“How you carry yourself speaks volumes about how you feel about yourself.”

5 Ways Your Walking Posture Can Affect Your Mood

When you see a person skipping down as he walks, you would instantly assume the person is happy and everything is so perfect in his life. You do wish you had some of that person’s blessings and be able to walk happily and smile all day like nothing can ruin your day. But surprisingly, the way people walk has an implication to their mental state. A person skipping down on the sidewalk is assumed to be joyful by how relaxed he looks, but it could also mean the other way around. A recent study suggests that if you change the way you walk, your mood will instantly change as well. So if you are depressed, it would translate on your posture and walking style. Our body and mind have an unbreakable, powerful connection so it is safe to conclude that your mood affects your body and your body affects your mood. Only holistic approach is the key to maintaining mental and physical health.

  1. Posture can affect your mood.

Individuals who walk upright and straight-backed are more energetic and confident. Research also shows that these individuals are stronger, braver, and are always in good mood. Those who walk in slumped position exhibit negative emotions and are irritable. Posture is proven to have adverse effect on how a person handles stress. If you want to be more resilient, walk upright as it will give you more confidence to handle daily stress.

  1. Posture affects the hormones.

Body language is proven to mold who we are. A person with a better posture has low level of cortisol, a hormone that is attributed to stress. This is the reason why people who walk upright have less stress compared to those who are in diminutive poses. Better posture also makes a person decisive and authoritative due to increased testosterone secretion in the body. People with increased testosterone and decreased cortisol are proven to be good presenters.

  1. Posture can lessen depression.

When a person slouches, he is prone to develop negative feelings. These negative feelings involve stress, depression, and fear. Your response to your environment also depends on how you position yourself when you walk. When you sit up straight, you demonstrate strength. But when you slouch, you show weakness. This can trick your brain to thinking you are mentally distressed causing you to feel more stressed and depressed.

  1. Posture can help you achieve your fitness goal and therefore make you feel victorious.

Exercising is proven to keep you physically and mentally healthy. Good walking posture does the same. If you want to stay fit, you have to practice good posture as you walk. Poor posture will have huge impact on your spine, and other areas of the body such as knees and hips. This will lead to bigger problems such as weak and less flexible bones and muscles hindering your ability to burn more calories. When you can’t exercise, you will be more depressed as your body could not release enough endorphins to keep you in good mood.

  1. Posture makes you pain free, thus keeping you happy and energized.

Poor walking posture can cause pain. For example you walk with your head leaning forward; it may clench your jaw. This will not only lead to headache and facial muscle tightening, but can also cause tooth sensitivity due to worn out enamel. This is not good and in worse cases can cause neck and back paralysis.