Cross-training, elastic bands and strong-healthy hands

Many of you know (or maybe you don’t) that I produce the Move Your DNA podcast with biomechanist Katy Bowman. And many of you also know (or maybe not) that I am Canadian. Well, worlds collided recently when the Canadian magazine IMPACT published an article of Katy’s all about cross-training… but likely not the type of cross-training you are used to hearing about. 

Here is a quote: “If you’re a kick-ass runner and you run all the time and you run easily and without pain, your body is probably very adapted to the tissue strengths necessary to run. But say you help a friend move and in lifting a few boxes you are thrown out of commission for a month with a major back spasm. Weren’t you strong? Weren’t you in shape? Weren’t you a regular mover, and doesn’t that mean you were conditioned to move?”

I encourage you to read the entire article, but the gist is that in order to be a fit and active meatsack in this world, we need to address fitness in a more well-rounded way. And to me, that means – yes, we do our daily workouts and engage in the sports we enjoy – but we also must live an active lifestyle that keeps all our moving parts healthy and happy.

Or as Katy says in the article: “Keeping a body moving well requires regular movement that’s distributed both throughout the body and throughout the day.” I couldn’t agree more!

If any of the following topics happen to tickle your fancy, click the underlined text to read or listen.


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In this episode, psychologist Dr. Monica Johnson talks with Monica about the ways in which people with ADHD often struggle with various aspects of behaviour change–whether that’s staying focused on the goal, following through on plans, or resisting impulses that lead them astray. 

Change Academy – Law of Subtraction: Why you should do less to reach your goals
When we become aware of a gap between our present reality and our desired reality, our inclination is to add something. A new practice. A new program. A new effort. But what if the answer were not to add something new but to subtract something that is not working, or not pulling its weight? 


Brock Armstrong Coaching – Can Mindfulness Help Your Fitness?
Our society often thinks that sticking to our exercise goals means we need more grit, motivation, willpower, and even shame (yikes). What I propose instead is believing in mindful integrity rather than brute force discipline.


The Anytime Hand & Wrist Loosener

Do you get stiff and sore wrists and hands during the day? Me too. In this video, I demonstrate a 3-minute routine that you can do anytime and anywhere to keep your hands, wrists and forearms loose and limber.

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