Laughter is good for our health and since today is April 1st, I thought an April Fools Day Newsletter would be appropriate. I'm hoping you caught on and laughed at all my ridiculous jokes rather than thinking I'd lost my mind! If you didn't receive the newsletter, here are some highlights with commentary below each article:
NOTE: April Fools Day Newsletter is all fake and contains false information! Read for enjoyment; don't follow this advise; keep doing what you're doing. :)
Nothing could be further from the truth, as real research shows us that good posture has many benefits and slouching has none.
This is false. Stress actually causes many negative health effects including high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, obesity, headaches, loss of sleep, depressed immune system, muscle pains, and many other undesirable things. Keep practicing your stress deduction techniques!
Yes, muscles still do move bones, just as they always have. And no, there is no "red fat" and I would recommend keeping your muscles, they are good for you!
This has some truth to it: the Egoscue Tower does cause drastic improvements in posture. Please keep your Tower and continue to use it as your posture and body will thank you. The Tower is a key ingredient in the recipe for a pain free and active life.
I hope you laughed reading this newsletter as I did creating it! Have a wonderful pain free April!
In this blog post I'm going to talk about the components of the successful exercise program. When I talk about successful, I'm not talking about helping you lose 15 pounds over a month or two, or helping you drop 2 dress sizes, or getting you in shape for your wedding.
Successful to me is a lot less about short term visual goals and a lot more about long term health and wellness. If you're overweight, losing 15 pounds is great, but if you don't keep the weight off for good, it had little to no real benefit to your life.
Successful exercise programs help you:
This month I am going to highlight the Bear Crawl. The Bear Crawl is an amazing e-cise that almost everyone can do, but many people do it incorrectly.
When done correctly, the Bear Crawl has many benefits and can improve movement, posture, and performance. When done incorrectly, the Bear Crawl can reinforce bad movement patterns, poor posture, and cause pain and injury.
Nature designed a beautiful and fool-proof way for newborn infants to develop into strong and capable children and then adults. A newborn human baby goes from completely helpless to walking in the first year of life because of this beautiful process. During the first year of life, this process involves 10 sequential yet overlapping phases of physical development which I discussed here. When this process happens as nature intended it, we get healthy, strong, and happy toddlers.
There are however 10 things that can hijack your baby's physical development which can mean your baby is not as healthy, happy, or strong as they could be. When this development is hijacked, your child might be more susceptible to injury, obesity, and chronic pain throughout life.
July is National Park and Recreation Month which is designed to encourage you to get outside and enjoy the many benefits of nature and play. The theme of 2017 National Park and Recreation Month is Get Your Play On!
Is there such a thing as the perfect workout?
Many people, whether they are pro athletes, fitness fanatics, gym rats, or health nuts, are looking for "the perfect workout." Some people believe the perfect workout is a HIIT (high intensity interval training). Others believe the CrossFit WOD (workout of the day) is the best. Super Slow wight lifting is some people's choice. Yoga and Pilates will get a lot of votes also.
The perfect workout is...
Exercising is not the same as being physically active. Many people exercise but very few people are physically active and that's one of the reasons for high rates of obesity, joint problems, balance issues, osteoporosis, arthritis, heart disease, and chronic pain.
You've heard of vitamin C, D, and E, but what's vitamin N?
Well you don't get it by eating fruits and veggies or drinking milk. It doesn't come from red meat or black beans. It's not contained in your multivitamin or superfood shake.
Vitamin N you can only get by going outside, getting away from the hustle and bustle of the city, and heading to the hills where the birds and squirrels hang out. Vitamin N stands for "Nature". And getting a lot of vitamin N is the only way to prevent NDD: Nature Deficit Disorder.
Nature Deficit Disorder was coined by Richard Louv, author of "Last Child in the Woods", "The Nature Principle", and his latest book "Vitamin N". Nature Deficit Disorder is not a medical term but rather a way to discuss the relationship between less time spent outside in nature and the negative health consequences that come with it.
Dr. James Andrews is one of the nations top orthopedic surgeons who has treated many of the top professional athletes in the country, but he spends a lot of his time and energy focused on how we can reduce youth sports injuries. Of the 35 million or so children involved in sports in the US about 10% of those are treated annually for sports related injuries. Dr. Andrews says there are several things that we can do to reduce the number and severity of youth sports injuries (half of which are overuse injuries). He says often the problem starts with parents who think their child is going to be the next LeBron James, Serena Williams, Tom Brady, or Lionel Messi.
The human body is designed to move. In fact the human body, like all creatures on earth, is a direct reflection of the requirements of movement. Form follows function and our bodies were designed by movement for movement. When we stop moving, we start dying. The more we move, and the more variety of movement we do, the healthier we become. Follow the example of kids everywhere: move, run, jump, play, dance, have fun.
The kidding around workout
The difference between play and sports training
Form follows function in the human body
10 design perfections in the human body
About Matt Whitehead
I'm an Egoscue Institute certified Postural Alignment Specialist (PAS) and Advanced Exercise Therapist (AET), certified personal trainer, PatchFitness performer, FiveFingers wearer, trail runner, mountain biker, dad, music lover, environmentalist, and wanna-be slam dunk champion. I will be providing you with the latest posture exercises to help you live, play, and be pain free.