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Wednesday, October 8, 2014 • Posted October 16, 2014
Pain in the back is just…well…a pain, as too many of us know firsthand. A strong, healthy core (think of a tree with a thick, strong trunk), means a healthy back. Low back pain is triggered by some combination of excessive movement, muscle strain or injury to the muscles and ligaments supporting the spine.
Wednesday, October 8, 2014 • Posted October 16, 2014
When we experience letting go (loss), and do it well (learn from it), we increase our ability to hold on to that which is still worth holding on to and to handle it well; we become equipped to face the challenges of life from a position of health and strength (more reflections at
Wednesday, September 24, 2014 • Posted October 3, 2014
On Monday and Friday I teach a Fall Prevention class at the Henry House Assisted Living facility in Blanco. One thing willing and ambulatory participants practice is a gentle squat while holding a support for safety and balance. There’s a fine line that needs to be respected with regard to this exercise.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014 • Posted September 18, 2014
My dear friend and I stood on the front step of his sister’s home today after ringing the doorbell. From inside, we could hear her literally scream with delight (rejoicing because she knew who was at the door). She came quickly to the door, opened it, face beaming; then suddenly burst through in a rush to chase her little dogs which had just escaped the open door and were making for the street.
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 • Posted September 18, 2014
A close friend of mine introduced me to a game show of sorts called “Baggage” (2010-2011 GSN), recently. It’s sort of a newer version of “The Dating Game” (1965-1986 ABC), during which the player picks and chooses whether or not she is willing to accept strange characteristics or behaviors in perspective partners, while preparing to reveal her own ‘baggage,’ in the end.
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 • Posted September 10, 2014
I mentioned recently to one of my morning class participants that I’m pursuing a college education and want to be a psychologist when I grow up. After some discussion we decided that at least I can tell people what doesn’t work. We both laughed at that. The thought came to me of a doctor who smokes, telling you to stop smoking; or an out of shape trainer helping you with your exercise program.
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 • Posted August 20, 2014
All of us hurt ourselves at some time or other. The degree to which we hurt ourselves determines whether or not we’re injured. Injuries always hurt. But hurt doesn’t always mean injured. When we exercise, we often feel a sensation of perceived discomfort, due to micro-trauma to working muscles (which results in growing healthier muscles).
Wednesday, August 13, 2014 • Posted August 14, 2014
Some mistakenly believe we must feel motivated before we can change. There’ll always be a reason to not do what needs to be done. Maybe it’d be easier when school starts, when school’s out, after graduation, after the holidays, after the kid leaves for college, after I get that job, when the slow season arrives, when things pick up a bit; when I feel more motivated… see what I mean?
Wednesday, August 6, 2014 • Posted August 8, 2014
“All that we are is the result of what we have thought.” (Buddha) One doesn’t lift a hand or finger without first the thought to do so, even at the unconscious level. The feelings we feel are the result of thought. Just this evening, my 10 year old daughter said, regarding my 6 year old son, “He never listens!
Wednesday, July 30, 2014 • Posted July 31, 2014
Have you heard: Strong is the new skinny? Among my 8 children, are a couple of teenage girls. Teenage girls tend to worry about how much they weigh, and whether or not they’re perceived as “fat.” Teen girls are more likely to develop bulimia and/or anorexia nervosa than any other group.
Wednesday, July 23, 2014 • Posted July 25, 2014
I tipped you on how to begin pushing your body weight last time. Remember push, pull, rotation, squat and lunge? Now…what about pulling your own weight? That can be a little more challenging, for some. Just as some think of military style push-ups when thinking body weight push; many think of a pull-up or chin-up, when thinking body weight pulls.
Wednesday, July 16, 2014 • Posted July 18, 2014
I tell my clients and class participants to move ‘like you mean it.’ That means, don’t throw your weight around, literally. Move your body (and/or your weights) slowly and deliberately. Our bodies are amazing and can do countless wonderful things. Even so, all human movement can be broken down into five basic movements: push, pull, rotation, squat and single leg (lunge) movements. Let’s talk push.
Wednesday, July 9, 2014 • Posted July 11, 2014
Don’t look now, but… The tendency, when hearing this phrase is, of course, to look. It’s the power of suggestion. From yawning when someone yawns to smiling when someone laughs, it’s an amazing thing; “For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he…” (Proverbs 23:7) Our tendency to follow suggested pathways is an interesting phenomenon in human behavior.
Wednesday, July 2, 2014 • Posted July 3, 2014
Most of us are off balance and don’t realize how much. Many of us have movement dysfunctions and postural distortions from years of repetitive movement. We spend hours each day in front of a computer, seated at a desk, or behind the wheel of a truck or car. We don’t have enough of what’s termed ‘multi-directional, multi-velocity movement patterns.’ When muscles, and the tissues connecting them, are held in the same positions, and perform the same movements repeatedly, they often devel ...
Wednesday, June 25, 2014 • Posted June 26, 2014
I had the choice opportunity to meet and get to know some of our volunteer and employed local heroes this past week. One lieutenant told me that the firefighters’ motto is: Adapt and Overcome. We’d all do well to adopt that, firefighter or not. If life isn’t about adapting and overcoming, I don’t know what it’s about.