Mindset and Posture: Why Soldiers Stand Tall
Have you ever watched soldiers marching in formation? Perhaps you
attended a military function where the battalion marched on the parade
field or even in a movie. Maybe it was your own child wearing a uniform.
Did the soldier have sagging shoulders or assume a slouched posture?
Training soldiers to establish a strong posture whether they are standing
still in a formation or marching on a parade field has a strong impact to
both the individual as well as the observer.
Standing tall with shoulders back and solid presents a confident
personality. And this practice is backed by research. Results from a study
by the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, Evanston,
IL, USA reported that posture indicates a lot about your self-esteem. The
research linked sitting or standing with expansive posture (wide open and
tall) with personal feelings of power, confidence in decision making, and
Your posture indicates a lot about your self esteem. Another study
completed by the Department of Kinesiology and Health Science, York
University, Toronto, Ontario revealed that people with an upright posture
easily recall positive thoughts and tend to have a stronger self-image. This
can also help them push aside negative thoughts and worry.
If you spend a lot of hours slumped in a chair make it a practice to check
your sitting posture throughout the day. Another strategy is to spend more
time standing while you work. Do you think you’ll get your tasks done more
quickly if you do them standing instead of sitting?
~ Carrie A Medford