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. 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 how to take control of your well-being with the time that you do have.
Gosh so much has changed in the world since I started writing this blog in 2011. Having no idea where it would lead, I began developing this site. My objective was to encourage a practice of daily mindful physical movement and body awareness for everyone. Little did I know, chronic illness had been taking a firm hold on me and would grip me in its talons for a decade of Chronic Fatigue from CIRS.
At the time I had just spent months experimenting with High Intensity Interval Training and thought it was fantastic. Exploring further, 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 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. Not to be confused with multi-tasking…The cumulative effect is huge and meaningful and worth the seconds of time.
All the while I was training and getting stronger, simultaneously my body was breaking down on me. Was I just simply aging ahead of my peers? Or burning the candle at both ends? Were my little workouts too much for me, even though I was doing less than I had in the past? I know now, had I been saturating myself with minerals my body might have had a fighting chance. Minerals ARE the fountain of youth. Some fountains (water and soil sources) have excellent quantities of minerals while others are very depleted and often polluted. From my experience, no amount of exercise, massage, physio or surgery will correct chronic pain. The source of our pain is in the imbalance of what’s going on inside our cells. It explains why some people can be exposed to toxins and thrive while others deteriorate and collect diseases. It’s not about bucking up and pushing through the traumas of life but the reality that our planet is sick and most of us are as a result.
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 this information to help get yourself started on a simple daily body maintenance program.
- Use your own body-weight for resistance to build the functional strength you need… Body Alignment Matters. I’ve been playing around with Elements program through GMB Fitness.
- Learn stretching routines that support your functional strength.
- 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.
- Rest & Recovery is equally important to athletic & functional performance, as is the actual strength & conditioning component. Don’t over-train.
- Learn the importance of having regular professional tune-ups by a Registered Massage Therapist, Osteopath, Rolfer or Physiotherapist.
- Practice Meditation daily. I practice Primordial Sound Meditation which I learned through Deepak Chopra’s online Meditation Enrichment education program.
- Saturate your body with essential minerals and nutrients.
- Eat organic non-polluted food, and drink filtered re-mineralized water.
- Detox your body by sweating out toxins with an Infrared Sauna
- Try Red Light Therapy
- Let sunshine get on your body without slathering on sunscreen. Early morning exposure for short periods of time is safer than high noon hours (10-3pm when the sun is at it’s strongest). Don’t burn your skin. Try the SOLIUS which is a UVB Light Therapy, which offers the benefits of the Sun (stimulating Vitamin D) without the harmful rays.
- 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 take action, 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
- Recognize which whole natural foods fuel your body, which in turn will optimize performance and provide the body with usable nutrients. Don’t overeat the same foods. Variety is important. Get food sensitivity testing done if you’re having gut or other health issues.
- Recognize what good hydration feels like and practice consuming adequate amounts of water.
- Learn how your body works in the Anatomy 101 section or through Katy Bowen’s Restorative Exercise Institute.
- Learn how 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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