Advertisement -- Learn more about ads on this site.

    WATERMELLEN   95,755
80,000-99,999 SparkPoints

Body language to reduce cortisol

Saturday, April 06, 2013

Have you seen this brilliant TED talk with Amy Cuddy, on how we can change our minds by changing our posture?

She talks about increasing testosterone and reducing cortisol by how we arrange our bodies.

Testosterone is about confidence -- not just "maleness".

We know that excess cortisol is associated with excess weight . . Amy Cuddy doesn't make that connection but she herself is pretty lean, right??

Two minutes a day, not reciting "Every day in every way I am getting better" but just standing in a confidence posture.

Worth a try, right? So many potential benefits!!

Next time I wanna eat something that I shouldn't, I'm gonna try 2 minutes of victory pose! Or 2 minutes of hands on hips!

We'll see how it works.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
GABY1948 8/20/2014 6:14AM

    This is an excellent video....thanks for referring back to it....I have it saved! Again, thanks for sharing so much of your knowledge with us!

Report Inappropriate Comment
GARDENQE2 2/13/2014 7:08PM

    WOW!! What a powerful message! emoticon
Was that a pun emoticon
If it was, fine emoticon
Thanks for sharing this link!

Report Inappropriate Comment
RIGEIN24 5/24/2013 12:09AM

That's the new link and I can attest it really boosts your confidence! Plus the added laugh helps when stressed and doing a pose like this:

Report Inappropriate Comment
SLENDERELLA61 4/8/2013 4:15PM

    Fascinating! I just love the whole idea of it. It seems to make sense to me. I'm going to check out several of those TED presentations later. Looks like an enriching resource. Thanks.

Report Inappropriate Comment
KANOE10 4/7/2013 4:49PM

    This was an interesting talk. I think it is interesting that if you act more powerful, you will feel more confident. Good idea. I liked the TED site topics.

Report Inappropriate Comment
NANCY- 4/7/2013 2:29PM

    Hmmm... I used that power pose with my kids! :) Now to use it on myself. Thank you so much for sharing the talk with us. Let us know how it works for you.

Report Inappropriate Comment
KANOE10 4/7/2013 9:24AM

    Great video. Interesting that if you just act powerful you will feel powerful. It is worth trying and could help with feeling powerful about weight maintenance. It seems like lowering cortisol is becoming more and more important.

I accidentally watched Sir Ken Robison's video on TED,,excellent.

Thanks for sharing. That is a great site.

Report Inappropriate Comment
CRYSTALJEM 4/7/2013 8:50AM

    Looking forward to checking this out too.

Report Inappropriate Comment
BROOKLYN_BORN 4/7/2013 8:26AM

    Definitely worth a try. I should have read this yesterday before I gobbled up all those Pringles. I just typed gobbled? I must be still thinking of that turkey.

Report Inappropriate Comment
PHEBESS 4/6/2013 6:26PM

    I was on an estrogen blocker for a year or two, to treat my endometriosis. I was amazed at the change in my emotions and attitude!!!!!! Seriously, I felt as if I could do anything, accomplish anything - none of those doubts or negative feelings I usually had! Nothing made me emotional, I rarely got upset or had my feelings hurt. It was incredible! I remember realizing that this must be how men feel all the time, or at least most of the time - and how different it was from how I, as a woman, usually felt when my estrogen and progesterone would run rampant all month.

So yes, testosterone is definitely all about confidence!!!!!

(And yes, my voice got deeper! Didn't sprout any extra hair, fortunately!)

Report Inappropriate Comment
MANDELOVICH 4/6/2013 2:36PM

    Thank you for this great reminder about sitting and standing up straighter. Not only is it great hormonally, but it makes us look leaner and is so important for back and abdominal strength. I've toyed over the years with buying a device you put in your bra that beeps when you slouch. I'm always happier when I stand/sit up straight but bad habits are well entrenched in my brain and when I'm not thinking about it, I slouch. Thanks for the link!!

Report Inappropriate Comment
PHOENIX1949 4/6/2013 2:07PM

    Thoroughly enjoyed this & was soon sitting up straighter. My reaction to life's adversities has been to allow myself to slouch! Time to power pose!

Recalled a personal story while listening to her. In my 20's in the 1970's I wore 2 to 3 inch heels and usually had my hair up. Being 5 ft 8 inches in bare feet, my overall height in office attire (over 6 feet) bothered a manager I had (male, 5 ft 6 inches) and he would ask me to sit down before speaking when in his office (I was an administrative assistant). Technology was taking off at that time and I was sent to a 3-day seminar where there were 7 women, including the instructor and myself -- imagine my chagrin to be the shortest person in the group, heels & hair up -- never had happened before and never since!

Thank you for this thought-provoking link. Wonder Woman photo near end of presentation took me back to a photo I had put at my SP profile page of Wonder Woman emerging from the fiery Phoenix. Time to 'fake it until I become it.'

Report Inappropriate Comment
CELIAMINER 4/6/2013 12:25PM

    I'll have to check out the link when I get to my computer. In the meantime, you made me sit up straight. emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
BOOKAPHILE 4/6/2013 11:35AM

    It was an interesting talk. Thanks for pointing it out. Now you've got me thinking...

Report Inappropriate Comment

    What I found most interesting was the discovery of TED. Thanks for sharing the link to the video!

Report Inappropriate Comment
FIRECOM 4/6/2013 10:59AM

    Hmmm. I will take a serious look Thanks for the tip

Report Inappropriate Comment

Add Your Comment to the Blog Post

Log in to post a comment.

Disclaimer: Weight loss results will vary from person to person. No individual result should be seen as a typical result of following the SparkPeople program.

Other Entries by WATERMELLEN