Bad Posture Decreases Your Energy Levels | HEALTH
Last week, you learned from one of our post what happens to your body when you sit all day long. Sitting for long hours is primarily linked with heart diseases. It also weakens vascular function, slows down your metabolism due to decreased calorie burning, and increases your risk of obesity and type 2 diabetes. Worse still, it can lead to an increased risk of death from heart disease and cancer.
However, these risks are your worst case scenario. At the least, you’ll experience low energy levels if you sit all day long – especially if you slouch or don’t have a good posture!
Yes, you’ve read that right – bad posture often leads to low energy levels. And when you have low energy levels, you’ll easily feel tired and won’t have the motivation to get started with your workout. Fitness goals ruined.
The Link Between Body Posture and Energy Levels
The more time you spend crouching over your laptop or smart phone, or sitting for a prolonged period of time in a slouched position, your muscles and ligaments perceive it as a normal position, which unfortunately leads to poor posture. Poor posture, as you should know and just like a sedentary lifestyle, can have adverse health effects.
According to Erik Peper, a sports psychologist for the US Olympic Rhythmic Gymnastics team and a professor from the San Francisco State University,
“We live in a world now where slouching is highly promoted because we’re sitting in chairs and our body is in a collapsed position. If you have any history of exhaustion or negative thoughts, I would say that this body position amplifies them.”
In other words, bad posture can influence your cognitive performance, mood, and energy levels. This, Peper discovered, in his 2012 study published in the scientific journal, Biofeedback.
How to Improve Your Posture
To cut the story short, good posture is important. But do you do it if your body is already used to bad posture?
At work or if you have to spend long hours sitting in front of a computer, the best way to promote good posture is to have an ergonomic workstation. This means that your workstation should be designed to encourage both efficiency and comfort.
There are also a number of exercises that will help promote good posture.
William Smith, co-author of Exercises for Perfect Posture and a certified strength and conditioning specialist (CSCS), suggests strength training for back muscles and your shoulder blades. He added that pulling exercises help hold your shoulders and shoulder blades in a good position.
Dead lifts, push-ups, planks and other exercises that holds your body in a rigid position are also great for emphasizing stability. Finally, flexible and strong hips also promote good body position and stability. Smith recommends glute bridges to exercise your hips. However, he also warned that you should limit “flexion” exercises because these can counteract the posture improvements you’re trying to implement.
Confused what these exercises mean? Don’t know how to do them? For more help, visit the Aussie Supps store or check out our Nutrition Hub. We have our in-house nutritionist to take care of your fitness and nutrition needs.
Increase or Decrease Depression: How Body Postures Influence Your Energy Level. http://www.aapb-biofeedback.com/doi/abs/10.5298/1081-5937-40.3.01?code=aapb-site
Exercises for Perfect Posture: Stand Tall Program for Better Health Through Good Posture. https://books.google.com.ph/books/about/Exercises_for_Perfect_Posture.html?id=VJ5nDQAAQBAJ&redir_esc=y