Back Health and Sitting


Mork, P.J., & Westaard, R.H. (2009). Back posture and low back muscle activity in female computer workers: A field study. Clinical Biomechanics, 24, 169-175.

Aim. This study examined the relationship between posture, use of back muscles, and low back pain.         

Method. 21 women (mean age= 43 years + 10) who worked primarily with computers were measured on posture (pelvis and trunk), muscle activity (surface...

Research Topic: Good Posture, Back Health and Sitting

Benefits of Breathing

Slow Breathing and Stress

Pramanic, T., Sharma, H.O., Mishra, S., Mishra, A., Prajapati, R., & Singh, S. (2009). Immediate effect of slow pace Bhastrika Pranayama on blood pressure and heart rate. Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, 15, 293-295. Doi: 10.1089/acm.2008.0440.

Aim. Examine the effect of bhastrika pranayama, a slow yoga breathing practice, on immediate heart rate.

Method. Thirty-nine healthy adults were asked to breathe slowly (as...

Research Topic: Benefits of Breathing, Heart Disease, Relaxation and Stress Management

Benefits of Meditation

Tang, Y., Lu, Q., Fan, M., Yang, Y., & Posner, M.I. (2012). Mechanisms of white matter changes by meditation. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 109, 10570-10574. Doi: 10.1073/pnas.1207817109.

Aim. To examine the effect of mindfulness meditation training (Integrative Body-Mind Training; IMBT) on efficiency of neural processes in brain areas associated with self-regulation.

Method. Participants experienced a 4-week IMBT training or relaxation. Before and...

Research Topic: Benefits of Meditation, Meditation and the Brain, Mood Management

Benefits of Relaxation


Ponce, A.N., Lorber, W., Paul, J.J. Esterlis, I., Barzvi, A., Allen, G.J., & Pescatello, L.S. (2008). Comparisons of varying dosages of relaxation in a corporate setting: Effects on stress reduction. International Journal of Stress Management, 15, 396-407. Doi: 10.1037/a0013992.

Aim. Examine the effects of progressive muscle relaxation (PMR) and mini-relaxation (MR) on stress in a corporate workplace.

Method. Study 1. 104 employees received up to 3 PMR...

Research Topic: Benefits of Relaxation, Relaxation and Stress Management, Mood Management

Chronic Disease and Sitting

Berkowitz, B., & Clark, P. (20 January, 2014). The health hazards of sitting. Washington Post. Retrieved from

A compilation of findings resulted in an informative infografic that can be found at http://apps....

Research Topic: Heart Disease, Importance of Breaks, Chronic Disease and Sitting, Mood Management, Sitting and Leg Functioning