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From Mark Sisson – 15 Reasons to Sprint January 22, 2014

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From Mark Sisson – 15 Reasons to Sprint

I am in agreement with Mark. Good thing about him is he always backs up his arguments with pretty good data. This is really a simple way to add a whole lot to your fitness and well being without lots of time commitment – it is the regularity that counts.

By the way, he doesn’t mention it but I will. If your body is properly aligned there is even more bang for the buck. Every step becomes part of your therapy when your joints are stacked properly. If for example, a knee or hip position is out, sprints may be objectively “good for you” but won’t feel that great, especially afterward. So with that caveat check out Marks post for more reasons why sprinting and interval training in general is a good practice. If you are wondering about your own alignment see my earlier post about how to evaluate your own alignment. Let me know what you find.

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Mark Sisson’s Recent Post About Workout Recovery August 15, 2013

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Mark Sisson’s Recent Post About Workout Recovery

As usual a pretty informed piece from Mark Sisson on the constituents of “recovery” with any exercise program. Use his 7 point recovery evaluation for your own exercise efforts and take stock of what is deficient. Then make some effort on this aspect and take note of the changes in how you feel.

Oh, and by the way, don’t forget the posture component of your workouts. One point that is a little different on the posture component is that in many ways muscles that function to align our body are meant to be “on” basically all the time. So this means that they need some daily input. Thinking in terms of the Paleo paradigm one could say that our ancestors always got the postural input by virtue of daily activity. Now we don’t – we have to basically supplement our lives with meaningful physical activity that serves our whole body’s needs and requirements. That’s the conundrum of our culture. More on that later…

Chris Martenson’s Interview with Mark Sisson, author of “Primal Blueprint” February 14, 2013

Posted by jeffrooney in Alternative health, Athletic training, Brain Health/Body Health, Dieting, Fitness, Food Industry, Movement, Nutrition, The Human Body, Weight Loss, Weight Loss Research.
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Finally listened to Chris Martenson’s recent podcast interview with Mark Sisson of Marks Daily Apple and Primal Blueprint  fame. Very much worth your 30 minutes. He has done his homework on the subject of connecting the dots between our human genetic heritage and how we are meant to eat and move. Check it out here.

Exercise, Human Evolution and the Brain – more research on the connections! December 27, 2012

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My Egoscue colleague from Portland, Matt, posted this interesting article from the NY Times over the past weekend. Take a look:

By GRETCHEN REYNOLDS, in the New York Times

“Anyone whose resolve to exercise in 2013 is a bit shaky might want to consider an emerging scientific view of human evolution. It suggests that we are clever today in part because a million years ago, we could outrun and outwalk most other mammals over long distances. Our brains were shaped and sharpened by movement, the idea goes, and we continue to require regular physical activity in order for our brains to function optimally.”

Click link for more –

http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/12/26/exercise-and-the-ever-smarter-human-brain/?ref=health

What Not To Do For Back Pain November 20, 2012

Posted by jeffrooney in Back Pain, Egoscue, Fitness, Uncategorized.
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Read this article from the NY Times called “How Back Pain Turned Deadly”. It is about the proliferation steroid injections for symptomatic relief of back pain. Over the years I have seen many clients who have gone this route. In some cases it might have been a reasonable choice to dial back the pain. But this article reveals a dark side of the whole endeavor. I recommend seeking the deeper causes of pain issues rather than chasing the symptom. Take a look:

steroids-and-back-pain-an-uneasy-match.html?pagewanted=all

Improve Golf Swing Without Touching a Club – The Secret Revealed November 3, 2012

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http://www.stack.com/2012/10/16/golf-swing/
This is a great article from John Elder of Nashville Egoscue. He explores a premise in our alignment therapy work that – it is the body that you bring to your activity that is a key starting point. So he elaborates a bit on this theme and then gives 3 short exercises to use to set up your body for the golf game and beyond. Don’t be surprised when your game improves – it is your body that just got better!

Short Discussion of Pain Free Book by Pete Egoscue October 17, 2012

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Here is a short but useful commentary on Pain Free by Pete Egoscue. Brian Bradley of Egoscue shares some thoughts on using the book and particularly delves into the subject of the “Eight Laws of Physical Health” on page 28 of the book. This little tutorial gives a sort of macro view of the way The Egoscue Method views human health maintenance. If you are using the book and feel you could use further attention feel free to give me a call or email. This book should be in everyone’s home and is like (or better) having aspirin in the medicine cabinet. It has helped many thousands over the years and I constantly refer to it in my posture alignment practice.

The Couch Potato Goes Global July 20, 2012

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http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/07/18/the-couch-potato-goes-global/

About 3.5 million tons of that global human biomass is due to obesity, a third of which exists in North America, although we account for only 6 percent of the world’s population.

Hmmm, something to be proud of?

22 Bricks on Head, Not Recommend For Those Living in the USA July 9, 2012

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I often use this little video from Bangladesh to illustrate that in our society where much of our labor is a click of a computer key is quite different from situations where physical labor is the order of the day. Hence often the difference in posture. This man may have many problems in his life but poor posture is not one of them. Imagine yourself trying to do this! In our culture a forward head, distorted spinal column and rounded shoulders is the order of the day and a source of many painful conditions.

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