Posture and movement – a reflection of the soul
Our body, its posture and movement, facial expressions and our mind, as well as our psyche, interact with one another. They influence one another. Our posture and movement patterns, which are carried outwards, influence, for example, how others see, assess and evaluate us.
Body and mind interaction
These processes are the result of an elementary part of our complex system that we call the unconscious. Fear, sadness and a lack of self-confidence can affect the stomach but can also express themselves in a bent posture and fragile movement patterns. Self-confidence, success and joy, on the other hand, straighten us up and ensure spontaneous excess movement, such as jumping for joy. Numerous idioms point to the interaction of inner and outer attitudes. In popular parlance, we should “prove our backbone”, “go straight through life” and “not let ourselves down”. But when worries weigh us down or life situations burden us, it is difficult to maintain composure.
How posture and movement interact
Studies confirm these relationships by showing differences in posture and movement patterns between depressed people and healthy subjects in everyday life (Adolph, D. et al 2021). The researchers recorded posture, gait and mood over two days with portable measuring devices and compared a sample of 35 acutely depressed patients with a sample of 36 healthy people. Compared to the healthy, the depressed people walked more slowly, more bent over and with less dynamism in the up and down movement of the body. In addition, it was found in both the depressed and the healthy that the type of walking could predict mood: If people walked faster and more dynamically within an hour, there was an improvement in positive mood during this period.
Health needs exercise
Negative thoughts and feelings always leave a certain tension in the body. Movement can be used to get rid of this tension. The complex human system is evolutionarily dependent on regular movement. Even moderate exercise, especially if you enjoy doing it, can have lasting effects. It is the muscular contractions that trigger these successes. One of the most important keys to our holistic health lies in the stimulation of the muscles, our largest metabolic organ. The fibrous tissues, so researchers understand, are not just a self-contained system that mechanically propel us forward on instructions from the brain. They also form an important organ system that is connected to all organs of the body. The tissues not only strengthen, but also create positive physical, mental and emotional interaction functions. As soon as muscle fibres start to move, a cocktail of molecular messenger substances is released (including proteins, enzymes and hormones). These have a positive effect on the metabolism in the entire body.
People who exercise regularly or engage in other physical activities are less likely to feel mentally unwell. Researchers from the Universities of Oxford and Yale (2018) showed that those who did physical activity for about 45 minutes three to five times a week felt bad on fewer days. For a study, the team asked more than 1.2 million people in the US several times over the years how often they had felt bad in the past 30 days. The scientists compared this information with the information provided by the participants on physical health, age or occupation. On average, the participants felt bad for 3.4 days per month.
Even moderate movements, such as a relaxed walk, can help improve your mood and make you feel less depressed. It is particularly effective if this is done whilst walking in the woods. This is where the so-called “biophilia effect” occurs ( biophilia = love for life, love for nature). Regular exercise in the forest not only strengthens our immune system, but also increases our well-being. If forest air is inhaled through breathing, including through the skin, then you can enjoy a cocktail of bioactive substances, including terpenes. These are secondary plant substances and essential oils that come from leaves, needles and other parts of plants. In connection with an improved oxygen supply, these cause positive changes in our vital values and our emotional well-being.
The contribution comes from Dr. Dieter Breithecker. He is chairman of the Federal Working Group for Posture and Exercise Promotion e. V. in Wiesbaden.
Sedus – attitude. Since 1871.
With an attitude, a vision, a doer mentality and courage, in 1871, Albert Stoll I. laid the foundation stone for what Sedus is today. 150 years of company history – that’s 150 years rich in ideas, accompanied by groundbreaking innovations, full of great products and solutions.
At Sedus, posture and movement have always played an important role. Our products are not only beautifully designed in terms of shape and design, but also optimised in terms of their ergonomics. This is important both for correct posture when sitting and for the best possible freedom of movement. Office furniture that is healthy and back-friendly also encourages active work. In this way, the monotony of sitting at your own desk and/or chair, can be broken, and movement can be easily integrated into everyday work. For example, with a height-adjustable table. The increased activity simultaneously stimulates the circulation and blood flow, which in turn has positive effects on concentration and productivity.