Did you know that 93% of communication is non-verbal? That is significant! Studies reveal that nonverbal communication is made up of 55% body language. That means that the way we are perceived by others is conveyed directly through how we are standing, how we look.
Think about it. You see 2 people, one is upright with great posture, and smiling. The other person is slouching; arms crossed and they don’t make eye contact. What is your first impression? More than likely you think the first person is confident, happy, and open to meet you and successful. The other person? Not so much.
I never forget how I found out I didn't have good posture. This was years ago when I was in the insurance industry (in my early 30's) and was at a conference. I was standing in line for lunch and the man beside me looked at me and said, you would really look good if you stood up straight! I was devastated because I thought I was! I had no idea that my shoulders were slouching! I went back to my hotel room and stood in the mirror sideways and almost died! When did this happen? I didn't sit a lot, I was in outside sales. From that point on I tried to always be very conscious of how I'm standing.
I also started to have low back problems, and not until recently realized I had an anterior pelvic tilt which causes a lot of my low back problems. This is also related to poor posture. Good posture is so vital to your overall health of your spine. It is the key to retaining mobility and proper weight distribution throughout all of your intervertebral discs. Rounded, stooped shoulders, tight hip flexors and a hunched back are among many factors that take your spine out of its' proper alignment.
When your spine is misaligned, forces (such as weight and motion) that are normally absorbed by up intervertebral discs, are now being absorbed by as few as two, often in the low back. This excessive load often results in various back ailments. Over time, habitual, excessive loading can result in chronic, painful conditions.
There are several common causes for bad posture, some are: excessive sitting (those desk jobs are killers for posture!), depression, strength training/movement balance and non-aware of postural positioning.
There are 3 types of posture issues:
If you have any of these 3 issues, it’s extremely important that you understand which one you have so you can properly do exercises to start to correct them. I would highly recommend seeing a physical therapist or a personal trainer to help you determine exactly what is going on and to start you on a program to fix it.
I did a video on some general posture exercises on Facebook that I wanted to share with you. I hope you like it! Click Here: Posture Exercise
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