Most posture advice is just bad, and comparisons like this are the WORST. 😠😠😠
“Efficient posture” here is a just an exploitative combo of old posture myths, vague anatomical jargon (anterior pelvic shift, poor gluteal activation, etc.), and a little bit of macho BS like our natural posture should be as a soldier at attention.
And it makes my blood boil, because we internalize these ideas about ‘good’ posture…
It makes us feel:
⭕️ bad for relaxing.
⭕️ we’re wrong all the time.
⭕️ our muscles are too weak to do the right thing.
⭕️ broken when we try to follow the advice and it doesn’t work.
None of those things are true. AND it causes pain. 😠
Seriously, go ahead and try this posture on for size. Lift the chest, suck in the belly, pull the shoulders back, squeeze the glutes, pull the head up. Add in the psychological torture of trying to get it right and feeling weak/broken when it can’t be sustained.
😠 It’s MISERABLE. Honestly, does the “efficient posture” guy look happy or relaxed?
Images like these are meant to sell, to prey on fear and outdated ideas of pain+posture. It’s not meant to help.
Every single person that I have ever worked with has at least one of these ideas about ‘good’ posture. Practically everyone thinks some muscle or another is unactivated or too weak to have good posture.
And it’s just not true.
In fact, the “inefficient posture” here is actually BETTER than the “efficient” one, because at least it’s a little relaxed.
🤓 Efficiency is defined as the ratio of useful work performed to the total energy expended.
Adding a ton of muscular work to pull the body into a particular shape reduces efficiency.
💡 The answer isn’t more work, it’s less. 💡
Good, efficient posture is about coordinating the body with ease. And it’s natural -- our bodies are well designed, if we allow them to function freely.
If we want to improve that “inefficient posture,” our job is actually to identify where the muscles are doing extra work and getting in the way of that natural ease.
So let go of any ideas of posture that demand hard work, that make us feel unworthy or broken. They’re bad advice. Give permission to relax and release, and then give that permission again.
That’s a first step toward real efficient posture.