How Good Posture REALLY Effects You

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Growing up, we’ve all been scolded by our mothers 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 all 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. I decided to investigate the posture myth and find out why good posture is beneficial. What I found surprised me!

Fights Depression

San Francisco State University did a study that found that when given the choice between walking down a hallway slouched or skipping, the slouchers showed more depression and lowered levels of energy than the skippers. It’s not surprising that a confident posture could raise self-esteem therefore making you feel a heightened mood. Carrying yourself with your chest out facing forward and our spine straight can make someone emotionally strong. Perhaps that’s why we call weak people “spineless.”

It Can Make you More Successful

Bosses perceive their employees as less vital when they are sitting slumped in their desk. In fact, people generally will find someone with bad posture as less competent. Moral of the story, you’re not going to get a promotion unless you practice that good posture. [Side-note: I literally just sat up straighter after I typed that, to be honest.]

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 in a hovered position, your insides also get squashed! To avoid uncomfortable (and embarrassing) constipation, the secret could be as easy and adjusting your sitting patterns.

Makes You Look Thinner

Sitting upright with a straight back takes away those belly rolls. So if you want to look fitter, just sit properly!

Lowers Stress Levels

Harvard did 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.

Your Thoughts will Become Happier

When we sit up straight, we are more likely to think of positive thoughts or form positive memories.

It will Make you Feel More Powerful

Studies at Harvard and Columbia Universities have shown that unconsciously, good posture can effect our decision-making. People with good posture were 45% more likely to have the confidence to go in on risky bets. (Maybe you should try to slouch if you’re going to Las Vegas then!) 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.


I guess our moms were right, we really all should be sitting up straight. It can have substantial influences on our health, happiness and even careers!

Author: Allied Travel Careers

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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 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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