(This is a guest post from our friend and colleague Dr. Kathryn Woodhall, DC, CST — big things are coming from the Doc in the next couple months, so stay tuned)
Bruce Wayne’s mask, Tony Stark’s briefcase, Clark Kent’s glasses, Diana Prince’s bracelets and lasso — some of the coolest superheroes to ever grace the imagination were primarily defined by their props. They could go from zero to hero in the blink of an eye simply by putting on the right accessory. If only it were so easy for the rest of us to transform!
Wait, it actually is…
You may not develop super powers from following this advice — hey, who knows? — but you’ll definitely generate more power and transform your life for the better. Best of all, you don’t need superhero trinkets to make it happen.
So what’s the secret? Stand tall…and sit and sleep that way too!
Most of my friends have desk jobs and sit in front of computers for the majority of the day. Sadly, many of them also have the posture to prove it. They joke about it, but poor posture impacts your energy levels via your metabolism, your power, and your sex-appeal.
When you slump, your lungs don’t inflate as fully as they do with good posture, and you miss out on getting a full supply of air. Air is distributed throughout your body to fuel your metabolism, and metabolism is responsible for your energy levels. It’s also responsible for making you dead sexy by increasing caloric burn.
Try this small experiment with me:
- Holding your arms parallel with the floor, grab your left index finger with your right hand and squeeze. Notice how powerfully you can squeeze.
- Now tilt the right elbow down toward the floor until your right arm is almost perpendicular to your right hand (leave the left arm as it is) and squeeze the left finger again. Not the same is it?
- Move your right elbow up toward the ceiling until it is almost perpendicular to your right hand and squeeze again. Feeling like a wimp yet?
- Congratulations! You just demonstrated how optimal position translates into optimal power. What if you applied that to your abs and back muscles? Makes you want to sit a little taller, doesn’t it?
Now, on to sex-appeal…
What Women Want
We like broad shoulders that taper to narrow waists. Slouch and you lose some of that shoulder broadness while also hiding your waist. Why does this kill your sex appeal? While we may not want you to actually do it, we don’t mind the idea that you could sweep us safely off to your cave when danger lurks. If you aren’t strong enough to maintain your own posture, we wonder if the sabertooth will think you taste like chicken.
What Guys Like
Here’s a big secret for you—men like boobs. The best push-up bra in the world will not help emphasize those particular assets if your posture leaves them sitting at your waist (which is also hidden by slouching). Your figure is much more likely to be called “shapely” if you are standing or sitting tall.
The Superhero Look
So, what does “ideal posture” look like? From the side — while standing — an imaginary line running to the floor from the opening of your ear would line up with the middle of your shoulder, middle of your hip, and middle of the ankle bone that sticks out from the side. From the front, your nose should be in line with your belly button, and an imaginary line should continue down to where it’s perfectly centered between your feet.
If you are seated, ideal posture is the same as standing except that the line stops at your hips. To ensure good posture from the hips down, your feet should be flat on the floor and your knees should be bent to 90 degrees.
Who knew having the energy, power, and sex appeal of a superhero could be so easy?