If you’ve had poor posture for a lifetime, cultivating good posture can seem like an uphill battle. You’re having to retrain your muscles and your habits, and sometimes it can even a little bit uncomfortable.
But there are good reasons to stick it out.
#1) You’ll feel more confident.
Studies show good posture literally impacts your brain chemistry and mood. When you have good posture, you tend to feel less stressed, and less depressed.
Hunching over sends subconscious signals to our brain. It’s a submissive posture that says “please don’t look at me,” or “I’m not a threat.” We instinctively understand this, and so feel less qualified, less attractive, and less competent when we allow our bodies to slip down this way.
#2) You’ll have more energy.
When you sit or stand up straight your cortisol levels go down. And your testosterone levels go up.
Since cortisol is the stress hormone, it tends to sap our energy away. Testosterone, by contrast, makes us feel fired up and ready to take on the world (it even does this for you ladies). Which means sitting up straight may be even better than a cup of coffee for getting you revved up and ready to go.
#3) You’ll inspire more confidence.
Good posture doesn’t just change how you feel on the inside. It changes how people see you on the outside, too.
People are more likely to believe you know what you’re doing and you’re worth listening to if you’re projecting confidence. Sitting up straight or standing up straight increases your chances of making the sale or nailing that job interview.
#4) Reduce your chances of spinal damage.
Worn discs are one of the primary reasons for spinal damage. Once the discs are no longer functioning correctly your vertebrae begin to scrape against one another. This causes massive amounts of pain.
The gentler you are with your discs, the more mobility you’ll have, even well into old age.
#5) Reduce your chances of back and neck pain.
Good posture means your muscles don’t have to work nearly as hard. You won’t be as tired at the end of the day, but you also will reduce your chances of suffering through various aches and pains.
Of course, if you’re already in pain you’ll probably have to deal with that before you can correct your posture. Fortunately, your friends here at the Pain Relief Team are waiting here to do just that!