I’ve been traveling a lot recently, squeezed into small seats on airplanes, not moving around the cabin nearly as much as I’d like. And, if you know me, I bet you understand how difficult this has been!
Slumped in an uncomfortable seat on a recent flight back to San Francisco, I began thinking about posture and how sexy it is when I see someone walking or sitting tall, chest out, and shoulders back. It’s like the person exudes confidence which is not only anatomically correct but also incredibly hot.
I became obsessed with this question: how does posture affect not only our structural alignment but what does it say about the way we feel about ourselves and how others perceive us?
Let’s start with a quick assessment… how are you sitting as you’re reading this right now? If you’re anything like most people, you’re probably slouched at a desk or better yet, on a couch not really paying much attention to your posture and healthy spinal alignment. Maybe you’re even hunched over, feet on your chair, taking up as little space as possible and contracting your body.
We’ll get into ways to promote healthy posture and how it affects everything from the way we walk and exercise in another post. For now, I want to explore why good posture helps us actually feel confident and present as sexy and capable beings… which we all are!
Check out this TED Talk I discovered on something called “power poses”, the idea that standing in a poised and confident posture, even when we may not feel this way, actually affects the cortisol and testosterone levels in our brains, which impacts our behavior and ultimate life outcomes!
It’s a concept that’s best summed up as the body has the potential to change our mindsets, which lead to behavioral changes, which ultimately impacts outcomes and success.
I’m curious. How do you feel about good posture? Have you ever “faked it until you made it” using a confident power pose to help you mask potential insecurity or feelings of inadequacy? How did this impact your outcomes?
I challenge you to strike a power pose. Make posture something you are obsessed with on a daily basis.
Hold yourself high!