The long-term effects of poor posture affects various systems in your body, such as: digestive, respiratory, reproductive, muscular, and skeletal. A person who has poor posture may often be tired, ill, or unable to work efficiently or move properly. Here are some other ways that poor posture affects your health:
- Studies show that having poor posture deepens depression.
- Affects the way people see you. Studies show that a person with poor posture is seen as having a lack of confidence, submissive, and passive.
- Poor digestion. When you sit crunched up, your intestines are crunched up too, which can lead to chronic constipation or other digestive problems.
- Increases risk of death and chronic disease. An Australian study found that after age 25, being slumped over while watching TV, reduced their life expectancy by 21.8 minutes each hour.
- Makes you look heavier. Poor posture can make a person look 10 pounds heavier than they actually are.
- Stresses you out. A Harvard study showed that people who slouched had a 10% decrease in testosterone and 15% increase in cortisol, which leads to higher stress. It also showed that sitting slouched can lead to shallow breathing, which in turn creates more stress and puts strain on the heart.
Having poor posture can have long term effects on your health. To correct poor posture, visit a chiropractor to get your spinal imbalances realigned. Spinal imbalances can lead to poor posture. Also, practice breathing deeper, sit up and stand up taller, and stretch.