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If You Never Have Good Posture, Give Me 5 Minutes And You Will

If You Never Have Good Posture, Give Me 5 Minutes And You Will

Successful power people have something in common. It may not be something you notice explicitly, but if you really pay attention, you’ll notice that they command a room just with their presence. They will have good posture whether sitting, standing, or walking.

While having proper posture will help you command a room and feel more confident, it also has many health benefits. You’ll be less fatigued and build your core, which is a key component to a healthy life.

Do you want to project a powerful, successful image? Here are five things that take less than five minutes each that will help.

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Start a stretching regimen.

Stretching is a great way to become more flexible and have better posture. You can start with the basics by finding a great video or grabbing an article online. Focus on your calves, back, and neck. Flexibility will make you feel better and make perfect posture more comfortable and natural.

Be sure to focus on stretching your back by reaching as high as possible. Try to touch a point about two feet higher than possible, moving to your tippee-toes to do so. Stretch your calves and hamstrings by spreading your legs apart and bending at the waist, reaching to the left, right, and straight down.

Stretching your back and your legs will help give you the flexibility needed for perfect posture.

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Do yoga.

Yoga’s not just for Zen. It’s all about posture. Your core strength will improve and your posture will instantly improve. You don’t have to go to a yoga studio to get started. There are lots of great videos that can get you started with the basics. Also, know that most cable companies offer some basic yoga videos on demand, so you may have access already.

You don’t have to spend hours on this either. Even just five poses for one minute each can help your posture tremendously. And yoga isn’t just for the ladies. Men may even get more out of a quick yoga session since they usually tend to favor muscle-building rather than flexibility exercises, and increased flexibility will help you stand, sit, and walk tall.

Change a chair for a stability ball.

Many people have drastically improved their posture by switching their desk chair for a stability ball. It makes you use your core and ensures proper balance and good posture because if you don’t, you’ll fall!

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Build Your Core.

By finding creative ways to work your core throughout the day, you will strengthen the muscles needed for good posture. So how do you do it? Easy! Breathing exercises are a great way to strengthen your core and get the feeling of perfect posture. Take a deep breath, the kind that makes your ribs rise up a couple inches, and hold it for 10 seconds. Repeat this as many times as feels right. It’s a great way to refocus your thoughts and gives you the core strength needed for good posture.

Practice Makes Perfect.

The number one key to good posture? Being conscious of it! Practice makes perfect. Make a conscious effort to maintain good posture as often as possible. You’ll find your muscle memory taking over and your posture improving each and every day. And practicing is easy and can be done anywhere. Next time you’re at the store, shopping for groceries, walking to your car, or even just sitting at your desk, make a conscious effort to improve your posture.

Good posture can help you improve your life. You’ll feel more confident, command a room, and be more healthy to boot! Just remember, practice makes perfect!  And the best time to get started is now.

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Featured photo credit: laverrue via flickr.com

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Kyle is the founder of Branding Beard. He writes about communication tips on Lifehack.

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Last Updated on September 18, 2020

7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

Learning how to get in shape and set goals is important if you’re looking to live a healthier lifestyle and get closer to your goal weight. While this does require changes to your daily routine, you’ll find that you are able to look and feel better in only two weeks.

Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to get in shape. Although anyone can cover the basics (eat right and exercise), there are some things that I could only learn through trial and error. Let’s cover some of the most important points for how to get in shape in two weeks.

1. Exercise Daily

It is far easier to make exercise a habit if it is a daily one. If you aren’t exercising at all, I recommend starting by exercising a half hour every day. When you only exercise a couple times per week, it is much easier to turn one day off into three days off, a week off, or a month off.

If you are already used to exercising, switching to three or four times a week to fit your schedule may be preferable, but it is a lot harder to maintain a workout program you don’t do every day.

Be careful to not repeat the same exercise routine each day. If you do an intense ab workout one day, try switching it up to general cardio the next. You can also squeeze in a day of light walking to break up the intensity.

