Look More Masculine Through Good Posture
Correct the Way You Sit and Stand to Improve Your Posture. You might take it lightly, but bad posture makes you look less masculine. Most problems dealing with posture stem from bad form while you’re sitting or standing. Constantly looking down at your phone is also a posture killer.
The good news is that most problems with posture can be fixed. You just need to break some bad habits. Your posture is one of the areas of your life that can be easily corrected to make you look more masculine. Before you buy some pricey testosterone boosting supplements, try improving your posture naturally.
The Science of Good Posture
There have been a few scientific studies about posture and masculinity. A study published in 2017 found that men who adopted a superhero pose (chest out, fists on hips) experienced a drop in stress and a boost to testosterone levels. The effect was greater if that person just won or accomplished something important to them.
A different type of study published in the journal Biofeedback in 2012, found that people who walked with a slouch experienced a significant drop in their energy levels and mood. Yet, people with good posture while they moved were much happier.
How to Correct Your Posture While Sitting
Men often slouch down in their chair because they think it’s more comfortable or cool to take a super relaxed posture. Slouching in your chair can put serious strain on your lower back muscles over time. It also projects an air of immaturity.
If you’re the type of guy who always slouches in his chair, then you should just stand back up again. Restart the whole sequence and sit back down. This time, just be mindful of your posture and try to keep your back straight and your bottom flat against the seat of the chair.
You can also take notice of your feet while you’re sitting. Most of the time, if you’re slouching in your chair, your feet tend to kick upwards, and you wind up resting on your heels. Try to push your feet back so that they’re flat on the floor and your legs are in a 90-degree angle.
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How to Correct Your Posture While Standing and Moving
Men sometimes lean on one leg while standing in place, especially if you’re waiting for a very long time or carrying an over-the-shoulder bag. Leaning on one leg places your body unevenly around the pelvic area. Again, this is going to wreak havoc on your lower back and core muscles over time.
When you’re standing, it can be helpful to imagine that a string is attached to the top of your head and pulling you upward. This should help to extend your neck and square your gaze. Then, you should try to jut your chin slightly forward and upward. You’ll probably notice that you’ve been pinning your chin to your neck. That’s from all the time you probably spend looking down at your smartphone, computer, or handheld device.
You can also hyperextend your neck by looking upward as far as you can. Hold this position for a few seconds so that you feel the stretch. Then, slowly lower your chin until you no longer feel the strain in your neck. Your head is now level.
Next, you should roll your shoulders backwards and pin them in the rear position. This will help to prevent slouching and it will serve to open and broaden your chest. Finally, adjust your feet so that you’re standing in a broad, well-supported stance. Your feet should be about shoulder width apart.
Here's another helpful posture hack. Extend your arm straight out in front of you at shoulder level with your palm facing toward the sky. Then, bend your arm at the elbow so that your hand comes back toward your face. Keep your arm at a 90-degree angle. If your posture is correct, then your palm should be at eye level.
You can have a more masculine walk by adjusting your posture. Try to avoid shuffling the bottoms of your feet when you move. If you notice a scuffling sound when you walk, then you should lift your feet higher when you step.
Another tip for creating a masculine walk is to roll your shoulders. Try to imagine that there is an arrow pointing outward from the front of your shoulders. When you walk, imagine that each arrow is pointing forward and slightly across your body. Roll the shoulders while you walk in a natural rhythm so that those imaginary arrows take turns pointing outward and across your chest.
This creates a natural bounce or gait. You might find it helpful to practice this walking technique with your favorite song playing. If you want to witness great walking posture, take a look at the classic Saturday Night Fever walk performed by John Travolta.
Is Technology Ruining Your Posture?
How we interact with technology is a big determining factor in improving our posture. You can make positive strides by simply adjusting the way in which you interact with technology. Break these tech habits and you’ll have better posture.
Don’t look down at your smartphone. You’re craning your neck. Instead, hold the smartphone higher so that it reaches eye level. If you don’t want people to think you’re taking pictures of them, just sit down, lean back, and hold the phone a bit higher. This way you don’t have to bend your neck down for extended periods of time.
The tablet has such a large size that it’s hard to hold and operate with good posture. Most people place it down on their desk, bed, or table. You can buy a tablet stand so that you don’t have to always hold the device in your hand. You can also try to place a pillow on your lap while you use your tablet. Lean back more and recline your body so that you don’t strain your back.
Laptop or desktop computer
You might spend hours at the computer and take little thought to your posture. Your neck is craned forward. You’re slouching in your chair and hunching your shoulders. So, make sure that the computer screen is raised to your natural eye level. Given the amount of time you spend in front of a computer, you should make sure that you have the best office chair that you can afford. It should have ample back support and arm rests.
Summing it Up
Your posture is important to your health and mood. It’s also a key component in the level of masculinity that you can project. A rounded spine, slouched shoulders and a buzzard’s neck aren’t projecting an air of casual, confident masculinity.
Take note to lengthen your posture from the top of your head. It’s a simple mental trick that can always make some improvement to your posture in nearly any setting. Fine tune the rest. Work on the way in which you sit, how you walk and the way you interact with technology. It’s mostly bad habits and habits can be changed.
Stay positive and good luck.
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