Walk all over.. You.

Posted by on Mar 19, 2013 | 0 comments

Walk all over.. You.

I’ve got two recommendations for you right now…. Walk more, and Walk right! Both hugely important for  your health and, in ways you haven’t imagined, your evolution.

Let’s start with walk more. This is a subset of move more. Move. Very simple. Find excuses. Anywhere. Everywhere. Stand instead of sit. Walk instead of stand. Walk faster when you can. Chase a dog. Let a dog chase you. The more you’re on your feet the more fat you burn. The more you walk the more you keep your muscles intact, flowing, in lubricated operation. Its not going for a walk that is the key. Its being in a walking state as often as possible that makes the difference. Its the subtle movements in our life that make all the difference to our body. They are our fitness foundation. So what is your fitness foundation like right now? You find the time to be on your feet…. or on the seat?

Now that’s the simple. Here’s a bit more: Walking is a complicated collaboration of symphonic movement. From the lift of the foot, to its travel through the air, to its strike on the ground, and the sweep beneath your body… it is a series of choreographed contractions that give rise to your locomotion. Often this locomotion can be derailed by bad habits and patterns.

These show up in all our lower extremity pains. Ankles, knees, hips, toes, the bottoms of our feet, and even into our back, shoulders, and neck. Yep. All these body parts contribute to or diminish your walk, and if they are not dialed in correctly ….. we want to walk less.

See, its easy for someone (like me) to tell you to move more. Move more. But if there are aches, pains, discomforts, or internal fears of certain movement patterns you will instead find excuses to stop and sit. Anyone would. And that is where correcting movement patterns is vital.

Let’s take your left leg and foot for example. The toes, heal, knee, and hip. Each time you lift your left foot the pull of certain muscles within your  joints creates the action. But the creative wisdom of our bodies makes it possible for many linked muscles trains to actually accomplish this task. Too many. Variations of the movement that we see from the outside are born under the skin from mis-patterned muscles that you can’t imagine. All we need is one mispull on the kneecap…. and issues like chondromalasia patellae are off and running. Like the princess and the pea. In the short term this is safe. But over time…  the mis-patterning becomes discomfort. Discomfort becomes pain, and pain becomes injury. To add insult to this injury.. now what is your right foot and leg doing while all this is happening to the left? All this and more occurs during walking.

There is one optimal muscle train that does each job for us 100% correct. And that train is the thread of gold that we are looking for.

Not only does it save you from injury, pain, and discomfort…. but it actually is part of the SpiralKinetic™ foundation for evolution. When your body knows how to move in an optimal state…. you embody more of your you… every day. Your comfort inside of your skin, even if you are not feeling pain or discomfort in that instant, is vital for us to build on. Build a being that excels in all it does…. unimpeded by physiological distractions. 

So begin to pay attention to the way you walk. How you move. How your foot touches the ground. How you experience your gait. Take some time with it and slow down. Dissect it a bit. You may find some things that you didn’t realize were there…. under the skin… waiting for an injury to occur….  curtailing your joy for walking in the first place…. and stopping you from more of the daily movement that your body loves, craves, and rewards you for.

Hallelujah.

 

<This is exactly the work we do here (and more) at SpiralKinetics. Contact Lyric@takegiantsteps.com if you want to discover what is happening for you. Designing your next steps is our specialty.>

 

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The SpiralKinetic™ Body Series: Today’s star – The knee

Posted by on Mar 12, 2013 | 0 comments

The SpiralKinetic™ Body Series: Today’s star – The knee

Hello. Testing. Am I on? Oh, hi. I’m… the knee. Yes, I know. You havent heard from me before. I’m kinda low on the totem pole… so to speak. I only talk to you, some of you, when trouble is afoot (leg humor). When I have just had it with all the agendas, all the running around …. then I speak up and get some respect.

But most often I’m just cruising along here below your hip…. moving only in the sagittal plane. Bending extending, bending exten…. well… not really extending. Ok…. here’s my complaint. You dont ever really extend me. Its always this pseudo-kind-of extension. And then we go right back to bending again. You know what I’d like. What I’d really like?! Stretch the back of me. Oh yeah. Extend me completely. Open up the back of the knee so that my muscles there finally get some freedom. And not just when you’re doing a hamstring stretch. But when you are standing upright. That would be great.

Now, if you’re a person that hyperextends all the time or has an “issue” with one of us…. be careful. Try it slowly… easily…. and not too much. But I will tell you…. us knees…. really want this. Its kind of sexy for us. Strangely enough…. while the back stretches open more, the front closes off more. And muscles that were never shortening and contracting to their fullest in front now get to do just that. Ahhhh…… such joy when you help us out.

If you study us in more detail you’ll find that the distal end of the femur slides on the cartilage/meniscus that is on top of the proximal end of the tibia. If us knees never get completely straight…. we never slide completely into place. You’ll see examples of this when you watch someone walking in high heels and they look somehow “awkward”. So do us a favor…. and straighten those knees!  But never hyperextend us, be careful if you have any injury or pains, and be even incredibly more careful if you are working out with weights.

