Posture is one of the most important things that people forget to do during their day. Breathing and posture. Breathing is more important than posture, because breathing keeps you alive. But people don’t forget to breathe. Same goes with a beating heart. Your heart is beating, and your lungs are breathing, whether you are aware of it or not. It’s not something you think about often.
But we do forget proper breathing techniques. Just as we also forget to practice correct posture. And the two go hand-in-hand. Good breathing techniques are indicative of correct posture. That is why posture deserves so much attention. Because as a society, our posture is awful. We sit too much. We slouch too much. We don’t exercise enough. We don’t stretch. It is putting so much pressure on our vertebraes and our backs, which leads to poor health and awful body language.
Also, posture reflects status. The alpha dog walks around confidently, stands erect, and radiates competence and charisma. The sloucher connotes zeta-dog status. Their posture reinforces negative thoughts and lack of self-worth. They don’t command respect. And they don’t get their way as often. There is plenty of research to prove this is true, although simple social observation lets you know who is powerful and who is weaker.
The power standing position is:
feet slightly apart and planted to the floor;
shoulders comfortably back;
neck straight, not tilted;
arms comfortably by your side, not in your pockets, not fidgeting.
Don’t slouch or lean against anything. Don’t cross your arms across your chest as a defensive move.
When seated, place both feet flat on the floor, not crossed or tucked under the chair. Lean forward to exude energy, or lean back to appear more relaxed.
Also use this stance when entering a room or walking. Except walk with a comfortable stride — not too slow and not too fast.
To increase trust, keep both hands out in the open, not in your pockets or under the table. Do not grip your hands or clasp in the prayer position.
Here are 5 more rules to good posture:
1. Practice breathing.
Take deeper breaths. Inflate your chest and tighten your core. It’s a good, simple exercise. Practice mindful breathing.
Sitting on your butt all day makes you fat and lazy. Get up and walk around. Go for a jog. Do push-ups. Do anything. Just move around at least once a day.
3. Sit erect in your chair.
It’s not always easy to remember. So show some discipline here.
Pay more attention to your spine. Keep it limber. Keep it strong. You’re going to need it for the rest of your life.
Project a powerful image of yourself…it will be reflected in your posture.
I don’t know if the caveman had the best posture in the world. We usually think of the caveman as closer to the baboons than to humans. They were knuckle-draggers, hunched over, slumped shoulders and bad spine. But the cavemen were very attuned to body language. They understood when another person was angry, scared, alert, content, or any one of the other human emotions.
As modern day humans, proper posture conveys an image of confidence, success, alertness, and enthusiasm. Since 80% of all communication is non-verbal, your proper posture will tell people a lot about you, before you even have a conversation.
In the future, pay more attention to your posture, and practice standing straight, breathing well, and staying strong.