Posture Hacks for Everyday Activities

Posture Hacks for Everyday Activities

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Why is moving through life with good posture so hard? Why are we so prone to schlumping on the couch?

Perhaps modern life is just too convenient. All of that comfort comes at the price of our posture.

But if posture really does affect emotions (and all science says YES!), then paying attention to how we carry out our everyday activities is worth some effort.

Here are a few of my favorite hacks for posture problems in everyday activities.

Posture Problems While Working

Check out your desk set up. When you sit at your desk, do your eyes look down at the keyboard? If so, you may be experiencing neck strain. Do your wrists break at the edge of your keyboard, or are they supported? Can you adjust the height of your desk?

Take a quick look at your desk chair. Does your chair encourage good posture or slouching? Does your chair allow you to sit comfortably without sacrificing alignment? Ideal ergonomics should allow for adjustable height and adjustable arms to help you work with your desk set up rather than against it. Posture isn’t just about the length of your spine. We need to consider how your body is working as a whole.

If you can’t splash out the cash for a fancy desk chair (even though they are totally worth it!), fix what you can to help you sit up straighter. Maybe it’s as simple as a lumbar support pillow. If you’re shorter than 5’3″, having a footrest under your desk takes pressure off the low back. You’ll be able to sit up taller and reap the benefits of a long spine– deeper breathing and a calmer, more thoughtful brain.

You may give some thought to a standing desk, too, if you find you’re a regular desk sloucher. But be warned that doesn’t solve your posture problems! You’ll need to tune in to how you hold your body and shift your weight while standing.

Posture Problems While Driving

Raise your hand if you spend a lot of time in your car.

(I’m raising my hand. You just can’t see me.)

Raise your hand if you have ideal posture while you’re driving.

(I’m not raising my hand. You’re not missing anything.)

You see, I have three kids in three different schools, and they’re each in about two million activities. I decided if I was going to be spending so much time driving, I’d better start paying attention to my posture.

And that’s when I learned this life-changing bit of information…

Take a look at the floor of your car by the driver’s seat. In addition to the brake and gas pedals (and clutch if you’re old school), you’ll see a bit of black rubber in the upper left corner. Do you know what that is?

That’s where your left foot goes!

No, really.

If you put your left foot there– and not tucked under your right leg or curled up on the seat with you– your pelvis is level. Your spine can sit tall. You are in the most balanced posture. Not only that, but your chest will lift rather than be slumped to one side. Doesn’t that sound ideal for an activity where your reaction time is everything?!

There’s another simple way to improve your posture while driving. Raise your rear-view mirror slightly. You’ll force yourself to sit up taller. It’s really as simple as that!

Making these two small changes will greatly improve your posture while driving.

Posture Problems While Doing Dishes

I know, I know. No one likes doing dishes.

(Except for my grandmother– she grew up during the Great Depression, and she always said dirty dishes meant she ate.)

But at the end of a long day, a sink full of dishes often induces some pretty poor posture. Even if all you’re doing is rinsing before putting dishes into the dishwasher (hallelujah!), I’m guessing there are a few posture problems that pop up.

First of all, notice where your shoulders are as you’re holding that heavy pasta pot in the sink. Most likely, your shoulders are up somewhere near your ears. If you can teach yourself to lift with your biceps (in your arms) rather than from your shoulders (and trapezius), you’ll be able to maintain better posture.

Pay attention to where your feet are relative to the sink. If you’re standing too far away from the sink– perhaps because you don’t want to be splashed– you’re likely putting undue pressure on your back. Even if you’re hinged at the hips, your shoulders are likely rounded far to the front. If you stand up nice and close to the sink, you’ll be able to work with a more open chest and reduce the pulling on the low back. And now you have a reason to wear that apron your mom sent you, too.

After you nail good posture in everyday activities, make sure you understand how good posture during exercise boosts benefits.

 

Does Posture Really Affect Emotions?

Does Posture Really Affect Emotions?

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Stop schlumping! Stand up straight! Your mom wasn’t trying to nag you or make you look like a prom queen– she knew your posture affects emotion.

Erik Pepper is a psychologist at the University of San Francisco, and his work focuses on how emotions and thoughts affect energy levels and posture AND how energy levels and posture affect emotions and thoughts.

Our brains receive information from neurons all throughout our body. And the way we hold our body sends the brain particular messages. This is one reason why many people feel emotionally down after a day at work. All of that sitting (and slouching in front of the computer) is sending your brain a message of depressed energy.

Think about it: when you’re excited, your body automatically stands taller with your chin higher and facial muscles engaged. You have open eyes and a relaxed, smiling mouth. When you’re angry, though, the closed posture of crossed arms, slumped shoulders, and clenched jaw sends your brain a very different message.

Your posture embodies your emotions, but your emotions are also sending your brain a message, too. Your brain responds by releasing a hormone appropriate for the situation. That’s the neurological feedback loop at work.

