Surprising Effects of Posture
and teachers have always corrected us when we slouched to sit up tall
or stand straight. You present better to others or People
will reckon with what you have to say.
research from Ohio University by psychology professor Richard Petty
claims the effect of posture is even more profound, But it turns
out that our posture can also affect how we think about ourselves.
If you sit up straight, you end up convincing yourself by the posture
in mind that while you are sitting or standing in good alignment,
you will believe the positive as well as the negative so be
careful what you are telling yourself or reading.
stress-induced distraction and fatigue, like when you are slumped
over your work or a steering wheel, I give my clients a quick strategy:
simply rotate Shoulders back and down.
posture oxygenates the brain by positioning you in good spinal alignment.
note that the chest is open and not contracted, which symbolizes to
others that you are open and ready to listen to them. Your back is
straight manifesting pride and transmitting your conviction to them.
is fascinating about this new research is this kind of posturing inspires
you to believe in yourself! In other words, sitting tall gives you
that extra self-confidence.
home message is that instead of impressing others, you should impress
yourself. Acting as if will habituate you to the state of mind you
and mind communicate with each other consciously and subconsciously.
The placebo effect can alter the physical. If you believe that the
medicine, surgery or therapy will work, there is a higher probability
that it will. Similarly, the physical can alter perception.
are experiencing pain or fatigue, it will color your mindset. Feel
your body and you can decode your mind.
personal note I find that working on my balance through core exercises
helps me to stabilize emotionally in daily conflicts and obstacles.
When I work out, I try to have a specific intention for my body and
for my mind.
exercise requires good alignment to reap the physical benefit as well
as to prevent injury, it can like good posture give you confidence
in what you are thinking about while you are doing it.
words, think it, do it and become it. For example, when doing walking
lunges try imagining yourself as walking to your next happiness.
Mandel, MA is the author of Turn On Your Inner Light: Fitness for
Body, Mind and Soul, a stress-reduction specialist, motivational
speaker, a personal trainer and mind/body lecturer at Southampton
College. She is the host of the weekly Turn On Your Inner Light
Show on WHLI 1100AM in New York City , produces a weekly wellness
newsletter, and has been featured on radio/ TV and print media. To
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