Aaron Alexander: 12 Lifestyle Hacks for Better Posture – Collective Insights

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Key Takeaways

  • Your overall fitness doesn’t start in the gym – it starts from the way you breathe, sit, stand, and walk
  • A non-optimal work environment sets you up for depression by putting you in an anxious position
  • Poor posture creates a traffic jam for the nervous system and disturbs blood flow
  • Your posture affects the way others see you: “If you move in the world in such a way that you don’t believe in yourself, no one will believe you” Aaron Alexander

Intro

Aaron’s New Book – The Align Method

  • The Align Method is a 5-step user manual aimed to add movement back into your life
  • Our environment has been set up to outsource the need for movement
    • You can literally “hunt and gather” food by pressing buttons on your cell phone

What are some of the pitfalls when trying to implement an exercise program?

  • Going too big too soon (like going from your couch to trying to run a marathon)
  • Your overall fitness doesn’t start in the gym – it starts from the way you breathe, sit, stand, and walk
    • Bigger achievements come later

Optimizing Your Work Environment

  • Look around your home or office and ask: “How does this sculpt me?
    • Is your desk facing a wall, with a bad chair that’s too low? – Fix it!
  • A non-optimal work environment sets you up for depression by putting you in an anxious position
    • Get a standing desk, put it near an open window so you get some UVA and UVB rays from the sun, take frequent breaks for fresh air, etc.

Good Sitting Posture

  • Avoid the “sad puppy look” (hunched, head forward)
    • Raise the height of your seat or get on the floor!
    • An easy hack: Picture a string on the back of your head pulling you toward the ceiling

Try 360-Degree Breathing

  • Put your hands on your lower ribs and feel your breath expanding outward
    • You want to breathe through your whole torso
      • If you’re just belly breathing, you’re missing out” – Aaron Alexander

Posture and Diseases

  • If you’re out of alignment, your cells are not going to communicate
    • At some point, you’ll wind up with disease
      • Poor posture creates a traffic jam for the nervous system and disturbs blood flow
  • “Harmony dwells where obstruction does not exist”Aaron Alexander

Remove Negative People From Your Life

  • “Cut those people out of your life that are parasites; they’re leaching on you, in part, because you don’t carry yourself in a way that shows they can’t touch you, so they get in” – Aaron Alexander
    • In simpler terms: Parasites come to a diseased organism

Communicating With Posture

  • Stand in the mirror and check out your body profile
    • Your posture affects the way others see you: “If you move in the world in such a way that you don’t believe in yourself, no one will believe you” Aaron Alexander
  • The way you move—your posture—reflects the way you think
    • Your motion is a product of your emotion
    • You can tell how people are feeling by looking at them
  • Posture affects memory
    • If you’re hunched, you’ll find it easier to access bad memory associations
    • If you’re upright, it’s easier to remember good memories
  • When people use defeated language, their body reflects it

Other Hacks to Help Juggle Life

  • Pay attention and be mindful: to the way you move your eyes, how the breeze feels on your skin, and to the healing sounds around you
  • Focus on creativity
  • Only do the stuff that you can do, outsource what you can’t
  • A coach/mentor is a great investment
  • Hang around people who are where you want to be
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