Have you seen Harvard professor Amy Cuddy’s TED talk about Power Poses? In that 2012 presentation, Cuddy raised the idea that by taking particular postures, we can trigger the brain to release beneficial hormones. This concept changed the way people think about how posture affects emotion.

If you can hold your body in ways that actually make you feel more confident and assured, shouldn’t we be practicing that all the time? But like most things in life, our posture is habitually rooted. Changing it, even if we know the benefits of doing so, is hard work.

I think, though, that’s where the real power of Power Poses lies: they are used in specific, trigger events where we need to psyche ourselves up. If we can turn our attention to how our posture affects emotion in big situations, that will raise our awareness at other times as well.

To put it another way, the link between how posture affects emotion is a two way street. Emotion also affects posture. We can use this to our advantage!

The next time you’re feeling low– whether it’s mentally low or physically low– stand tall. Whether you choose to simply hold a power pose or go for a walk (or a skip!), you’ll be flipping the script your brain is writing.

This is not just exercise moving blood around the body to reinvigorate you. This is you taking control to send your brain a message.

And if you’re really feeling like embracing the spirit of how posture affects emotion, take a cue from our Friend Phoebe and let your body take the lead:

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If you’re interested in posture, check out 3 Ways Good Posture During Exercise Boosts Benefits.

10 Ways to Eat Less at Mealtimes

10 Ways to Eat Less at Mealtimes

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If you’ve ever struggled with portion control or being ravenous once you sit down at the table, check out these TEN WAYS TO EAT LESS AT MEALTIMES.

10. Use a smaller plate.  You’ll get the visual cue that you’re eating more food which helps you feel satisfied.

9. Serve food from the kitchen rather than the table family style. Be aware of portion sizes as you serve.

8. After food has been plated in the kitchen, immediately pack up leftovers and put them in the refrigerator. Remove the temptation to go back for seconds (or thirds)!

7. If eating out and ordering an entree, order a to-go box at the same time.  Pack part of the meal immediately upon being served.

6. Rather than ordering an entree, inquire about the size of appetizer portions.

5. Eat fruits and vegetables first. Unless you have blood sugar issues, allow yourself unrestricted portions of fruits and vegetables.

4. Drink a glass of water as soon as you sit down at the table. Most of us are under-hydrated as it is. By drinking water first, you nourish your body with water AND start to fill your stomach without ingesting a single calorie!

3. Chew your food thoroughly. Eat your meal slowly. Savor the tastes.  Allow your brain to get the message that you’re eating and satisfying your hunger.

2. Engage in mealtime conversation.  Again, this gives you time for the brain to give the ‘all full’ signal.

1. Eat only when hungry, not just because everyone else is eating at that time. If you’re not hungry, lead the conversation.

What are your top tips for eating less at mealtime?  I’d love to hear them!

Grab the Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle While You Still Can!

Grab the Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle While You Still Can!

Have you ever wondered how you can make small changes and have a healthier, happier family?

I think about that question pretty much all the time.

That’s why I’m so excited about the Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle. It’s 100+ resources packed with useful tips for real people just like us.

I’ve already had a sneak preview, so I’m trying to figure out my favorite part. Is it the…

  • eCourse Yoga For Healthy Hormones: How To Use Yoga To Boost Your Metabolism Naturally By Balancing Low Thyroid And Adrenals by Marina Gutner ($27.00)
  • Cooking for Hormone Balance. Rebalance Your Hormones with Food by Magdalena Wszelaki ($67.00)
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I think it might be the Build Healthy Habits: Six Weeks to Wellness by ME! ($57.00)

If those don’t sound interesting to you, don’t worry. I haven’t yet mentioned the other 103 resources :).

But rather than paying for individual courses, you can receive the whole bundle for just $29.97.

That sounds like a great deal, but that’s not all…

I am also offering a bonus of my own. Buy through my affiliate link, and you’ll get a FREE enrollment in my six-week Balance Virtual Bootcamp. All you have to do is email me your order number after you buy your healthy living bundle.

Say “yes!” to getting the tools you need for a healthier, happier life by picking up your bundle right now.

But don’t wait too long. The sale ends TODAY at midnight!

P.S. I think this is a great bundle with life-changing resources. But what’s really awesome is the 30-day happiness guarantee. Try it out and if you’re not satisfied, just ask for a refund within 30 days.

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Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle FAQs

Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle FAQs

 

As a Running on Balance reader, you’ve probably received my emails about the Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle.

I’ve been getting some great questions from people looking for more information. So I decided to just answer them all in one place in case you have the same questions.

Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle FAQs

Q1: What am I going to do with 107 eBooks / eCourses? Yikes!

A1: There is no way on earth each of these eBooks / eCourses is relevant to where you are right now! Some of them will have a lot of appeal, and some won’t.

