Posture

Proper body alignment keeps your bones strong and healthy. It puts less stress on the spine. Good posture helps to avoid osteoporosis[6] and headaches[7]. A slouched body posture can lead to feelings of depression or decreased energy[1]. Sitting in a collapsed position looking downward, it is easier to recall hopeless, helpless, powerless, and negative memories, than empowering, positive memories[4]. Slouching can affect how people see you. Good posture radiates confidence, health and vitality[2]. When adopting high power poses we increase feelings of dominance, risk-taking behavior, power, action orientation, pain tolerance, and actual testosterone. High power poses reduce anxiety and stress[3]. A slouched posture can also contribute to digestive problems, including acid reflux, constipation, and hernias[5].

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I try not to sit folded or slouched in sofas or chairs.
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      • [1] Peper E., Lin I-Mei (2012) Increase or Decrease Depression: How Body Postures Influence Your Energy Level. Biofeedback: Fall 2012, Vol. 40, No. 3, pp. 125-130. View
      • [2] Novak, J. Improve your posture. improveyourposture.com View
      • [3] Cuddy, Amy J.C., Caroline A. Wilmuth, and Dana R. Carney. "The Benefit of Power Posing Before a High-Stakes Social Evaluation." Harvard Business School Working Paper, No. 13-027, September 2012. View
      • [4] Gorter, R. & Peper, E. (2011). Fighting cancer-A nontoxic approach to treatment. Berkeley: North Atlantic Books. View
      • [5] Steven Weiniger, Stand Taller — Live Longer. View
      • [6] Hill, D.L. (2013) Good Posture For Strong Bones - View
      • [7] Mongini, F., Evangelista, A., Milani, C., Ferrero, L., Ciccone, G., Ugolini, A., … Galassi, C. (2012). An Educational and Physical Program to Reduce Headache, Neck/Shoulder Pain in a Working Community: A Cluster-Randomized Controlled Trial. PLoS ONE, 7(1), e29637. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0029637. View
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