How Long is Your Neck?

The other morning I was taking a walk with my one year old daughter strapped to my chest. She was facing me and I had my hands around her low back.

When she is not fast asleep she likes to look around to check out what’s going on in the hood. One of the things I have noticed about babies is that a huge percentage of their movements in the first year . . .

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More on Flexibility and Running Economy

I have previously posted about some studies addressing the relationship between flexibility and running economy. The studies find that less flexibility correlates with greater running economy. The reason is probably that that elastic recoil of muscle and tendon is an important contributor to running power. Just as a golf ball will bounce higher and longer than a squash ball, a stiff runner will

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Movement of the Week: The Hadza Squat

Have you ever noticed that toddlers are champion squatters? They sit into the deep squat with total ease, hang out there for a while, play with some toys, look around aimlessly, eat some dirt, poop their pants, get up again, walk three steps, and then drop down smooth as silk into the deep squat again. And then over and over again, like twenty times in ten minutes, with no sense of effort or fatigue at all….

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Guest Post at Perfect Health Diet Blog

I just did a guest post called How to do Joint Mobility Drills over at the Perfect Health Diet blog, which is written by the brilliant Drs. Jaminet – Paul and his wife Shou-Ching. The Jaminets are frighteningly intelligent. Shou-Ching is a molecular biologist and cancer researcher at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard […]

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Movement of the Week: Gebr v. Tergat

Ethiopian athlete Haile Gebrselassie and Paul ...

I am not a big fan of running. I’ve always played ball sports like tennis, squash and soccer. So I will run, but only when I’m chasing after a ball. Otherwise, what’s the point? I honestly cannot understand how people slog away mile after mile on their feet or on a bike or in a pool doing the same thing over and over again. And they seem to like it! Whenever I hear that someone is a great runner, I always think – wow that would be useful on the soccer field….

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The Limits of Imagination

If you can dream it you can do it! Well, according to a recent study, maybe not so much, at least when your dream is to rehabilitate an arm weakened by stroke.

I have written several times on this blog about how imagery and visualization can be used to build coordination and physical skills. For example . . .

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Better Movement of the Week

I’ve decided to add a new feature to the blog – a (hopefully) weekly showcase of a video of a some excellent movement, along with some brief commentary about why I found it inspiring, or interesting, or exemplary of some of the principles I talk about on this blog. To start off, here is a beautiful video of man spear fishing while holding his breath for several minutes deep under the ocean.

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Guest Post from Paul Ingraham: The Bamboo Cage

Time for another guest post from Paul Ingraham, his second. Paul recently contacted me to say he wants to do a post that “criticizes the idea of trigger points,” which is interesting, because he’s written a whole book about trigger points. I told him whatever you do, just make sure the title of the post sounds like a Chuck Norris movie.

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Ideomotion Part Three: How to Elicit Corrective Movement

In parts one and two of this series I discussed Barrett Dorko’s interesting theory that ideomotion can prevent and reduce many sources of chronic pain. To briefly summarize, ideomotion is a non voluntary movement prompted by mental activity. All mental and emotional activity is coupled . . .

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Muscle Power Equals Willpower

I have written previously about how posture and mood are a two way street. For example, feeling bold can cause you to adopt an expansive posture, and adopting an expansive posture can make you feel bold. This an example of embodied cognition – the brain’s use of physical movements as part of its process of forming mental representations. There are numerous . . .

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