But in most cases, it only takes 3 or 4 eBooks or eCourses that you’re going to use for you to start saving money. So, even though you won’t use every resource in the bundle, it would still be really hard to not save a ton of money anyways.

My eCourse, Building Healthy Habits: Six Weeks to Wellness, normally sells for $57 all by itself!

Q2: With so many resources included, how will I even know where to start?

A2: That’s one of my favorite things about Ultimate Bundles! Each bundle includes a practical Getting Started Guide to help you identify which eBooks and eCourses are most relevant to you. Knowledge is power, but only if you can access it, right?

In addition to the guide, inside your bundle you can narrow down all the products by category or even keywords to help you find exactly what you’re looking for.

Q3: How do I know I’m actually getting good quality products and not just a bunch of “throw-away” eBooks?

A3: For one, over 80,000 people have purchased a Healthy Living Bundle in the last few years, with thousands of folks purchasing the newest edition every single year. That simply doesn’t happen if the bundle is stuffed with “garbage.”

More importantly, as a contributor to the Healthy Living Bundle. I guarantee I wouldn’t take part in something that I felt wasn’t up to my standards.

(And if you’ve known me very long, you know I love to overdeliver.)

Q4: OK, but what if I buy it and don’t like it?

A4: There is a 100% happiness guarantee refund policy. If you don’t love it, just email customerservice@ultimatebundles.com within 30 days to ask for a full refund.

Q5: Can I just wait and purchase it some other time? Isn’t this “limited time only” just a sales gimmick?

A5: You’re right, and I really dislike that gimmick. However, because of the unique nature of this sale (Ultimate Bundles does not have the perpetual right to sell the included eBooks and eCourses), the sale will truly end on September 25th.

That said, included in the author contract is the right for Ultimate Bundles to run one more 48-hour sale at some point during the next 12 months. Although it’s likely to happen for the Healthy Living Bundle (due to its popularity), it’s not guaranteed. The safest way to guarantee that you get your copy is to pick it up before the official expiry **tomorrow** MONDAY September 25th.

I hope that fully answers your questions!! In my opinion, there really is no downside, and there is a ton of upside. But I’ll leave that up to you. Just don’t wait too long, because the sale ends TOMORROW.

 

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A Road Map to Healthy Living

A Road Map to Healthy Living

What’s standing in the way of a healthier life for you and your family?

Is it…

  • Having a Walmart budget when you’d like to shop at Whole Foods?
  • Feeling overwhelming by all the changes you’ll need to make?
  • Wondering how to fit all the healthy tasks into your day (when you’re barely squeezing in the basics as it is)?
  • Confusion over what changes are really important (and which ones to do first)?

I understand where you’re coming from.

I’ve spent ten years working with people who feel the same way. Together, we craft a plan that is realistic and doesn’t overwhelm

Making healthy changes takes time and planning, but I have something to make it easier for you.

For example, what if you could…

  • Learn to replace store-bought products with DIY options that actually work and are easy to make?
  • Discover healthy meal planning secrets that are cheaper (and faster!) than the drive-thru, plus get wholesome recipes your family will love?
  • Access resources like eCourses that teach you what changes you can make (and how to make them)?

The folks at Ultimate Bundles have put together a road map to healthy living just for you!

The popular Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle for the sixth year in a row (hurray!). They’re amazed at how many families are saying “yes!” to their health (over 80,000 and counting!) and taking them up on this super short opportunity to get a complete library of natural living resources for one teeny tiny price.

You sort of need to see it to believe it, but the package includes 107 digital products and it’s worth over $3,680!

For the cost of a small bag of groceries, you’ll get a complete healthy living library to help you:

  • prepare wholesome & delicious real food
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  • breathe new life into your exercise habits
  • learn about important women’s health issues
  • raise exceptionally healthy kids in an unhealthy world
  • deal with digestive issues naturally
  • discover the exercises you need for the best version of yourself
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Plus, it comes with over $160 worth of bonus offers (totally one of my favorite parts!).

Besides being so incredibly helpful and inspiring, one of the things I like best about the bundle is the price. By offering the bundle for a short time only, they’re able to give you access to over $3,680 worth of high-quality eBooks, eCourses and printables for a whopping 99% off!

Here’s how it works:

  1. Visit their website, take a quick look at all the goodness that comes in this package, then click the green “Buy now!” button to go through their simple and secure 3-step checkout process.
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The most important detail, though, is that this bundle is available for just six days! After Monday night, September 25th, the sale ends and you’d have to buy all of these products individually.

Every resource in the bundle is listed HERE.

It’s even backed by a full money-back happiness guarantee, so you can make sure it’s right for you.

No one should have to put off a healthier lifestyle because it costs too much or they can’t get the help they need.

Get what you need for your healthy lifestyle– check out the bundle HERE.

(Psst… the bundle goes away at 11:59pm Eastern on Monday, September 25th, so don’t wait!)

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