- Lisa Kelly
How Your Core Impacts Your Mental Health
We’re going to go over on how your posture (and core strength) can affect your mood and stress level … and vice versa.
Take a second and imagine you’re at work, sitting in front of your computer. Or maybe you’re zoning out while scrolling through your phone.
Chances are you’re sitting in a slouch, your shoulders rounded over your chest and abs.
Well did you know that this posture is actually linked with feeling depressed and tired!?
Plus, among other things, it constricts the flow of air into your lungs.
Now, let’s say you catch yourself slouching and so you sit up straight, your chest forward and back arched.
Well … sitting TOO upright – with your ribcage and pelvis pulled in opposite directions – is linked with stress and anxiety.
Just like the slouched posture, it affects airflow in your lungs. It also stimulates the part of your nervous system that’s responsible for your body’s fight or flight response!
The goal is to be STRONG in a NEUTRAL position, not slouching or arching.
Slouching → Proper Posture = Instant Mood Boost!
So how do you do it, consistently?
It takes a little practice to keep an eye on your posture. You may need to set some reminders, like setting an alarm on your phone to alert you to check your posture.
Once you get in the habit of it, it becomes second nature.
Another thing that can make a BIG difference is adding specific core exercises into your routine.
There are dozens of great exercises, but some gold standard moves include planks, bird dogs, glute bridges, and side planks.
The key is to include exercises that keep your core in that all-important neutral position – without encouraging a leaning-forward posture (which can happen with exercises like crunches).
Having a strong, balanced posture helps give you energy and confidence to get the most out of each day, and live your highest quality life!
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