Artisans Restorative Fitness

Like a string of pearls

There’s a saying in yoga and Chinese martial arts, “you’re only as old as your spine.” What that means is, as you get older, if you can’t move your spine in any direction, you are “locked’ into a much narrower range of movement. And, that range of motion defines what you can and cannot do. For example if you can’t bend forward at the waist, at all, or not without significant pain, you can’t pick things up off the ground, tie your shoes, or hand your grandchild a cookie. If you…

Movement for Makers Promo

Last August I recorded a PBS program (Fit2Stitch), where I taught a small yoga segment for sewists (it hasn’t even aired yet. PBS keeps moving the season of F2S back… Now it won’t be out until sometime in the fall). The yoga was prop based (a chair), and restorative in nature. That, along with working one-on-one with quite a few clients that are artists, and crafters (stampers, paper crafters, sewists, scrapbookers, quilters, etc.) – in my day job as a trainer – I began sharing that yoga…

How To Become The Perfect Couch Potato

Imagine for a moment that you sit on the couch watching television all day, eating bon-bons, and your weight goes up to five hundred pounds. Most people think to themselves: “I could/would never do that!” But in truth they do things that are almost as pronounced. There is a very real principle in training (and life) called the SAID principle. SAID stands for: specific adaptation to imposed demand. What it means is no matter what you do (or don’t do) will create adaptations in the body. If…

Pain in your hips, or lower back? Try the Plank Pose

There are something like 2100 poses or variations of poses in yoga. And that doesn’t count the transitions between poses that can link them together into a more flowing vinyasa. This can be overwhelming to people new to practicing yoga! So let’s start with an easy, yet powerful pose. Plank pose is one of the foundational poses in yoga. It is the basis for many other poses in yoga, such as Crocodile Pose, arm balances like Peacock Pose, and even simple standing poses like Mountain Pose. You…

The Only Reasons to Exercise

It’s been said before: “You can’t outrun your diet.” Exercise is NOT the way to lose fat. 80-90% of fat loss is in the kitchen. Exercise is about feeling good, and having, or increasing your physical capacities. There are only three reasons to exercise (unless training for a sport then there are five reasons): 1. Building/maintaining lean muscle (including your heart). 2. To help (along with your diet and sleep) hormonal optimization/gene expression – in whatever endeavor direction you’re…

Got a meeting? Take a walk

by Chuck
An excellent Tedtalk about movement, rethinking problem solving, and how getting “outside the box,” can help thinking “outside the box.” Even if you’re retired this can have some huge impact in your life. Check it out!

Why Should I Care About Strength?

by Chuck
With one hand you grasp the jar. You reach out with the other and grasp the lid. In grabbing the lid, you are expressing the mobility of the fingers of your hand. If you can twist the lid off, you are expressing strength. We need strength in all activities that we do. From the most basic: as in your heart needs the strength to beat. To the most complex: you want to perform a series of interlocking yoga poses in a flow. As a crafter, you need strength to do any movement. If you quilt, or sew, you…

Adaptation

by Chuck
I am a neuro-physio geek, and have been since I was a kid. I have been studying “things” about the body for about forty-five years (give or take). Even today, I average about five hours of study a week, trying to understand the what, where, why, and how of making or breaking a body. I will try and condense down all the study I’ve done and share things as simply as I can. Please let me know if you have any questions! In the last post I spoke about a couple of benefits to doing yoga based movements:…

Getting Started

Welcome to Movement for Makers! If you’ve read this far in the blog, then hopefully you’re in a place in in your life where you feel you need to make some changes in your lifestyle – to continue to get to do the things you love to do: sew, quilt, stamp, scrapbook, paint, draw, etc. But, maybe you don’t know where to begin, or what to start with. Here, at MfM, we have two main goals as relating to you, our new client – whether you’re here for one specific type of movement, a program,…

And We’re Live!

by Chuck
in Yoga
After months of behind the scenes work, MfM is up and running! Virtual high-five! More coming soon!