There are foundational principles that are supportive of all human beings having their best chance at health, foundational truths that are not going to change. They were true 10,000 years ago, they’re true now, and they’ll be true generations from now.
A very important foundational principle of physical and mental health is strength. I’ve already outlined how important it is to maintain your lean body mass. If you do not give a signal to your muscles, bones, and connective tissues that they’re needed, they will atrophy, meaning they will shrink. Your body is into energy conservation. If you’re not using it, you will lose it.
PHYSICAL ACTIVITY AND MOVEMENT PART 9
This week we’re going to discuss the first primary principle of an effective movement program for sustained physical health. When I’m consulting with patients in my office, the vast majority of middle-aged individuals already exhibit forward neck lean and have rounded shoulders. Generally, they already have neck pain and headaches. This is often due to abnormal posture. They also typically have tight hips, a tight posterior chain—meaning the muscles that go all the way down their back to the base of their feet—and poor overall core strength.
I’m going to go ahead and outline the general approach to physical activity that supports a long, healthy lifespan. I want to make sure you know what we’re covering, and give you some actionable steps. I do believe this preliminary material I’m providing you is foundational to developing a proper movement habit, but I want you to be able to go ahead and get started.
This is my new series on the many benefits of physical movement. Our bodies and minds are designed for activity. Just think about how we’re made: muscles, tendons, ligaments, bones, connective tissues, extremities. It’s clear that the physical use of our bodies is integral to the design of our body.
Science has long proven the link between elevated mood and exercise. Physical exertion releases endorphins, which give the body and brain a natural high that can’t help but improve one’s overall mood and focus. Here are 6 simple mood-boosting exercises that don’t require a lot of time, space, or fancy equipment to accomplish.
Melissa is the office manager at a busy doctor’s office. She is short in stature and has been severely obese for years. Her work is sedentary and very stressful, so she doesn’t get much exercise. She’s gone through a number of significant family stressors over the past several years that adversely influenced her health. Melissa has multiple sclerosis (MS) and has been treated for it with various medications.