lance's swings help his postural alignment

lance performs kettlebell swings - great for posture

How you sit affects your self beliefs. So says the results of an Ohio State University study.

Researchers found that people who were told to sit up straight were more likely to believe thoughts they wrote down while in that posture concerning whether they were qualified for a job.  On the other hand, those who were slumped over their desks were less likely to accept these written-down feelings about their own qualifications.  The results show how our body posture can affect not only what others think about us, but also how we think about ourselves…

Also quite interesting in the study was the lack of self-awareness involved in the postural influence.

…participants didn’t report feeling more confident in the upright position than they did in the slouched position, even though those in the upright position did report more confidence int he thoughts they generated,” Petty says.

That suggests peoples’ thoughts are influenced by their posture, even though they don’t realize that is what’s happening. “People assume their confidence is coming from their own thoughts  They don’t realize their posture is affecting how much they believe in what they’re thinking,” he says.  “If they did realize that, posture wouldn’t have such an effect.”

This just gives us one more reason in addition to the many, to strive for and maintain correct posture:

  • spine health
  • pain free living
  • allowing for ease and depth of breath and full diaphragmatic breathing
  • unencumbered circulation and digestion
  • full use of the diaphragm in speech and voice quality
  • musculo-skeletal efficiency

Developing, correcting or maintaining strong, healthy posture can be achieved through exercise.

tadasana alignmentYoga and kettlebell training are both first rate avenues for encouraging healthy postural alignment.  Both have a strong and mindful focus on functional movement patterns which

  • strengthen muscles and connective tissues
  • promote the full range of movement of the joints
  • endorse flexibility
  • correct muscular imbalances

If you are finding yourself slumped, rounded back with head jutting forward, while sitting at your computer, watching television or chatting with a friend over coffee it is past time to create change.

Improving your posture will improve your life.