret could be as easy as adjusting your sitting patterns.

3. It Can Make You More Productive at Work

Who knew that powering through your workday could be made easier by something as simple as fixing the way you’re sitting? If you sit at your desk with proper posture, your body will expand and send signals to your brain that you’re in a stance of power. Sitting with good posture improves our breathing which, in turn, allows more oxygen to reach the brain, further improving our concentration. Not only that, but your boss may even think you’re more a more vital and motivated employee if you’re sitting in your chair with good posture. So, if you’re trying to land that promotion you’ve been after, sit up straight!

 

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4. Lowers Stress Levels

Harvard University conducted a study that found people who had more “powerful” postures saw a 20% increase in testosterone levels and a 25% decrease in cortisol levels. On the contrary, testosterone levels were 10% less and cortisol levels were 15% higher in the people that slouched in their seats. What does this mean? It translates into lowered self-esteem and high levels of stress. Sitting in a “compounded position” also effects breathing because the shallow breaths cause the heart to strain more during breathing and then the heart is forced to pump faster, causing a highly stressful experience.

5. Your Thoughts Will Become More Positive

It’s rare to see someone with good posture lacking in confidence. When we sit up straight, we are more likely to think of positive thoughts or form positive memories. So, something as simple as taking the time to adjust to a more upright position can improve your mood and energy levels.

6. You May Even Feel More Powerful

Studies at Harvard and Columbia Universities have shown that unconsciously good posture can affect our decision-making. People with good posture were 45 percent more likely to have the confidence to go in on risky bets. Additionally, even if you don’t necessarily feel more powerful from sitting up straight, others will perceive you as a stronger and more in-control individual.

Well, I guess our moms were right! We really all should be sitting up straight. Who knew that there were so many benefits of good posture? It has substantial influences on our health, happiness, and even careers!

Did any of these benefits of good posture surprise you? Share your thoughts in the comments below! And, as always, head to AlliedTravelCareers.com to find the country’s top travel allied health jobs!

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  1. I am most surprised everything these days about poor posture even good posture always comments on slouching and many references are specifically put on “sitting” in an office chair but I have yet to find any studies on FURNITURE everyday home furniture from couch to chair to dinner table chairs to the bed…I am also amazed we speak of getting up and moving which is great & the talk that the human body is not meant to be so sendentary but not every human is alike even as children not all are active some like to read & are into scientific research and so forth. When do we REALLY look at the FURNITURE/CHAIR invention? When do we consider the chair design the furniture designs to be MORE of the problem then the actual sitting? Yes, I’ve read studies blah blah blah but I also come from personal experience that I remember very clearly & NOT all furniture was as bad as it is & has been for many many years now. Furniture isn’t MADE to really support the human posture! Its made for the sole purpose of EYE-CANDY & making $$$!! Lazy-Boy use to be a quality brand you could trust, you knew you were buying something of great value, today it’s a joke. I can look at furniture & have for several years now & can tell you what will support your posture & what will not & MOST do NOT!!! Even ergonomics is a JOKE! We take in account on the positions & degree’s of posture an sitting but when do we take into account WEIGHT let alone the REAL lacking factor….REAL SUPPORT?!! Many things seem very over looked when it comes to the sendentary lifestyle..I get the body desiring activity & that being overweight can take its toll on the body’s wellness but through my own health issues including Edema I have found many things NEVER considered in all these “studies” and opinions..& I might add there are NO studies on the FURNITURE & the HEALTH issues it causes ultimately by the way its made, sure there’s toxin concerns & even safety regulations but I can attest that “safety” really is NOT regulated…My husband bought a couch & love seat a few years ago & the ARMS of both these couches have very little to NO padding, a SERIOUS ACCIDENT just waiting to happen if you have small kids in the house etc. this is absurd!! BRAND NEW furniture bought from a “known” name store been around most of my life..as for sitting on these couches it’s ridiculous what it does to ones POSTURE!! It causes you to want to slouch, there is NOT enough support under ones ass to even attempt without exhaustion to sit properly aligned..Most furniture sits too deep & too low & the support well what support? I suggest you & everyone you know sit in honest on each piece of furniture you own & take PICTURES & then assess those pics with very open eyes!! Or better yet take pics of family members as they sit “naturally” in their “environment” you just may SEE something you never noticed before!! the Body Listener Mista

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