What Changes When You Finally Fix Your Posture
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Good posture requires training our body to walk, lie and sit in a position where the least strain is put on supporting muscles and ligaments. For some reason this part of your lifestyle is usually put off until later probably because we don’t realize all the ways in which good posture is affecting our lives.
1. You’ll be more energized
"Standing with optimal posture allows your diaphragm to work more efficiently, which can make breathing easier and less labored," says Alynn Dukart, certified strength and conditioning specialist and wellness physical therapist. Rounded posture, on the other side, which is mainly resulted by hunching over a computer, restricts the expansion of rib cage as we breathe. Consequently, that compresses the diaphragm, and can be a reason for decreased lung capacity, aggravating the breathing process.
Efficient breathing is known to regulate the flow of carbon dioxide and oxygen throughout the body and keeps the energy level, says Henry Halse, a Philadelphia-based certified strength and conditioning specialist.
2. You’ll burn more calories
Since joints are in a better position when you stand tall, it is expected that the body will be prepared to perform more intense and calory-burning exercises compared to someone who has bad posture, especially for the workouts like pilates and yoga. Good posture will improve the circulation and by that allow you to take in more oxygen, which can make your workouts feel easier, says Halse.
3. You’ll have fewer headaches
If you suffer from regular headaches, bad posture could be the reason to blame. "Tension headaches are usually caused by a tight neck, upper back, and jaw muscles, and it's most often the forward head and forward shoulders posture that causes this," says Dukart. "Over time, if the muscle tightness becomes chronic, trigger points can develop, and this can cause radiating pain in your head." To fix the headaches, make sure your ears are always aligned over your shoulders. Gently press your shoulders down away from your ears, says Dukart. As final move, squeeze your shoulder blades back and together.
4. You’ll give your joints a breather
Bad posture can affect your joints. The so called text neck, caused by long-term looking down at your phone, causes stress on your shoulder joint, neck, and surrounding muscles, which leads to pain and injury, says Dukart. "Research has shown that for every inch of a forward head posture, it increases the weight of the head on the spine by an additional 10 pounds," she adds.
5. You’ll stress less
A recent study from the University of Auckland found that sitting up straight can be the right mechanism to fight against stress. The research was based on examining how did people feel when they were asked to complete a stress-inducing task while sitting in an upright position, while the other group did so by getting their slouch on. After the task was over, the participants from the first group reported "feeling more enthusiastic, excited, and strong." Meanwhile, the other group participants reported feeling "fearful, hostile, nervous, quiet, still, passive, dull, sleepy, and sluggish."
Researchers suspect that sitting up straight can have an impact on physiological arousal, such as a spike in blood pressure, and trigger a coping response to stress. When your body position isn't proper, it may affect your hormones and nervous system function, altering your mood.