Superhero power pose! Pow!
An awesome little trick that I use to help me find that extra oomph to get me through a tough training session is to stand like a super hero between my sets.
I take a wide stance, stand tall with a proud chest, and head held high for 2 minutes.
Our body language is a great indicator of how we are feeling. Small closed postures can indicate vulnerability, low energy, fear, and lack of confidence – negative feelings. Where open postures that take up space show strength, confidence, and power – positive feelings.
So if our body language can show how we may be feeling, we can reverse that mind-body connection and change how we feel by changing our body language.
A Harvard University study showed that by holding powerful postures for 2 minutes, not only did people feel more confident and were willing to take higher risks, their hormones responded accordingly, showing increased levels of testosterone in anticipation of winning, and decreased levels of the stress hormone cortisol.
Amy Cuddy one of the lead researchers in that study discusses their findings and how our posture not only affects other people’s perceptions of us, but how we perceive ourselves.
Watch her TED talk on the findings HERE and see how not only can you “fake it until you make it” but “fake it until you BECOME it”
So our body language has a lot to say about us – so what message do you want it to say when you next step up to that squat rack?
Do you struggle to drink enough water on a regular basis?
What better time to get into the habit of drinking the wet stuff than during a heat wave??
We often think that being thirsty is a sign of dehydration but in fact your body was crying out for water way before you felt that dry mouth sensation. Tiredness, hunger and headaches, are just a few of the many signs that your body could do with some more fluids.
Already having a well-established habit of drinking water on a regular basis, can make all the difference in coping in these times of heat waves.
Whether you find it hard to remember to drink it or if you simply just don't like the taste of water, there are many handy tricks you can use to help you hit your water goal, that use some basic habit building principals.
The key to building water drinking habits is to :
Read my previous blog 12 TIPS TO HELP YOU DRINK MORE WATER to learn how to apply these principles in building your healthy habit of drinking more water during and post heat wave.