“Engaging in good posture will not only strengthen your core, but will also add a small extra-calorie burn.” Dr. Mehmet, Cardiology
Do you know that having a better posture might help you to lose weight? Here’s how, through better metabolism.
Metabolism basically refers to the energy used in our body from day to day. Whilst basal metabolic rate tells you how much energy you use at rest, it is also important to measure your active metabolic rate, which involves all the energy that you spend actively for daily activity such as exercising. For people with work out regularly, another fancy term named Excess Post-Exercise Oxygen Consumption (EPOC) means that after exercising, your body continues to burn more calories to compensate for the excessive use. In people with better posture, the calories burned through EPOC is very much higher! This is how posture can help with weight loss.
Of course, posture improvement alone doesn't directly get you to lose weight instantly, but it can be one of the very important factors that make weight loss easier or more efficient. Appearance wise, it is said that you will look 3-5 pounds lighter on the outside if you have a good posture. This means that you will look slimmer, younger and healthier!
The Effect of Biomechanics on Calories Burned
Biomechanics is the scientific study of the structure and function of the mechanical aspects of biological systems. It is the science of movement of a living body (kinetic chain), including how the body works as a system to produce movement.
Biomechanics assessment is extremely helpful in identifying overactive or underactive muscles, a common problem faced in modern lifestyle. Through that, activating and developing muscles that are underactive can improve posture and make your training more effective (which means more weight lost!). Activate your muscles and move better now!