BENEFIT #1 MORE ENERGY
There are many reasons why we might get that 3pm slump during a long work day: Not enough proper nutrition, dehydration, too much caffeine… But another reason not many people often consider is how they have been sitting or standing throughout the day.
When we are slouched or hunched over, is reduces the amount of oxygen that gets circulated around our muscles and brain, meaning that they all have to work harder than they should. Less oxygen to the brain = slower reaction and productivity time.
BENEFIT #2 FEWER HEADACHES
Poor posture can cause tension in your upper back, shoulders and neck, creating pain and sometimes leading to headaches. If you’re experiencing this type of headache, get up and move around, stretch out your muscles and try investing in a posture corrector that will help train your body to hold better posture in future.
BENEFIT #3 A LONGER AND HEALTHIER LIFE
One of the most common difficulties in ageing is feeling aches and pains throughout your body. This is caused by a number of lifestyle reasons, but one in particular, is your bone health. Something that you can do to reduce the risk of unhealthy bones when you age, is to look after your posture while you are young.
Constant poor posture and slouching causes excessive strain on your muscles and vertebrae, which over time can cause a minor wedge shape deformation of the vertebra, resulting in a hunch back later in life.
Good posture will also help to create space in between the joints of your spine, creating more room for synovial fluid (joint fluid) production, an important element in ensuring healthy ageing bones.
BENEFIT #4 INCREASED CONFIDENCE
Our brains are much more in-tune with detecting our body language than we think. Have you ever seen someone wandering around, slotted over and thought “man, that person must be having a bad day.” Well, our own brains think so too! It is an old psychological trick that if you act confident, others around you will believe that you are, so why not try it on yourself?!
Next time you’re feeling a bit down, or even if you’re not but your brain seems to think that you are, try and take a deep breath, roll your shoulders back and stand up tall. This will help your mind to feel confident, just like your posture looks!