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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.
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  • GABY1948
    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!
    1371 days ago
    WOW!! What a powerful message! emoticon
    Was that a pun emoticon
    If it was, fine emoticon
    Thanks for sharing this link!
    1558 days ago
  • RIGEIN24

    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: http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/ima
    1824 days ago
    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.
    1869 days ago
  • KANOE10
    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.
    1870 days ago
  • NANCY-
    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.
    1870 days ago
  • KANOE10
    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.

    1870 days ago
    Looking forward to checking this out too.
    1870 days ago
    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.
    1870 days ago
    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!)
    1871 days ago
    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!!
    1871 days ago
  • PHOENIX1949
    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.'
    1871 days ago
    I'll have to check out the link when I get to my computer. In the meantime, you made me sit up straight. emoticon
    1871 days ago
    It was an interesting talk. Thanks for pointing it out. Now you've got me thinking...
    1871 days ago
    What I found most interesting was the discovery of TED. Thanks for sharing the link to the video!
    1871 days ago
    Hmmm. I will take a serious look Thanks for the tip
    1871 days ago
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