• Dee Anderson

Importance of Posture

Posture is the position you maintain while standing, sitting or lying down. Good posture can have both physiological as well as psychological effects and can improve confidence, power, and mood. Good posture is when your bodies position creates the least amount of strain on supporting muscles and ligaments when you move or perform weight-bearing activity.

The next time you’re feeling a little flat, pay close attention to your posture. According to cognitive scientists, you’ll likely be slumped over with your neck and shoulders curved forward and head looking down. While it’s true that you’re sitting this way because you’re sad, it’s also true that you’re sad because you’re sitting this way. This philosophy, known as embodied cognition is about the relationship between our mind and body and how our mind influences the way our body reacts, but the form of our body also triggers our mind. Good posture tells your brain that you’re powerful, which, in turn, affects your attitude. Therefore, sitting in a collapsed, helpless position makes it easier for negative thoughts and memories to appear while sitting in an upright, position provides more powerful and positive energy to the brain.

According to Professor Erik Pepper (2012) the increase of collapsed sitting and walking–from sitting in front of our computer to looking down at our smartphones–may very much have an effect on the rise of depression in recent years. You can therefore change the way you feel based on how you hold your body and this in turn can change your brain chemistry

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