This week's post is written by Elliott Williams, a therapist in our Del Mar Headquarters. Be sure to follow him on Twitter!
Isn’t it funny that we’re always looking at what products our kids use? We pay special attention to what the ingredients are in their toothpaste, or what "extra" stuff is in their baby food. Are there any harmful products in the baby wash? Is there anything on this label that I shouldn't be putting in my child's body?
Yet at some point we stop caring as much, at least about ourselves. Many of us don't worry about what's in our food, or what we are putting in and on our body. If there are certain things that make us feel good, physically, nutritionally or otherwise, why would we stop doing them? Or on the other hand, if we continue to feel badly doing certain things, why would we continue to do them?
Most clients are coming in to our clinics looking at us to be the "expert" that they have been in search for after trying everything for their pain. Many have been to the best doctors and technicians in their area. I know that prior to walking through the clinic doors for my first appointment, I had done the exact same thing. I was looking to everyone else to "fix" me, when all along, the person staring back at me in the mirror was the only one who could do that. I should have been trusting and believing in myself, in my body, from the beginning. And the best part about that is, that I am no different than you. I have a different, height, weight and build for sure, but underneath I am the same person. I have the same bone structure, the same amount of muscles, joints and internal systems. This isn’t an article of how I did it and now you can, this is a story about how we need to take responsibility and when we do, GREAT things will come. Remember, your body knows best, you hold all the answers to your questions, internally and externally. It’s just time to get some help translating the signals that your body is sending you.
Egoscue is that translator, not only helping you understand what your body is telling you, but helping you understand what to do about it. We aren't the "expert" on your body...you are. We simply help interpret the signals your body is sending you. We help you bring balance back to the entire system. Everybody needs a little help here and there, everyone needs some direction, it is up to us, the individual to then stay the course and follow the direction that is given.
I am a Postural Therapist, and can tell you that we don't need to continually diet or be an extremist about what goes in or on our body, but to find moderation. Limit the bad things and increase the good things. And, drink more water than anything else you consume. It's a simple equation, really. You’ll find that inflammation will decrease, you will start to give your body the opportunity it craves to heal, to feel better, that I am sure of. Most importantly, MOVE your body. Muscles move bones, and bones make up the structure that hold all other systems in your body. Therefore if the muscles are not asked to move, the structure is compromised and everything internally is compromised as well.
Doing these things will also help setup the next wave, the next generation, taking them from a largely sedentary state to empowered and motivated. They'll be motivated to maintain health, motivated to inspire their generation. Let's all take a little more care for ourselves, and as Pete always says, with some fire, “DO YOUR MENU!”
QUESTION: What do you do that's good for you?
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I'm not a smoker, but chances are that you are, and you might not even realize it. No, I'm not talking about some new smoking study claiming that smoking is on the rise (it is, just for the record). I'm also not suggesting that you're unknowingly inhaling someone's secondhand smoke (you're not, just for the record).
No, actually, I'm talking about what you're (most likely) doing right this second. Whether you realize it or not, you're smoking. Right now. Yes, this very moment.
Okay...okay...maybe you aren't literally smoking, but you are doing something that is just as detrimental to your health, and ultimately, just as deadly.
Did you know that sitting is now being considered the "new smoking?" Numerous studies are reporting that there are some very ill-effects associated with how much we sit. Health conditions that were once only contributed to smokers--heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and even a higher mortality rate--are now linked to sitting, and all regardless of whether you exercise.
Honestly, you might be better off with a cigarette in your mouth...
Let that sink in for a second.
Hear me out, these studies aren't showing that you might be at risk for some "minor" condition--decreased energy, pain or discomfort, etc.--instead, these studies are claiming you are putting yourself at a significant risk to suffer from one of the conditions I mentioned before. Most Americans sit for 9-10 hours of each day. Some sit for even more than that! It's commonly heard that our clients sit for up to 12 hours per day--that's HALF of your day spent sitting! Check out what that sitting is doing to your body:
- Over 50% increase in lung cancer (remember when I said sitting was the new smoking?)
- 90% increase in Type-2 diabetes
- 112% increased relative risk of diabetes (compared to those who don't sit as much)
- 147% increased relative risk of cardiovascular events (compared to those who don't sit as much)
- 50% increase in all-cause mortality (a similar mortality rate to smoking)
Are you convinced yet? Are you now standing up to finish reading this post?
We have to break the cycle. We have to change our pattern. We owe it to ourselves. We owe it to our health. So, get up and move!
Get your body working, and working as it's designed to do!
QUESTION: How many hours per day are you sitting?