CHOOSE HEALTH…NOT ILLNESS

Spring Cleaning: Time to Throw Out the Excuses  
Other than New Year’s, there is probably no other time during the year that motivates us to make a fresh start like springtime does. When the warm breezes start blowing, we want to throw open the windows and let the rebirth all around us revitalize our homes and our spirits.

Because it seems natural to clean out the old during this time of year, it’s a great time to come face to face with our excuses for not getting fit and healthy. Excuses pile up just like the clutter that we accumulate in our houses, but it’s time to come clean.

What is your excuse for not choosing health?

I don’t have the time to exercise: This is likely one of the most common excuses. You are busy. You have to work all day (or all night), you have to get the kids to school, you have to cook dinner, go to the grocery store, mow the lawn, change the oil in the car, care for your aging parents—there is simply no time for exercise.

Really?  

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If you don’t make time for exercise, you will have to make time for illness.

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 Consider this. If you do not exercise, you will almost certainly begin experiencing the illness and disease that comes from an inactive lifestyle. When you begin experiencing symptoms, you will have to make an appointment with the doctor, drive to your appointment, wait to be seen, schedule additional tests at the hospital, and wait for your prescriptions to be filled at the pharmacy. And with chronic illness, this scenario will be played out month after month after month. And it takes a lot of time.

Will you find the time in your busy life to see to your medical issues?  

Yes, of course you will. You will make sure that you adjust your schedule and your life to accommodate your illness. So why not adjust your schedule now to accommodate the prevention of illness through exercise? You do have the time; you just have to decide to use it.

The truth is that if you do not make the time for exercise, you will have to make time for illness. And exercise takes a lot less time out of your life than disease.

I don’t like to exercise: Again, a pretty common excuse. But it won’t let you off the hook. Lots of people do not like to exercise, but they make themselves do it anyway. Do you like feeling tired? Do you like being overweight? Do you like having to undergo medical tests? Without exercise, you will feel tired, be overweight and become sick, so it comes down to choosing your ‘dislike.’  

I don’t have the energy to exercise: If you are unfit, you likely have low energy. And when you don’t have much energy, the last thing you can imagine is exercising. But until you become more active, you will not have the energy you so long for. As you begin exercising, you will start having more energy. You won’t start feeling better until you start moving.

It’s just not the right time for me to start working out. “I’ll start working out when…

• I get some decent exercise clothes

• Summer vacation starts

• The kids go back to school

• I get my house organized

• Work lets up

• I have more time

• Life calms down

• The kids get older

• The weather warms up a little

• The weather cools down a little

• Someday…just not today

It will never be the perfect time to start a fitness routine.

You just have to start.

Surrender your excuses

Decide to stop hiding behind your excuses. Make a clean sweep and toss those excuses out. Everybody has excuses for not exercising. The fit and healthy people around you choose to give up the excuses and just do it. That doesn’t mean it is easy for them. It just means that they love feeling energetic, strong, healthy, and empowered enough to push in and get it done.  

You can be that way too.

SCIATICA

Wednesday 3/9/16

SCIATICA…it seems like everyone has this condition. 

Sciatica is a general term used to explain a set of symptoms around the sciatic nerve. Technically, it refers to pain caused by compression or irritation of one or more nerves exiting the lower spine that make up the sciatic nerve.  The sciatic nerve runs from the lower back through the back of each leg, and branches off to parts of the leg and to the foot and toes. Sciatic pain can be experienced anywhere along this nerve route, from the low back, the buttock, the back of the thigh, the calf, the foot or the toes.  There are a number of conditions that can cause sciatica…some of which are:

Spondolythesis

Degenerative Disc Disease (DDD)

Piriformis Syndrome

Lumbar Spinal Stenosis

Lumbar Herniated Disk

Eighty percent of Americans suffer with back pain.  I myself have suffered with back pain since high school.  I was diagnosed with “spondy” when I was 18.  Back then in the 70’s the doctor told my mother on day I would have to have surgery.  Of course, at 18 you think “one day” is a long time off.

It is my belief to battle the above mentioned conditions one has to maintain a daily healthy lifestyle. 

First, exercise is a must.  I know it seems like if you exercise your back will go out, but movement is the number one thing we must do.  To be effective, the sciatica exercises recommended for specific conditions must be done regularly (typically two times daily), and they must be done using the right form. Close attention to posture and body mechanics is the key to both getting the maximum benefit from the exercises and preventing further injury or pain.  

