RESPONSIBILITY!

MONDAY 2/9/15
As I sit here thinking about what to write about…I feel a little stumped. I could just skip writing anything until something comes to me? Then I start thinking why do I have this need to talk to the people about their health and well being? As a fitness professional it is my responsibility to teach fitness and health. It’s my responsibility to help motivate people to get started, and to keep going. It’s my responsibility to give people hope…
An individual does not have to stay overweight. An individual does not have to stay in pain. An individual does not have to keep repeating the poor lifestyle choices they keep making. Individuals have to change if they want to change!
This is what’s missing in so many genre’s…individuals taking “responsibility” for their own health and well being. I say this with a very sincere heart. Anyone can change and be responsible. Anyone can get educated on health and fitness on the Internet. Anyone should be able to look in the mirror and say, I better get busy doing some things different. If an individual can just get started there is always hope!
Taking responsibility for your body, the way you move it (or lack of moving), the way you feed it, the way you hydrate it, the way you rest it, the way you clean it or anything else is all on you! You are in charge of that body and your health. As for me the trainer or any other trainer, we are here to guide you, help you be accountable, be part of your team working together.
As I close, I do not feel so stumped. I will get out there and get my workout in, eat well, put in a good day at the office, and help whomever crosses my path…this is my responsibility.

ARE YOUR FEET POINTING OUTWARD?

Tue 10/7/14:
Let’s talk a little about the irritating piriformis muscle. A lot of runners have trouble with this muscle. If you have tightness/pain at the top of the hip/glute area it is most likely the piriformis.
Let’s take a look at how you stand. One of our key postural issues regarding the piriformis muscle is the position of our legs below the pelvis. The length and tone of the hip muscles is determined by the ease of the femur bones connection to the hip. Are one or both of your feet pointing outward? If so, you most likely have some sort of piriformis/hip issue. If we stand and walk with our feet always turned out, the length and tone of the hip muscles will change. They will always live in a lax or short state as they are not naturally drawn to their proper length. This is easy to see in people as the displacement of the leg in the hip socket always manifests in the eventual turn out of the foot. Anyone who walks around with their feet splayed has strange things going on in their hip muscles.

For the piriformis muscle this means that if the leg is turned open, or the thighs are pulled forward, it will have no contractile strength and will not be exerting its pull on the sacrum at the back to balance the opposite pull of the psoas major at the front. Obviously if this is the posture that we always inhabit our piriformis muscle is always lax or short.
I remember as a kid my right foot always pointed out. I have a consistently tight right hip/ buttocks issues!!!

The first thing Dr Goodman taught us in Foundation Training was the positioning of our feet. Most of society is walking around with externally rotated femurs and feet. In Foundation Training we do almost all of the work with feet pointed pointed forward and/or internally rotated to work on muscles that have become weak from all the external rotation. I really work on this to alleviate my hip / glute pain. Remember, FT is a way to treat your own symptoms actively…it is not a cure. FT is the best self care treatment available in my opinion! I use it everyday and I am feeling much better and still no back pain!

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