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Practicing What I Preach

You always hear the analogies of how the person in a specific profession is usually the worst case scenario in that field.  For example, the plumber usually needs quite a bit of plumbing work in his own house, the accountant usually needs to fix his own finances, and for me, the Corrective Exercise Specialist, well.., I definitely need to fix my own dysfunctions.  Not only that, just a focus on general health and well being.  I am not going to lie, I get such a rush lifting heavy weights, and seeing the muscle mass and strength increase over time.  But I also understand, that at the age of 47, that type of lifting increases my craving for animal protein, more calories, and just this testosterone enraged middle aged man.  That type of diet, also increases my waistline, my lethargy and my desire to be more sedentary.  As a result, I have decreased quite a bit in my flexibility and thought it was time to assess myself. To say the least, I knew I had “slacked off” on the mobility and flexibility, but for someone who has an asymmetrical pelvis due to a longer left femur, I should absolutely NEVER discount this part of my exercise routine.  I believe the biggest shocker, was seeing that due to my forward head posture (yes, I know how to correct it!), the load on my spine from the weight of my head is almost double of its exact weight. So carrying around an extra 30lbs of fat, on top of an extra 19lbs of force from my forward head posture, that is 49lbs of extra weight that is loading my spine! As much as I want to go into my basement and lift heavy things {“I pick things up; and put them down!}, mobility has to rank higher on the priority scale.  I am going to be 48 in several months, and my body has less recuperating power than it had 10 years ago, so my attention to detail can not be under valued. Here are my assessment results:  

Important notes:  

  • the load on my spine is 29.1lbs due to my forward head posture.  The average weight of the head should be around 16lbs.  This is almost double the load to my spine.  
  • Carrying an extra 30lbs of fat, in combination with the 13lbs of extra torque on my spine, creates a postural overload that will result in being tired and extra lethargy.
  • My asymmetrical weight shift from my longer left femur creates a curvature of the spine. Something I have lived with my entire life. Creates a tightened Quadratus Lumborum in mostly the left side.

My Mobility/Balance Workout

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