One of my favourite authors (and definitely my favourite biomechanist), Katy Bowman, has a new book coming out and it is going to be great! If you are a professional mover, an experienced exerciser, or a new-to-movement newbie, you will discover the big and little ways our body parts move in this new book.
A quick reminder that on March 18 Monica Reinagel will be doing another one of her excellent 30-Day Nutrition Upgrades. I know I have told you about it before but It is that good! It makes so much sense and brings so much clarity (and sanity) to the confusing/annoying/over-complicated world of nutrition.
If you want to join me (yes, I will be there) and Monica for this 30-Day program, or you want to find out more, just go to BrockArmstrong.com/upgrade.
About a month from now, Monica Reinagel is going to be doing another one of her 30-Day Nutrition Upgrades. This is the program that initially convinced me that I wanted to partner with Monica in whatever way I could. It’s that good! It makes so much sense and brings so much clarity (and sanity) to the confusing/annoying/over-complicated world of nutrition.
If you want to join me (yes, I will be there) for this 30-Day program, or you want to find out more, just go to BrockArmstrong.com/upgrade.
I just got back from visiting my family in the frozen white north and I have a pile of laundry and a backlog of emails to answer so I will keep this brief.
Speaking of emails, I was answering an exercise question earlier today that reminded me of this NPR article about back pain, in particular, this quote from biomechanist Katy Bowman: “It’s not as simple as, everyone with back pain, do these four [abdominal] moves, It’s just like dietary nutrition. Just as you need a spectrum of dietary nutrients, you need a spectrum of movements that make the body strong from head to toe.”
I got a wonderful email from a wonderful listener the other day. This is what Wonderful Listener had to say:
“I wanted to drop you a quick note to tell you how much I appreciated your last three podcasts. Each with their own particular spin, reinforced the valuable messages of avoiding all-or-nothing thinking, focusing on what you can do rather than what you can’t, and the power of a little planning, and habits. I’ve heard you speak about these in the past, but I find the reinforcement really valuable. I thought of you recently when I was doing “ladder squats” on the slide when I took some of the grandchildren to the playground.😉”
Before we dig into what I have been up to in the past two weeks, I want to share something I did yesterday that I think you will like (and hopefully emulate).
It was a busy day, with more appointments and hurdles than usual. That meant I didn’t get my usual morning walk and workout in – oh no! But do not fear, dear reader, I had a solution! I just set an alarm on my watch to go off every 30 minutes and when it would go off, I would stop what I was doing and do either:
I know I KNOW. For those of you who celebrate Xmas, today is a terrible day to be sending you an email newsletter! But what can I do? I am a slave to my schedule. So here you go – consider this your pan-religious, pansexual, personal pan pizza winter holiday edition of my Candlenights movement digest.
Quick reminder: enrollment is now open for the next cohort of our fun and mind-changing Weighless program, which will kick off on January 6. If you’re not familiar with our work in the Weighless program, you can check out this replay of a recent workshop (The 5 Things You Need to Succeed) and learn more about us and the program.
We just opened enrollment for the Weighless program and will be starting with a new group on January 6, 2023. And I have to say that Monica and I are pumped to be getting to know the people that we will spend the next year with, solving the puzzle of how to be someone who weighs less (without any of the usual shenanigans that come along with a traditional diet).
You’re a smart, competent adult. You’ve been successful in lots of other things. Now it’s time for you to be successful at becoming someone who weighs less.
If any of the following topics happen to tickle your fancy, click the underlined text to read or listen.
Second Wind Fitness – The Magic of Rolling & Breathing with Jill Miller (TuneUpFitness) In this episode, we talk about Jill’s next book, Body by Breath: The Science and Practice of Physical and Emotional Resilience but we also discuss the efficacy of self-massage, self-myofascial release, and whether you should be using hard or soft foam rollers and other tools.
Change Academy – Why We Sabotage Our Own Success Sometimes, fears about what transformation might cost us can lead us to sabotage our own success. In this episode, we get all of that out in the open, so we can engage with it more intentionally… and more productively.
Change Academy – Acquiring a New Skill Will Require *This* For some endeavours, all you need to succeed is knowledge and a good reason to follow through. Acquiring a skill, however, requires knowledge plus practice. If you expect to succeed at a skill without allowing yourself time to practice, you’re likely to be frustrated.
Brock Armstrong Coaching – Your Past is not Your Future The other day a member of our Weighless program reached out with an anxiety issue. They were convinced that despite all the progress they had made with their eating and exercising habits, they would eventually falter and it would all end up being for naught.
Here is a short clip from my recent Second Wind Fitness podcast episode with Jill Miller. If you are like me, you may think that self-massage needs to be painful to work (no pain, no gain?) but in this clip, Jill sets me straight. Apparently, it doesn’t have to hurt to be effective!
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Before I dive into the podcast episodes, articles and videos… what do you think would happen if you could confidently invest your energy in the things that make the biggest difference? Just imagine seeing your efforts translate into actual progress.
Well, that’s exactly what the assessment that Monica Reinagel and I put together at Weighless.Life/Quiz will help you do.
And don’t worry, this isn’t some Buzz Feed type of shenanigans. This is a scientifically-validated assessment that will score your current abilities and tendencies in six different categories associated with successful weight management. And it’ll only take about 3 minutes to complete. Check it out! We’re pretty proud of it.
I am in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan right now for a family event so I will keep this brief and to the point. As the days get shorter and the weather gets colder, let me remind you that it is never too cold to get outside and move your body. Dress appropriately (layers and bright colours) and if you do get cold, just move more! Problem solved 🙂