Month: July 2013

How many people can you infect?

“Obesity is the dominant unmet world health issue” – World Health Organization Something that we all have control over, our own bodies, has become an epidemic.  It is literally killing us.  And it is more than a social issue.  It is a financial issue, a behavior issue, and a disease.   We could talk about it or we can each do our part to do something about it!  If there can be an obesity epidemic, could there also be a movement or a fitness epidemic?  Wouldn’t that be awesome?  If everyone in the world moved so much that we became a population that just moved too much?  Our r nought values would soar (r nought being the basic reproductive rate of an infection where the number of cases one case generates on average over the course of its infectious period increases, the larger the value of r nought, the harder it is to control the epidemic).  Imagine a fitness infection! But instead, we have an obesity infection.  There are fast food chains everywhere, so many …

A Refreshing Approach to Movement….big green bums and little blue smurfs

I had the most awesome opportunity to study movement.   Movement that allows possibilities and has less to do with exercise and muscles and more to do with actual mechanics and performance.  Movement defined simply by what direction in space and what orientation in space bones are moving.  Movement as a verb, not a state of being.  Movement that looks at the body holistically.  Movement for anyone looking to create wellness, for anyone seeking a way out of injury or to stay injury-free, and for anyone whose goal is to improve performance.  And movement that looks at the body through the eyes of a six-year old.  That is why one approach to understanding the movement of the pelvis is to imagine a “big green bum”.  And movement that squishes the “little blue smurfs” or stretches them in joints is another approach.  It completely made sense and while it was mentally like running several marathons back to back over the course of four days, it was ridiculously liberating! This was a mentorship I attended offered by …