I found this great article on Posture and 7 weird ways it can “mess” with you on Prevention.com. I found #7 particularly interesting, so we will start there.
A recent study from Harvard showed that when people who adopted powerful postures (open shoulders and straight spines) had a 20% increase in testosterone levels and a 25% decrease in cortisol levels—but people who slouched had a 10% decrease in testosterone and a 15% increase in cortisol. That translates into low self-confidence and high stress. And sitting slouched over can compound the problem, says Krucoff. “Shallow chest breathing strains the lungs, which must move faster to ensure adequate oxygen flow, and taxes the heart, which is forced to speed up to provide enough blood for oxygen transport. The result is a vicious cycle, where stress prompts shallow breathing, which in turn creates more stress,” she says.
The fix: Krucoff suggests taking everyday cues—a ringing phone, a stoplight—as reminders to take relaxed abdominal breaths to combat stress. Here’s how to make sure you’re breathing deeply: Rest your hand below your belly button; you should feel your belly expand as you inhale. “Invite the air all the way down to the deepest portion of the lungs, where oxygen exchange is most efficient,” says Krucoff. As you exhale, you should feel your belly contract again and stress leave your body.
Here are the other 6, click to read more about how posture effects each one!
Getting adjusted and doing your YWTL exercises daily are two of the best ways to maintain upright posture. These 7 areas are not the only ones that good posture will improve upon, but they are a magnificent start. Remember, if you will pretend there is a string attached to your sternum and someone is pulling you straight up, THAT is the posture we want to strive for as we sit, stand, or doing any activity!