The Art Of MovementFebruary 6, 2015 at 11:18 am
Movement: Ponder what that term means to you.
The fitness industry and media try too hard to fit movement into a completely scientific and mechanistic realm. We adorn the body with various devices to precisely count the 10,000 steps we strive to take each day, to calculate the number of calories we burn, to measure the rate of our beating heart, and even to track sleeping patterns. We encourage people to exercise 150 minutes every seven days whilst maintaining a heart rate of 64-76% of its maximum estimated rate. We go on to tell them to complete 8-10 resistance exercises for three sets of 10 repetitions. We time our “WOD” with the goal of achieving the shortest time possible, down to the second. We break down the human body into hundreds of different moving parts and attempt to isolate each muscle group.
The Sunlight CureJanuary 7, 2015 at 10:11 am
Humans are intimately connected to the sun and its rhythms. It affects our mood and energy, which have all encompassing effects on how we live and interact with the world. This relationship is never more apparent than when the long, bright days of summer give way to darker autumn nights. The end of daylight savings time darkens moods as much as it darkens the short afternoons.
Achilles’ Heel, Jared’s NeuromaDecember 3, 2014 at 9:44 am
“Achilles heel”: an expression meaning “a weak or vulnerable spot.” Physically speaking, almost everyone has one. Most people are consciously aware of their own weak link and seek out advice on how to manage it. While any area of the body is susceptible, my “Achilles heel” has always been my feet. As I picked up […]
Take a WalkNovember 4, 2014 at 5:00 am
Hippocrates stated that it is man’s best medicine. Thoreau said he could not stay healthy unless he did it for at least four hours every day. Nietzsche pronounced that all great thoughts were conceived while doing it. Mainstream culture is referring to it as “movement superfood.” Me? I am grateful for each step I take […]
The Parable Of The Day-By-DayOctober 9, 2014 at 10:06 am
As you may know, I work on the Fitness Team at the Duke Center for Living at Fearrington. There are eight Exercise Physiologists on our team, and we all share a binder that contains each person’s daily schedule. We call this binder the “Day-by-Day,” abbreviated as “DBD.” The DBD shows what each team member is […]
Simple Relaxation TechniquesSeptember 11, 2014 at 10:15 am
Soothing stress and taming tension does not have to be complicated. Often, the more complicated one makes it, the less effective the intervention is. One does not have to meditate for long periods of time or abandon all responsibilities and commitments in order to obtain a positive energy balance and peace of mind. Outlined below […]
A Dancing FoolAugust 21, 2014 at 6:00 am
The pouring rain pelted my cotton hoodie as I scrambled through the night towards a large, lighted tent. The ground was muddy and uneven; I had to step carefully to avoid slipping. Zydeco music was roaring out of the tent and the bodies inside moved with frantic energy; some jumped, some shook their hips, others […]
Energy Flows Where Attention GoesJuly 1, 2014 at 6:00 am
Makia: The third principle of Huna philosophy. Energy flows where attention goes. Likewise, energy follows intention. It is said that 90% of thoughts are repeated from one day to the next. Are yours worth carrying over to tomorrow? What is your mindset each day? Too many dwell on the past and think pessimistic thoughts of […]
Taking The First Step To FitnessJune 3, 2014 at 6:00 am
“The whole thing just makes me feel really nervous.” I nodded and decided it was best not to smile. “I finally made myself sign up a week ago, and that was difficult enough. Today I sat on my couch and tried to think of as many reasons as I could not to come in. I […]
A Tale of Two Spring AdventuresMay 6, 2014 at 6:00 am
Two perspectives on personal development.