You are a living machine,
requiring daily maintenance.
This site is for those wanting to improve overall health and fitness but don’t know how to begin.
We are all pressed for time. Learn that you don’t have to wait for the perfect schedule to take care of your health and fitness. Learn how to incorporate it into your day, right now. Learn to take control of your well-being with the time that you do have.
In 2011, having no idea where it would lead, I began developing this site. Mainly, my objective was to encourage a practice of daily mindful physical movement and body awareness for everyone.
At the time I had just spent months experimenting with High Intensity Interval Training and thought it was fantastic. As I explored further I realized what I found so meaningful was not the High Intensity part but rather the short intervals. Training in this way helped me to dismiss the old concept of long duration for health and fitness. By 2013, I actually stopped doing HIIT and converted my daily body maintenance practice into a very short morning stretching routine, followed by 30 minutes of swim drills and stretching (3 times per week) on other days I would go for a brisk walk in the woods for about the same amount of time, followed by an evening, before bed short stretching routine – always with the emphasis on body alignment. During the day I naturally kept active but like everyone else (it seems), I spent a lot of time driving and sitting or standing in front of a computer screen. But what I carried away from HIIT was the concept and self-discipline to actually take charge of time. TIME! So simple but so difficult to master. What I was able to achieve in the cumulative 20 second intervals actually changed and shaped my body and health in a way that I would not have imagined had I not experimented for myself. So I carried that concept forward into everyday, mundane chores. I learned to be idle no more (well, not all the time!) HIIT taught me how to become more effective and efficient with time, whether I catch a stretch here or there, tidy the house, send an email, read a few pages, etc. and know that it really does add up. The cumulative effect is huge and meaningful and worth the seconds of time.
However, now having gone beyond (once again), I have been reading the work of biomechanist Katy Bowman, MS. Katy where were you when I was studying Kinesiology? Right probably in high school. I would have to wait until Katy Bowman wrote her three books, developed her website full of DVD’s and downloadable educational “Alignment Snacks” (so cute, affordable and genius!). She gives us the information we need in order to move our bodies correctly, which eliminates chronic pain. Understand the biomechanics of movement and we will stop carrying around the mysteries of aching joints and illness, being at the mercy of physicians, surgeons, Personal Trainers etc. Learn to become your own fitness instructor and reclaim the personal part of personal training! ‘Know thyself’.
After more than half my lifetime of subscribing to out of date exercise regimes (though changing with the times – but always discriminating), I have been in search of and finally found a teacher in Katy Bowman, who not only is super funny, but she is able to teach the science of the human body in a most comprehensive way for all audiences. It does seem odd, doesn’t it, that most humans don’t know the basics of their own human anatomy but rather deliver their body and health to practitioners expecting others to cure their ails?
With an efficient and effective practice of daily body maintenance each day you can achieve improved health and fitness. You can read my bio here to learn how I arrived at this point.
- Use your own bodyweight for resistance to build the functional strength you need. But if your body is not aligned you aren’t weight bearing – easy to correct though :)
- Use this information to help get yourself started on a simple daily body maintenance program.
- Learn stretching routines that support your functional strength.
- Rest & Recovery is equally important to athletic & functional performance as is the actual strength & conditioning component.
- Learn the importance of having regular professional tune-ups by a Registered Massage Therapist or Physiotherapist.
- Stretching musculature and connective tissue is essential to maintaining balanced functional movement of the skeletal structure. Too much focus on the tightening and toning of the body’s musculature can lead to injury.
- Start your day with a 4 Minute Morning – everyday…for the rest of your life!
- Learn and practice the progressions from the 4 Minute Morning series. I do Week 3 – DAY 7 every day. I think of it as my health & fitness insurance should some event in the day derail my exercise or sport plans. But I am learning to maximize even the remote seconds in the day to take care of myself. There is no excuse not to just the lack of knowing how. We all have to start somewhere.
- But before I even step out of bed, each morning I start my day with some gentle stretching in bed. This is the first video of a series: Bed Stretches #1
- Learn how to recognize which whole natural foods fuel your body, which in turn will optimize performance and provide the body with usable nutrients.
- Learn how to recognize what good hydration feels like and practice consuming adequate amounts of water.
- Learn how effective stretching intervals throughout the day can improve your well being.
- Accept that previously conceived ideas around health and fitness have changed and that what may work for some may not be what is right for ALL. Each of us is an experiment of ONE…
“If what you are doing
doing more of it
won’t work any better.”
- Alan Cohen
My intention is to teach you what you need to know
to become accountable
for your own health, fitness and wellbeing.
“Give a Man a Fish,
Feed Him For a Day.
Teach a Man to Fish,
Feed Him For a Lifetime”
I help you to help yourself
be fit and healthy.
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Updated HOME page January 23, 2015