Blame your Slouched Back for a Lowered Sex Drive

By  ,  Onlymyhealth editorial team
Sep 22, 2014

Slocuhed Back EffectsA slouched posture can do much more harm than you thought. It not only effects your back but, it can also make you depressed, angry or kill your urge to have sex, claims a new study.

It was found by the researchers that people who have a slouched posture make use of more negative words and are more self-conscious and self-absorbed.

When you maintain a good posture, it means that your body is in correct alignment and the natural curves of your body are maintained while sitting, standing or lying down. It is also important to prevent problems like back and neck pain.

Raising concern over growing stressful and sedentary lifestyle, a spokesperson for the Chartered Society of Physiotherapists, Sammy Margo said that our lifestyle has made us to develop bad habits like slouching, slumping and skipping exercise.

 'As well as the more obvious problems, slouching squashes the abdominal area, reducing its supply of oxygen and nutrients.

'This impairs digestion, leading to feelings of lethargy and sluggishness.

Poor posture also leads to shallow breathing. 'When this occurs the body perceives itself to be under attack and this exacerbates feelings of stress, which hampers sleep and energy levels.'

This also indicates that if a person spends lot of time slouching they are very less likely to have very less energy left to have some action in the bed at night.

In this study, 74 people in New Zealand were studied by the researchers to check the effects of slumping or sitting up straight.

At the end of the study the authors concluded 'adopting an upright seated posture in the face of stress can maintain self-esteem, reduce negative mood, and increase positive mood compared to a slumped posture.'

'Furthermore, sitting upright increases rate of speech and reduces self-focus. Sitting upright may be a simple behavioural strategy to help build resilience to stress', they added.

The study has been published in the journal Health Psychology.

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