Secondly, nutrition.  Eating a more plant based diet to help keep our weight down and giving our body the best nutrients possible in order to have energy.  Obesity, compresses our spine and discs causes back pain and poor posture.  

Thirdly, have more body work.  Have a monthly chiropractic adjustment and massage scheduled.  I don’t care how healthy you are…life is life!  Life can be thought on us…schedule that massage to work on soft tissue.  Our muscles need to be worked on….kneeded, oxygenated, stretched, released and relaxed.

Chiropractic adjustments are needed…our bones move out of alignment from poor posture, poor habits, repeated patterns, sports, injuries.  Adjustments help line the bones up so they work more optimally.

No one has perfect posture, no one has perfect movement all the time, everyone expierences life daily.  The goal is to practice healthy habits daily…to be a pain free as possible.  

I still have my back issues….

But, they are managed thru exercise, Foundation Training, healthy diet and body work.

No pills, bed rest or excuses for me.  Back pain is real! Life can be tough at times!  We all have choices….

FOUNDATION TRAINING AND NEUROLOGICAL DISORDERS

Monday 2/15/16

I am always talking about FOUNDATION TRAINING and how beneficial it is for absolutely everyone on the planet.  Of course, I think in physical terms because that’s how I am wired.  The more I read and learn…the more I see how FT can help people with neurological decline and/or disorders, such as Alzheimer’s or multiple sclerosis.  

Below I am going to share an article on Alzheimer’s written by Dr Matt Lyon, who is a chiropractor and offers holistic methods in healing.  Wow, to see how FOUNDATION TRAINING can help people not only physically, but also neurologically is absolutely eye opening!

The article talks about how even though there is a genetic aspect in getting Alzheimer’s…what we put into our bodies over the years plays a big role also.  Our brains need fresh foods…not processed, fatty and high in sugar.  The brain needs exercise, movement, fresh air, deep breathing, and as much non stressful lifestyle as possible.  The brain is in charge of communication in every single aspect of our life!    

TAKE TIME TO READ THE ARTICLE

  Boost Your Brain, Mend Your Mind

by Matt Lyon | Feb 5, 2016 | Health and Wellness, Nutirtion | 0 comments

Boost Your Brain, Mend Your Mind

I have had WAY to many friends lately whose parents are exhibiting either full out Alzheimer’s or signs of significant cognitive decline.

There is a lot of wonderful and amazing and COMPLEX information out there about this subject. Rightfully so. It is a complex issue that needs a lot of research and understanding.

From my clinical perspective and experience, here is how I see it: 

Alzheimer’s, and any cognitive decline, is another chronic degenerative disease that is the result of inflammation, unmitigated stress, poor diet, and a sedentary life. It IS preventable and, at least in the very early stages, reversible.

Bad eating habits are really bad for your brain. AD never just comes. Its the fruit of how we have lived. Our cells are made of what we have eaten. 

Poor exercise and movement habits are bad for your brain. 

Emotional constipation and long term stress is REALLY bad for your brain. Sadness, anger, rage, fear, anxiety, loneliness, shame, addiction, and trauma erode your brain health. Your emotional tone and vibration absolutely impacts your energy and body. You are energy first, physical matter second. Its not always what you are eating, but what is eating you. The emotional side of health is probably the biggest factor, in my opinion. 

The insane OVERLOAD of devices like iPhones are a public health nightmare waiting to happen. They increase stress and the Electro Magnetic Frequencies destroy the glial cells of your brain. Bad idea. The devices and pseudo-connectivity is an addiction that has to be looked at squarely. For our conversation, they have to be curtailed in the interest of brain health.

Which thus leads us to deduce the following:

We can optimize brain function and reverse the aging process by moving well, feeling well, thinking well, eating well, loving well, resting well, and living really well.

There are genetic precursors for Alzheimer’s. Yet, epigenetics tells us that genes express based on their environment. You put garbage into your body and mind and you will get garbage out. An unhealthy environment for a cell – bad diet, toxic emotions, no exercise, absolutely plays a role in which genes express.

Eating like we were designed to eat can reverse disease, degeneration, and the aging process. We’ll BRIEFLY discuss below

You can eat perfectly, and if your emotional life is an unconscious toxic waste dump you put yourself in a perpetual stress response unleashing many toxic chemicals that are acid to the brain. Emotional tension and stress can selectively decrease blood and oxygen anywhere in your body. Loneliness, fear, anger, rage, shame, isolation rapidly speed the aging process. Most importantly, we lose our child-like spirit of ENJOYING this beautiful life. I know diets nuts that are anything but well. The oft-found perfectionism in the diet folks is actually a factor in illness. 

