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A new research has found that people who walk with a slouched body posture are more likely to feel depressed

Having a good posture is key to maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Your posture plays a huge role in making sure that your bones are well aligned with the rest of your body while the tension in your ligaments and muscles is properly distributed. A person with good posture will have improved blood flow, decreased wear and tear on joints, and experience less shoulder, back, and neck pain than a person with bad posture.

Your posture is determined by your day-to-day habits which are formed over years of repeated behavior. Luckily, you won’t need years to improve your posture. In this article, we will explore 4 things you can do daily that will improve your posture in less than 30 days.

Start Your Day with Stretches

Tight and tense muscles have a major impact on your posture and can lead to a miserable day in the office. A daily stretch can help relieve any tension or pain you may have sustained from sleeping, energize you for the day, improve your posture, decrease back pain, help prevent injury, decrease muscle pain, and improve your body’s flexibility. 

Form a new daily habit of a full-body stretch in the morning; this will allow you to loosen up your muscles and give you a better chance at maintaining a good posture during the day.

Keep Your Sitting Posture in Check

You may have heard of ergonomic chairs, and even ergonomic mouse pads and keyboards, but what does the term ergonomic mean and why is it important? According to Collins, ergonomics is the science that seeks to adapt work or working conditions to suit the worker so that workers can perform activities efficiently and comfortably. An ergonomic chair would be a chair that can be adjusted to give a person the most support and most comfort while they are seated.

Your chair can only do so much though. When you are sitting at your office desk, or even seated behind the wheel of your car, try and practice ergonomic sitting. Most people tend to lean forward while seated, putting unnecessary pressure on the lower back. While seated, sit upright so that your shoulder blades are in line with your hip and make sure your chair’s height is adjusted so that your feet can sit flat on the ground. Your knees should bend at a natural 90-degree angle and legs should remain uncrossed. 

Start Strengthening Your Core Muscles

The muscles in your core can be defined as those that help keep you upright. Exercising these muscles can greatly improve your posture in just a few sessions. Exercises such as planks, deadlifts, squats, and crunches are some of the main exercises you can do to strengthen your core and help you on the road to a better posture.

Relax with Care

Relaxing after a long day at work is a must; however, now is not the time to start slacking on your posture. Watching TV from a couch or while lounging on a bed may be comfortable, but the effect it could have on your muscles later that night may just negate all those good feelings. Watching TV from the wrong position can cause strain in the back and neck muscles, so be sure to give your body ample support during times of relaxation.

Your bed is another important factor in good posture as the right bed can mean the difference between a good night’s sleep and one which leaves a person with more aches and pains than they went to sleep with. Make sure your mattress is hard enough to support your weight but not too hard that it affects your posture while you sleep. If you feel that your current bed is not up to the task, a list of Black Friday mattress deals can help you find a bed that best suits you and your budget.

While forming new habits can be difficult, improving posture can have a huge impact on a person’s everyday health and wellbeing. Start practicing some of these good habits today and you should see an improvement in your overall health almost immediately.


A new research has found that people who walk with a slouched body posture are more likely to feel depressed.

A study from San Francisco State University found that a slouched or despondent body posture can lead to decreased energy and feelings of depression.

But researchers found that mood and energy levels can be increased simply by changing the body posture to an upright position.

Professor of Health Education Erik Peper, writing in the journal Biofeedback, said: “When you choose to put your body in a different mode, it’s harder to drop into depression.”

Previous research has found that exercise and movement can increase energy and happiness. But Erik Peper said these feelings can also be achieved by people sitting in more upright body positions.

He said if people start introducing more body movements into their daily life, it can boost energy levels and improve quality of life.

“It’s very similar to the principle of <<fake it till you make it>> – you can convince your body to have more energy.”

A total of 110 students were asked to walk down a hallway in a slouched position and then skip down the hallway.

Following the exercise, the students were asked to rate their energy levels.

The entire group found that walking in a slouched position decreased energy levels but skipping increased energy.

Students also answered questionnaires to rate how depressed they felt.

Those who felt more depressed reported lower energy levels after slouched walking than those who did not feel depressed.

Slouching has also been linked to causing career problems. Those who walk slouched are perceived as being not vital, reports NBC News.

It is also linked to an increased risk of death and disease, making people look heavier, cutting off circulation and stressing people out.



We all know that eating cheese before bed tends to give you nightmares, but if you are after something a little more erotic then you should definitely try sleeping on your stomach, Hong Kong researchers have discovered.

Those who sleep on their fronts are more likely to have sexy dreams than if they went to bed in other postures.

Prone sleepers reported feeling sensations related to “sex” and “persecution” more frequently than anyone else.

Among the other racy motifs that came up for them were “being tied up”, “being locked up” and “unable to move”.

The researchers said that the increase in sexy thoughts could be because when you are on your front you do not get so much air, so your mind was imagining being constricted when you sleep.

Prone sleepers reported feeling sensations related to “sex” and “persecution” more frequently than anyone else

Prone sleepers reported feeling sensations related to “sex” and “persecution” more frequently than anyone else

The research was carried out by researcher Calvin Kai-Ching Yu, of Shue Yan University in Hong Kong.

He spoke to 670 students, two-thirds of whom were female, and asked them to fill out surveys about their dreams.

The details included how often they occurred, how intense they were and what themes came up.

He also asked them to write down how often they slept on their sides, face down or face up.

Among the other ideas which came to those on their front most frequently was “erotomania”, which is when a person believes they have a secret admirer, often a famous person.

Kai-Ching Yu said: “This study provides the evidence that dream experiences, and in particular dream content, can be influenced by body posture during sleep.

“I believe that the brain during sleep is not at all totally detached from the external world, and stimuli, including those stemming from the environment, are probably incorporated into dream content more often than people observe or are aware of.

“The unconscious brains of the dreamers try to make sense, and even make use of, the external stimuli.”

The study was published in the journal Dreaming.