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2. Duration Doesn’t Substitute for Intensity

Once you get into the habit of regular exercise, where do you go if you still aren’t reaching your goals? Most people will solve the problem by exercising for longer periods of time, turning forty-minute workouts into two hour stretches. Not only does this drain your time, but it doesn’t work particularly well.

One study shows that “exercising for a whole hour instead of a half does not provide any additional loss in either body weight or fat”[1].

This is great news for both your schedule and your levels of motivation. You’ll likely find it much easier to exercise for 30 minutes a day instead of an hour. In those 30 minutes, do your best to up the intensity to your appropriate edge to get the most out of the time.

3. Acknowledge Your Limits

Many people get frustrated when they plateau in their weight loss or muscle gaining goals as they’re learning how to get in shape. Everyone has an equilibrium and genetic set point where their body wants to remain. This doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve your fitness goals, but don’t be too hard on yourself if you are struggling to lose weight or put on muscle.

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Acknowledging a set point doesn’t mean giving up, but it does mean realizing the obstacles you face.

Expect to hit a plateau in your own fitness results[2]. When you expect a plateau, you can manage around it so you can continue your progress at a more realistic rate. When expectations meet reality, you can avoid dietary crashes.

4. Eat Healthy, Not Just Food That Looks Healthy

Know what you eat. Don’t fuss over minutia like whether you’re getting enough Omega 3’s or tryptophan, but be aware of the big things. Look at the foods you eat regularly and figure out whether they are healthy or not. Don’t get fooled by the deceptively healthy snacks just pretending to be good for you.

The basic nutritional advice includes:

  • Eat unprocessed foods
  • Eat more veggies
  • Use meat as a side dish, not a main course
  • Eat whole grains, not refined grains[3]

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Eat whole grains when you want to learn how to get in shape.

    5. Watch Out for Travel

    Don’t let a four-day holiday interfere with your attempts when you’re learning how to get in shape. I don’t mean that you need to follow your diet and exercise plan without any excursion, but when you are in the first few weeks, still forming habits, be careful that a week long break doesn’t terminate your progress.

    This is also true of schedule changes that leave you suddenly busy or make it difficult to exercise. Have a backup plan so you can be consistent, at least for the first month when you are forming habits.

    If travel is on your schedule and can’t be avoided, make an exercise plan before you go[4], and make sure to pack exercise clothes and an exercise mat as motivation to keep you on track.

    6. Start Slow

    Ever start an exercise plan by running ten miles and then puking your guts out? Maybe you aren’t that extreme, but burnout is common early on when learning how to get in shape. You have a lifetime to be healthy, so don’t try to go from couch potato to athletic superstar in a week.

    If you are starting a running regime, for example, run less than you can to start. Starting strength training? Work with less weight than you could theoretically lift. Increasing intensity and pushing yourself can come later when your body becomes comfortable with regular exercise.

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    7. Be Careful When Choosing a Workout Partner

    Should you have a workout partner? That depends. Workout partners can help you stay motivated and make exercising more fun. But they can also stop you from reaching your goals.

    My suggestion would be to have a workout partner, but when you start to plateau (either in physical ability, weight loss/gain, or overall health) and you haven’t reached your goals, consider mixing things up a bit.

    If you plateau, you may need to make changes to continue improving. In this case it’s important to talk to your workout partner about the changes you want to make, and if they don’t seem motivated to continue, offer a thirty day break where you both try different activities.

    I notice that guys working out together tend to match strength after a brief adjustment phase. Even if both are trying to improve, something seems to stall improvement once they reach a certain point. I found that I was able to lift as much as 30-50% more after taking a short break from my regular workout partner.

    Final Thoughts

    Learning how to get in shape in as little as two weeks sounds daunting, but if you’re motivated and have the time and energy to devote to it, it’s certainly possible.

    Find an exercise routine that works for you, eat healthy, drink lots of water, and watch as the transformation begins.

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