Your body was designed to MOVE and to enjoy and feel alive MOVING. When we move, get strong, get long, get fit we are pumping our brain full of GREAT stuff that is critical to long term brain health.

Get off devices and get into relationships, into the sunshine, and into life.

You are not your brain, yet your Life and Person expresses through your brain at this time/space level. When it does not work well, YOU don’t work well. Alzheimer’s, bluntly stated, totally sucks and adds a tremendous burden to people and families. Lets consciously work towards creating healthier and happier brains.

Some quick notes and resources:

Diet: Fascinatingly, Alzheimer’s is now being considered an expression of “Type 3 Diabetes”. What that means is that improper and inefficient sugar metabolism in the brain damages the brain over time. According to Amy Berge, MS, “The research is unambiguous: AD results from a failure of the brain to properly use glucose as a fuel. The connection between glucose handling, insulin signaling and AD is so strong that many study authors now refer to AD as a diabetes of brain.” Amy’s information is astounding and clearly points to the fact that the typical american diet, EVEN IF SOMEONE IS SKINNY, is TERRIBLE for the body and brain. The horrific overuse of high carbohydrate diets, refined grains, incredibly high sugar intakes, and toxic rancid fats is a MAJOR cause of AD and cognitive problems. When we don’t handle sugar well, which happens pretty much 100% of the time with high stress and low nutritional quality diets, we catalyze a slow dump of toxic acid onto our brains.

My clinical mind had the question: “What about those plaques in the brain with aluminum?” This blew my mind – there is an enzyme in the brain that clears out these plaques naturally. However, when there is too much sugar in the brain that is not properly metabolized (Diabetes in the brain), that enzyme gets all used up trying to clear the excess insulin. Too much sugar means too much insulin which means that that amazing house cleaning enzyme gets used up putting out fires. Thus, the “trash” doesn’t get taken out and our brain literally hardens. Makes you think twice about that cheesecake and wine, doesn’t it?

Cutting to the Food chase:

Low and wise carbohydrate diets are superior when it comes to brain function. The research is very clear on this. Yes, I advocate for Paleo TYPE diets.

Get glutens and bad grains OUT of your mouth

Beer, as popular as it is, is sugar as is all alcohol.

GOOD FATS are your friends – Butter, ghee, coconut oils are Wonderful. What is your brain made of? Fat. Feed it what it needs.

Supplement with Omega 3s + Vitamin D

Eat LOTS of greens and low glycemic fruits. Eat healthy proteins + meats.

If you are a vegan, which is totally fine, work with a coach or get good resources on how to NOT go crazy with carbs. There is a LOT of evidence to suggest that plant based diets are associated with slower agin and better health, YET there is also ample evidence to suggest that mediterranean diets and Paleo diets also reverse the aging process. Don’t get stuck on the labels.

Eat to live and to vibrate at a very high level. Get help when you are stuck.

Blueberries, Acai, and the like boost blood flow to brain. MCT oil, L-Carnitine, CoQ-10, Green Tea, DMG, and a balanced food based multivitamin are great for the brain.

HYDRATE – DRINK WATER PEOPLE! You are 70+% Water. DRINK HEALTHY WATER.

Cutting to the Exercise Chase:

Workout smart. If you need, get a trainer that is AWESOME. My friend Kate Murphy is the best, too bad she is in Bozeman, MT. Work with someone that has deep training and understands exercise as a neurological tool. At the very least, get someone you like, trust, and resonates with you. I have been to some really BAD trainers.

In Charlotte, Shane Cuppett is an amazing teacher and coach of FOUNDATION TRAINING, a phenomenal “yoga hack” and primal movement exercise system that will transform your spine, your whole body, how you move, and how you breathe. I think its PHENOMENAL for brain health, spine health, and emotional health. The best part of FOUNDATION TRAINING is its founder and developer, Eric Goodman. Not only is Eric a “Davinci” of human anatomy and function, this amazing work was birthed by his own need to overcome severe and chronic pain. Its probably one of the most effective methods at dealing with structural chronic pain out there.

