Did you know that your posture could be the root cause of a lot of your aches and pains? Researchers have performed numerous studies and found that the way we hold our bodies drastically affects how we feel. They have linked poor posture habits to high stress, depression, circulation issues, increased risk for diabetes and cardiovascular diseases, and slowing of intestinal activity, which leads to lots of other problems.
Some people even find that poor posture affects their careers, or how others view them, simply because they do not appear to be proud. When you walk through the door with your head down and your shoulders hunched over, you might come across as being sad and lacking energy. A Harvard study recently found that people who slouch have 10% less testosterone and a 15% increase in cortisol levels than people who don’t slouch. This means that people who slouch are dealing with more of the “stress chemical” known as cortisol. High cortisol and low testosterone levels can also cause feelings of low self confidence.
The other big factor about your posture is that you are holding your entire bodily frame in positions that cause misalignment, tension, and stress. As these 3 things occur to your bones, muscles, joints, tissues, etc, you develop sore spots, cramps, cricks, tense muscles, and more. Basically, you will feel pain in one or more areas of your body, and it may even be chronic pain.
Many people feel that they do not have the ability to fix their posture. Maybe they feel like they don’t have extra time to work on it, or they think that it will cost a lot of money, however, it doesn’t have to eat up a lot of your time or your hard earned money. All it takes is a little commitment and some patience with yourself.