Alright. I’m done here. Just thought you knee-ded that.

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Plant Muscle: The new ripped body

Posted by on Mar 4, 2013 | 0 comments

Plant Muscle: The new ripped body

Is this the body of the future? In one opinion… MINE… I say hell yes. After years of listening to the battle cry of the protein rich… and how there is no way to build muscle without it, the wind is beginning to shift. People are beginning to realize that it does not take massive amounts of protein to build muscle. The flood of protein can often do more harm than good in actuality. Protein has been linked to Alzheimer’s plaque and other ailments. Its not that protein itself is not good… it is the reliance on it and shoveling large amounts of it into the system that can be detrimental.

How many people know that protein is found in the majority of vegetables (fruits, etc)? It takes protein to make these viable products of life. What’s more ….. the protein is usable by the body and couched in “clean” food, so it goes down right and gets assimilated correctly. The amount of protein is relatively small in fruits and vegetables compared to meat-based diets, but a body, unless it is truly huge, does not need that much at all to sustain itself. It is not the amount of protein that helps sustain muscle….its the amount of calories.

If a muscle does not have enough calories to sustain it, it goes through a process called ketosis. This happens when liver glycogen stores are depleted due to the needs of the body not being met by enough blood serum sugars. The body then begins to convert muscle into an energy source. So to avoid this cascade, that eventually ends in the body cannibalizing its own muscle to survive, enough calories must be maintained to feed the entire machine. So it is calories that are important.

The amount of protein in a plant-based diet is plenty to replenish damaged muscle and new muscle growth. After all….. even during and after a great workout how much protein do you think is really depleted from a muscle in one single day?

Last point on this around something in the same vein. Everyone is all up on supplements. As a regular pilgrimage before a routine begins most people gravitate to the supplement aisle. Remember this one thing….. people did have muscle, a lot of muscle, and could get pretty big, BEFORE there was any such thing as a supplement. Go back a hundred years: no real muscle? Only skinny people? Not likely.

Eat. Please. A whole food plant based diet is king. The attached picture above is from a vegan bodybuilder. No problems there. Methinks we are beginning to head in a great direction.

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Unraveling stress: Your fitness is Inside!

Posted by on Mar 11, 2011 | 2 comments

Unraveling stress: Your fitness is Inside!

The new fitness revolution is … Stress Reduction.

If you’re not working on your stress you’re missing the boat. You’re adding intensity each and every day to an already overburdened system, only making it work harder, increasing the chances of that it may break down.

 

Lowering your stress is really the fountain of youth. Your panacea of pleasure. The road towards longevity.

Every time we “pick up” another additional stress we add it to an already full plate. We have so much to deal with during our day that adding even the most minor, simplest thing may fill our bucket to the brim and put us over the edge. Why did you get that cold last week? Stress.

When we are stressed our body enters an unhealthy state of “fight or flight, shunting its attention and the majority of blood to our core, our spine, and our vital organs. It leaves any areas that need repair behind and just focuses on deep inner protection. This means that a system like digestion gets weakened, skin looses elasticity, and the immune system is no longer a priority (Why would your body care to avoid a cold when it believes you are about to run from a man eating tiger, needing to put the energy into immediate survival?)

We just screw ourselves.

But the problem is … reducing stress is difficult because it is one of the most inactive things we can possible do. It is the act of “not doing” anything.

“So let me see (a client says to me)…. Everything else that I want to accomplish in life I have to put energy into, can attack with a bit of aggression, and make it happen. I can acomplish whatever I want that way. For this I have to do nothing? How do I do that??!”

Exactly.

The art of turning off your stress is a delicate process. Hitting it with a hammer to kick it into gear will not work. You must use the most delicate instrument. And the center piece of this is your inner attention. You inner eye.

Using your inner eye you will be looking to see how you “code” intense moments and thoughts in your life.  Each time we experience a stressful moment we “code” what has made us stressed as either meaningful or as unimportant. If it is unimportant we do not take it on as additional stress. It becomes a moment in time that we rise to, one that we meet with some stressful energy, and then it falls away when it is over. It “disappears” as meaningful from our inner programming. If it codes as important inside (whether it actually is or isn’t) then it stays with us, becomes a part of our ongoing stress, and contributes to our aging and breakdown. Can all stressful events be coded as important? Yep. And in that case we get overloaded very quickly, and avoid handling anything else so that we don’t become overloaded again.

How can you tell if you have coded a stressful moment as important or not? If it churns in your mind. After a stressful situation do you spend time and energy thinking about it? Or does it just disappear into the many events of your day? This will give you your answer.

What a game this all is for us. We can overcome the effects of stress if we find out how we relate to each event. Then we can decide if it really has importance, or is completely unworthy of our continued attention and stress. And you will probably find out that most things are just that…. not worthy of any ongoing stress.



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