“Studies have connected poor posture to:
Depression- A 2012 San Francisco State University study published in the journal Biofeedback found that a slouched posture can increase feelings of depression.
Higher stress – Harvard Business School researchers have found that people who slouch have lower testosterone levels and higher cortisol levels than people who stand in more powerful poses – both of which are signs of stress.
Low Confidence – the same study found that slouched posture – and the associated hormonal shifts- also leads to low self-confidence.
The good news: Research has shown that standing in a more erect, open position (straight and tall with hands on hips, for example) for as little as two minutes can create positive changes in mood and stress levels. Specifically, it can increase testosterone by about 20% and decrease cortisol by about 25%.
These are profound findings for something so simple and attainable. With society being glued to their computers, smartphones and tablets, I believe poor posture is becoming more and more of an issue.
Just like with smiling, standing up straight (or sitting up straight) with your head held high, does not require extra time or money to improve mood and physical health. Give it a try. I know you will be pleased with the benefits.
For those of you tied to a desk job, below is an article from Self Magazine highlighting women who burn more calories while they work.