Lose 10 pounds in 10 seconds? Stop right there. You didn’t really think you could lose 10 pounds that easily, did you?
I’m mean, let’s be real. If you want to literally lose 10 pounds in 10 seconds you’re going to need to perform some sort of unpleasant surgery. Or give birth.
So unless you’re ready to pop, let’s stop looking for the too-good-to-be-true lightening fast results.
But before you go…
Even if there is no magical bullet to lose ten pounds instantly, I CAN tell you how to LOOK ten pounds thinner in about ten seconds.
Ah, now I have your attention!
The secret? Obviously, I’m talking about your posture.
(Pssst… that’s your cue to sit up straighter. You already did? You’re so on top of it!)
Let’s get one thing straight before we jump in. Posture is NOT some held-for-all-eternity position you have to endure. You’re not a statue, okay?
In fact, I really don’t like the word “posture.” Posture has the word “position” attached to it, and is pretty lifeless—even if you’re doing it “right.” A much better word is “alignment.” Alignment is less about any singular position and more about position-ing.
Just like you, your alignment needs to breathe. Your alignment is dynamic. It adapts. It ebbs and flows. It adjusts to your complex movement needs. It considers the relationship between all the parts of your body. When one thing moves, everything moves. Good alignment keeps you connected.
Good “posture,” on the other hand, has the tendency to go out the window as soon as you take your first step. That’s because holding some “perfect position” is exhausting and uncomfortable. It’s unnatural. And it’s anything but healthy.
The nuts and bolts of true dynamic alignment can get a little tricky. But I don’t want you to stress about that right now. Instead, I want you to work on changing your basic habits with my super easy posture hack.
The “Lose 10 Pound in 10 Seconds” Posture Hack
To improve your posture, just sing the song: Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes…
…with one small Disney-inspired twist.
Head, Shoulders, Let It Go.
Let’s break it down.
First, notice where the top of your head is. Now imagine a light shining out from that spot upward toward the ceiling. Then imagine a light shining straight through your body, down into the ground. The two beams of light intersect to create one nice long stream of light. This is your vertical axis. Root your feet into the ground, and imagine the space above your head.
Imagine a beam of light traveling across your collarbones (clavicles). It extends from one shoulder to the other, connecting the inner space of your upper torso. Now imagine a light on each shoulder shining outward toward the wall. Let all these lights merge into a single beam that broadens your shoulders and opens your heart.
Let it go:
Now do one final quick scan. Notice any tension in your body—any place where you are “pulling up” toward the sky and just “let it go.” Imagine your ears dripping directly down toward your shoulders. Imagine your shoulders releasing downward.
Don’t push. Release.
Let your arms hang effortlessly along the side of your legs. Align your feet forward. Now let gravity do the rest. When the body is stacked correctly, you do not have to hold yourself up. Let it go.
There you go. Your Posture Perfect Song to Lose 10 Pounds instantly:
Head, Shoulders, Let it Go.
Give it a try and see how you feel. Better yet, go stand in front of a mirror and then run through this short little ditty and notice how you look. Try it sitting, standing, while playing tennis. The more you visualize and practice better alignment while moving the better.
Why does it work?
Because your body looks better when it’s functioning better. Posture helps keep you moving the way you are supposed to be. Of course, most people know they have poor posture. It’s just a matter of changing the habit.
Need help remembering?
Find a trigger. Choose something you see or do often and use it as a sort of alarm clock to sing your posture song. You could sing it every time you look out a window, pick up your phone, or check your email.
Oh, gee! I have to go pee. Time to think about my Head, Shoulders, “Let it go”!
The more often you do it the sooner it becomes an unconscious pattern.
Now that you have the hack, are you ready to go a little more in-depth? I hope so! Improving your posture can do so much more than making you look 10 pounds thinner. Improving your alignment improves almost every area of health.
Healthy posture means healthier:
- Nervous system
- Heart and cardiovascular system
- Immune system
- and more.
It may seem like a “too good to be true” promise. But unlike the “lose 10 pounds in 10 seconds” lie, this is the real deal. When your alignment is out of whack it can cause major damage to your cells, tissues, and even your DNA. So, do you whole body a favor and take posture seriously.
Stand tall, friends. Stand tall.
Ready to take your posture to the next level?
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