Lets take this up a notch. Roger Sperry got a Nobel Prize in 1982 for showing that the spine acts as the “windmill” generator creating electricity and energy that feeds the brain. In other words, when your spine moves right your brain is very happy. FOUNDATION TRAINING systematically fires the entire back chain of muscles of the spine – all the way from your feet to your head – in a way that floods your brain with positive energy. I have taken long time chiropractors, elite athletes, and high performance doctors through a simple “Founder” and their whole nervous system and countenance is different and postural changes that typically take months to achieve happen in moments. It did it by changing the brain/body connection. Thus, it creates nonlinear change that affects the entire person. Learn it and do it. Its not just for back pain, its one of the slickest holistic fitness tools out there. This is also the reason I love certain chiropractic approaches, especially Network Spinal Analysis.

FOUNDATION TRAINING works, is easy to learn and can help absolutely everyone to breathe better, move better and feel better!

POSTURE AND BREATHING IS HOW TO START

Tue Jan 19, 2016

Wow…the month of January is just about over!  

How are the resolutions coming?  I know many of you promised yourselves this is the year…the weight is coming off, the marathon is gonna happen, I’m going to that gym 3 days a week…

I believe everyone should be working on their body, the weight issues and whatever fitness goal you choose.  I also believe there is a proper “process” you should go thru to get the most out of your program.  Trust me…if you are overweight for example, don’t jump jump into a h.i.i.t program.  If you have back problems for example, don’t jump into running.  Matter of fact, don’t jump into any workout program until you have been evaluated. 

The most important thing you can do before starting your choosen fitness routine is to get your posture (alignment) checked.  I can promise you… If the body is not in good alignment there will come injury, muscular pain and tightness and/or joint problems.  This will lead to time off or quitting due to the discomfort/pain issues.  

The 3 main principals to be addressed by EVERYONE…from beginners to seasoned exercisers are:

1.POSTURE (ALIGNMENT)

2.BREATHING

3.CONTROL

To be honest…most personal trainers do not focus on this.  I see people in the gym everyday exercising in poor posture…some in extremely poor posture!  This is not helping them.  They are putting more stress on their joints and muscles due to the poor alignment.   The brain is busy making compensation patterns in order to get thru the exercises.  Again, injury, tightness and pain will follow…

Do yourself a favor…learn about your posture and how your body is moving.  You will gain more awareness, strength and mobility just by working on your posture before you ever pick up a weight or jog that first mile.

I want everyone to exercise…whatever form you choose!  Learn to do it safely…efficiently…in as good of form as possible!

Find a posture specialist or someone who includes posture in their fitness assessments.  You will exercise better!

Of course, posture and exercise is what I do.  Contact me for your assessment today!

INGREDIENTS FOR A HEALTHY LIFE

Tue 8/18/15

There are three things we have to have in order to be healthy: Air, food, and water. Together, air, food and water give us life. It is air that feeds us oxygen which keeps all our cells alive. It is food that feeds us nutrients which keeps all our cells alive. It is water that keeps us hydrated, which keeps all our cells alive. Without these three things, we are toast, dried up on a path of destruction.

As essential as air, water and food are, our bodies still need one thing that may be just as essential: Movement!  Our movement and the movement of others around us also brings nourishment to our bodies. In fact, the movements we make and the movements we receive can nourish our brains just like the nutrients from food does. Without movement, without information generated from movement that feeds the brain, the brain will become malnourished and starve. If the brain begins to starve and deteriorate, the body will also lose its resiliency and it, too, will break down.

In order to move their must be communication between our brain and our muscles.  Feed the brain well…feed the body well.  Breathe deeply and often…oxygen feeds cells!  Move deeply and often…movement feeds our soul!  

The world we live in today can be harsh.  Hard work, long days, stress…

Life is life…

It is our responsibility to make the most of our lives.  Make a healthy life a priority.  Eat well…plants, veggies, fresh fruit….daily.  Move often!  Humans are made to move…get up and and do it!  Stand up at your desk, walk down the hall, walk around the building after lunch.  Make yourself do this.  

I am signing off now…time for my walk before I head to the gym and the office.  Let’s have a good day!

ADULT SCOLIOSIS

June 24, 2015

I have noticed from teaching FOUNDATION TRAINING how many adults have developed scoliosis.  I especially see this in my 60 and above age group.  This form of scoliosis develops from a gradual deterioration of the facet joints. This is the same process that causes osteoarthritis of the spine; however, in degenerative scoliosis the pressure of these deteriorating facet joints causes a straight spine, as viewed from the back, to begin to shift so that the spine curves to one side.

