Proper posture can never be over emphasised as it goes a long way in determining how people perceive you and how confident you are as a man. The fact is standing up properly helps form a good overall impression about who you are.
Your posture is arguably the first thing people notice about you when you walk into a gathering, and men who tend to stand tall have more stage presence than anything you can imagine. There’s a chance that you can hardly remember any of your favourite male television characters hunched over with their shoulders slumped and drinking a glass of their favourite drink. You will however remember those that stand tall with a good a good posture.
Standing up straight tends to make you look taller, slimmer, and perhaps, most importantly, more confident. Here are what you need to do to have a more Masculine Posture.
How Do You Know What Good Posture Is?
A good Masculine Posture entails standing with a straight back, head up, chest out and stomach in. You should be able to draw a straight line from the tip of your head through your hips down to your feet, without your shoulders and head being pulled forward to curve your spine like an old man.
A good way to test if you are maintaining the right posture is to stand with your back against a wall and your heels six inches away from it, then see how much space there is between the wall and the small of your back. If you have anything more than two inches, it shows that you have a curving spine.
You don’t just look better when you stand up straight, as correct posture allows your muscles, ligaments and tendons to perform at their best and your organs to sit in their proper and convenient place.
Proper Standing Posture
Good quality footwear offers good support. With them, you can stand with your feet shoulder-width apart to keep your body aligned and your knees slightly bent to ease pressure on your hips. Move your weight on the balls of your feet rather than your heels.
If you’re standing with your hands in your pockets, it usually leads to round, slouching shoulders. As such, keep your hands by your side, since they even help to exude more positive body language.
Proper Sitting Posture
Improper sitting posture is one of the things that affects a lot of Young people. If you’re going to spend all day sitting at a desk you better make sure you’re doing it as healthily as possible. Ensure that when you’re walking on a computer, you have the screen at eye level, knees at a 90-degree angle, shoulder blades back and elbows tucked in by your sides.
Avoid stretching your elbows lazily towards the mouse as it is a sure way to having muscle tension. Alternatively, you can choose to invest in an ergonomic chair, otherwise, get a small pillow to support your lower back if you’re sitting for long hours.
Good Exercise Posture
The strong muscles of the stomach helps to keep the body straight. Weak muscles however exaggerate the curve in your lower back and make your stomach stick out. As such, any exercise that’s good for core strength such as the classic plank, sit-up and crunch is great for your posture.
Strong muscles in the upper back also help to keep your shoulder blades sit back in their correct position. Lat pulldowns, rows and scapula retractions are the perfect exercises for food Masculine Posture.