Your spouse tells you you’re gorgeous; your mother that you should put on some lipstick and when you look in the bathroom mirror, the reflection you see isn’t always as pleasing as you’d like it to be.
Artists and architects have tried to measure attractiveness in terms of mathematical proportions. Science tells us that symmetry plays a vital role in our perceptions of attractiveness and perhaps this is because symmetry implies we are healthy.
Are You Symmetrical?
The position of your body (your posture) affects the position of your spine. Symmetry is crucial to good posture. When your body alignment begins to stray from the symmetrical ‘normal’, there are asymmetrical loads placed on your body and these stresses and strains can lead to pain, muscle strain, arthritis, ill-health and an unattractive appearance.
Good symmetry (ideal posture) allows your body tissues to respond well to stress from gravity and other daily activities. When you lose this symmetrical balance (bad posture), the stresses and strains lead to spinal degeneration and poor health and this unattractive posture often leads to lost confidence. Here are three of the most unattractive postures and what you should do to avoid them.
Posture type #1: Forward Head Posture
Forward head posture is a problem associated with lifestyle and particularly, our desk-based lives. If you jut your chin forward as far as you can and then try to take a deep breath in, you will find it very difficult. It is very hard to breathe maximally with forward head posture and it is almost certain that this forward head position will reduce your vital lung capacity. Forward head posture can lead to neck pain, headaches, brain fog and chronic fatigue.
If you know you have forward head posture, you should consider having a Posture Analysis and begin doing some daily chin tucks.
Posture type #2: Slouching Posture
Slouching posture, aka iposture is all about habit and lifestyle. The bags we carry, the hours we spend sitting, our office ergonomics, video games and social media. Perhaps this is why standing desks like the Focal Upright, are trending big time!
Slouching is often the direct result of sitting and as Martha Grogan, cardiologist at the Mayo Clinic, warns: “Sitting is the new smoking!” For me, a daily dose of Posturecise is the answer. Not into daily routines? Well you really need to be, because studies on sitting are beginning to show us that sitting more than 11 hours a day, increases risk of dying by 40% – YIKES!
Posture type #3: Neck Hump
I see a lot of this type of posture. The neck hump is the fatty lump of tissue found over the vertebrae located at the base of the neck. It is usually associated with feelings of self-consciousness, as the hump is often noticeable to others. The causes of neck hump include trauma (particularly car accidents resulting in a reversed neck curve), obesity, some medication, hormones and forward head posture. So often posture type 1 and 3 are seen together.
If you have a noticeable fatty neck hump, you should really make an appointment to see your healthcare provider. More often than not, I have found the majority of these, are due to past traumas and on x-ray, the diagnosis becomes clear – often a reversed neck curve from a past trauma. Don’t be afraid to ask for an x-ray. If you do have a reversed neck curve, you need to know. Unless you rehabilitate the underlying cause, the neck hump will never go away.
Your health and body posture speak volumes about you. How symmetrical you are has been show to affect perceived attractiveness. Not only do you look more attractive with upright posture but you feel more attractive. It is never too late to start improving your posture but the longer you wait, the more difficult it will be to make a significant change.
Don’t wait – start today!