Pain is present in some patients, but not all, and is similar to the pain of osteoarthritis of the spine, which is caused by the same joint deterioration process. Patients may experience stiffness and pain in the mid to lower back and/or pain, numbness, and weakness in the legs and feet.  The pain can come from the inflammation of the joint and/or from the musculature surrounding the area.  These muscles will tighten up in order to protect the spine.  

Our spines and joints will deteriorate as we age.  The thing to remember is to take as many preventative measures as possible thru our younger years.

What we eat is important for our joints.  We have to have calcium for strong bones.  We need vitamins and minerals from plants.  We need protein and omega’s from lean meat and fish.  Keeping weight under control keeps constant excess stress off our joints.

Posture!  Poor posture and poor movement from poor posture increase stress on the muscles and joints.  Posture is something that can be improved through FOUNDATION TRAINING.  

Exercise! Our muscles and joints need to be moved.  Joints and muscles need to go thru full range of motion and experience different stresses daily.  Exercise keeps muscle and bones strong…  There are so many forms of exercise available.  There is absolutely no reason for people to not exercise…

Hope this article helps those of you who are noticing a curve in the spine developing.  It’s not to late!!! Learn FOUNDATION TRAINING.  Degeneration is going to happen to all of us.  It’s up to you to manage how well you age.

TAKING RESPONSIBILITY FOR YOUR OWN HEALTH

Friday 6/5/15

Taking responsibility for your own health!  What does this really mean and why is it so difficult?

Taking responsibility for ones own health means making better choices about what you do with your body.  Choices such as a healthy diet…”you really are what you eat”.  Have healthy versions of all the food groups in moderation.  Our bodies need the calories, vitamins, minerals and nutrients from plants, fruits, nuts, and lean meats.  Everyday I see people making poor choices by consuming soda, fried foods, processed foods.  These choices of wanting sugar, salt, and fat are clogging arteries, creating obesity, raising blood pressure and all sorts of other medical problems.

Choosing to exercise is another necessity all of us should be incorporating into daily life…but the majority of people just will not do this for all sorts of lame reasons.  Our bodies are made up of tissue, organs, muscles and bones that have to be exercised and/or moved in order to work efficiently to maintain their health and to function properly.  What’s even worse combining the choice of poor diet and no exercise is the main reason so many Americans are obese, sick, and on medication!  The majority of this is preventable…

Why is taking responsibility for your own health so difficult?  This is a much more difficult question to answer.  Why, so many people choose to eat unhealthy I can not answer.  There is so much information out there about the harmful effects of to much sugar and salt to the body…yet there is a fast food resturant on every corner that will super size your meal, so that you can have extra sugar, salt and fat!

I guess taking a walk after that meal is out…because you are too full?  I do not know?  There is just as much info out there about why you should exercise daily.  I have never read anything where you have to workout like a an Olympian.  Just take a short walk at lunch.  Play a little tennis after work or on the weekends.  Try yoga or Pilates.  Foundation Training can be done in very small increments…anywhere – anytime.  Foundation Training will get blood flowing, stretch tight muscles and give a boost of energy.  But, I keep forgetting…most Americans choose not?

Dr Mercola wrote an article about different problems with the American healthcare system, one of which stated: The Affordable Health Care Act: Getting MORE of What Isn’t Working

The US does not have a health care system; we have a disease-management system dependent on expensive drugs and invasive surgeries. It’s a system with a mission to maximize profits, as opposed to helping people maintain or regain their health. The Affordable Health Care Act is likely to make matters worse rather than better, as the Act does not include any illness prevention strategies. Nor does it contain any measures to rein in out-of-control health care costs related to overcharges. Instead it expands an already flawed model of “care” that is one of the leading causes of both death and bankruptcy for Americans.
Ronald Reagan hit it right on the nose when he said, “Government doesn’t solve problems—it subsidizes them.” Integrative medicine (IM) is a better alternative to the current system, as it offers a combination of conventional medical therapies and complementary or alternative therapies for which there is some high-quality scientific evidence for safety and effectiveness. The more you take responsibility for your own health by nurturing your body, the less you will need to rely on the “disease care” system that passes for health care in this country.
In my opinion this is so true.  

It is up to each and every one of us to regulate what we put in our mouth and how we exercise our bodies.  It is a choice we can each make everyday.  We do not have to make perfect choices all the time.  We need to choose health and exercise over obesity, medication and stress from poor health.