Today’s workplace reality does not really paint a pretty picture when it comes to health and wellness. All around us we have men and women who spend anywhere between eight to twelve hours a day slouched over their desks. The result? Chronic back pain, decreased levels of productivity, poor health and a rise in sick day applications.
A good posture has several benefits but unfortunately it is not a topic discussed until some nerve wrecking muscle pain strikes the body. We all know maintaining a good posture is important but we really don’t do much about it. Or worse, we do not know what should be done. But if you have been feeling rather slumped at work in the last few weeks or months, efforts towards maintaining a good posture can be more beneficial than you think.
People who work with computers showed that poor posture leads to significant losses in workplace productivity. This leads to a decrease in performance at work. Here are two simple tips that can help you with this.
Standing tall can make you 45 percent more likely to take a risky bet
You might have even seen the famous Ted Talk by social psychologist Amy Cuddy who shares insights on how standing straight can boost feelings of confidence and have an impact on success. This is because your posture affects your hormone levels, which can actually determine your productivity at work.
Standing tall and straight can actually change the way people perceive you, and most importantly, the way you feel about yourself. This is because your body expresses emotions even better than your face does.
So take breaks often at work and stand tall whenever possible and take a few deep breaths while at it. Standing tall is a body language that symbolizes power. This emotion can also affect our decision making at a subconscious level as found by a study by research at Columbia and Harvard University.
There is a reason why they asked you to “Sit up straight!”
If you have a desk job, you need to pay attention to your posture while sitting. It is very important to make the connection between how you sit and how that might affect your body. Without any kind of intervention, the natural response will obviously be to sit comfortably, sliding on the chair, with our neck bent down and legs crossed. But prolonged exposure to such a posture is bound to crane your neck and muscles and make your brain start snoozing.
If you sit straight and push your hips back in the chair, you will feel much more alerted and fresh. Make sure you adjust the height of your chair so that your knees are at the same angle as your hips and your feet lie flat on the floor. This will ensure all your muscles are in the right position and supporting each other.
A good sitting posture allows for the full expansion of the chest, which helps adequate amount of air enter your lungs. This allows for improved oxygenation of the brain and other tissues. What follows is an increase in mental clarity, awareness and ability to focus and get the job done.
No matter how many apps or journals there might be to increase productivity, the most basic and forgotten trick is good posture. Take note of it and see the change for yourself.