Monday, March 23, 2015

Too Many Things! But Mostly a 2 Month Budgeting Update

I now have so many things to write about, that I don't know what post to start on. Do I do a movement post, and what do I talk about if I do that? There are still so many great topics. I am going to do at least one more movement post on standing, but I may end up stopping those here and putting them up on my public blog instead. It would be easier to do them where I at least feel that I have the option of putting up photos. Plus there are a lot of people that I know in a less "anonymous" way that would also like to know more about that stuff, too. (You are MORE than welcome to follow along there, and if you don't know where that is, just email me at catholicmutt(at)gmail(dot)com and I will send you the address. I just don't like to directly link to it from here.)

Umm, so I might have gotten really intense at RCIA the other night. We've been going over Theology of the Body, and I absolutely love that we do that, but it always gets shoved only down the path of that that means for marriage. Which is extremely good stuff to know, and so needed in our society, but we also need to know what it means for our daily life.  Anyway, one of the guys made some sort of comment in trying to talk about what the priesthood and religious life was along the lines of "they have to give up what's the most meaningful in life, e.g. having children." Oh. No. You. Didn't. NOT that I want in any way to ignore the huge and amazing importance of that!  And not that I disagree that it is one of the most amazing and important things in life. But what I wanted the candidates to see is TOB is beautiful because it points us to the meaning and purpose and dignity of each person, and that every life matters, whether they live for a long time, or are born sleeping, whether a person is married or in the priesthood or religious life, or if they are single- for whatever reason not able to live out the fullness of their vocation, but their call to holiness still present, whether as a married person, their "yes" to life leads to many children, or few children or no children (FANTASTIC article here about that, btw), whether a person did everything "right" in terms of sexual morality or were all over the place, whether everything fits all the norms that it should or if nothing fits. Every single one of us matters.

Whew! Happened again. I get started and it just keeps coming out!

Anyway, I really wanted to tell you how the budgeting is going.  I have to admit that part of it has been kind of annoying more than anything. What is with all the bills that just keep showing up every single month? You pay it, and they want you to pay it again!  I realize that this is the same as it's always been, but what's different now is that I get all my dollars assigned to their jobs, if you will, and then I keep having to send more to the same old places when I would far rather put some money in some other categories! Therefore, I'm annoyed that some of the categories that I would really like to have a little money in are not growing at all. There are some things that I would like to buy, and I feel like I can't just buy them. I'm giving myself plenty of spending money and such, but when it's all black and white in front of me, I can't justify the spending for certain things.  This month I was finally getting to put at least a little in a couple of places that I wanted to (like some money for co-pays so I can eliminate one of my excuses for seeing an allergist), and then an insurance switched from monthly payments to quarterly unexpectedly, so I had to pull it back out again. I also really, really want to get a bike, and will probably do that sooner than any budgeting guru would recommend, but I am not growing the bike fund hardly at all right now (I think it maybe got 12 cents this month). Because, bills!

That's what it feels like right now, but the reality is that even though it's taking more time than I'd like, it's only been two months since I've started getting serious about this. In that time, I've already found a couple small places to save, and I actually have more money, even though I feel like I can spend less. I'm much less stressed about a number of things that come up, because I know whether I have the money for it or not. (Should I go out to eat with friends or buy this book I want, or take this continuing ed class?) I can look at it and see immediately what I have and where I'd have to take it from if I rearranged things.  Instead of wondering how many transactions still haven't cleared and if I'm going to get a nasty surprise, I know exactly where I am on that. With the unexpected expenses that have come up, I can make it work without relying on the credit card like I've had to sometimes. I do still use my credit card about as much as ever, but I record it under my checking account and pay it right away, so it's an extra step, but the spending is as if I was just using checking.

I think what is happening the most is that I am much more aware of the reality of where I am, rather than sometimes thinking I'm okay and then forgetting about a bill or having something unexpected come up. I'm already feeling like I'm living a lot less paycheck to paycheck. I know being able to put more in other categories will come.  In all, I like it a lot. It's just harder up front. But there are so many things in life that are better in the long run, even if they're harder at first!

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Moving through Lent: Being Smart about Movement with Your Smart Phone

Yes, I'm behind. Yes, we need to talk about standing. You know why I'm behind? Because it's been nice outside, so I've been moving. A lot. No time to post! Hiking and more hiking! Walking to my errands! Etc. Anyway, I will tell you about standing, but I came across this video today, and it made me laugh while teaching some important things about movement with use of a smartphone and computers, so I thought I'd let someone else do the teaching today, and standing can come later. It's probably funniest if you've spent any time around coaches or weight lifting, but still has good info if you ever use a computer or phone... Which you do, because you're reading this. The guy seems a little ADD, but we roll with it. ;)

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Moving Through Lent: On the Other Hand

Here's an easy short one. I'll get to standing soon, but I thought that anyone that made it through the feet deserved something short and sweet to make up for their work!

A lot of our problems with movement come from using the same movements and patterns over and over again. Because much of our daily environment is manmade, the tasks we do are a lot more uniform than they were for people who lived most of their lives outside. We do lots of repetitive movements. A lot of moving better simply requires trying to switch things up in whatever ways you can.

Assignment for today: Use your non-dominant hand as much as you can.

Use your other hand to brush your teeth and your hair. (But don't use the same brush for both.)

Blow drying your hair? Put the dryer in the other hand.

Try eating with your other hand. As some of you may know from Facebook, I find this one hilarious. It is so weird to have such a simple task become so difficult! Don't wimp out and do a sandwich, do something that requires silverware. But maybe still use the knife in your dominant hand. And save the hot soup for a different day.

If you have to hand wash dishes, scrub with the other hand.

You get the idea.

For an extra special bonus, they say that this is also a really good thing to do for your brain so that it has to learn new motor pathways. Movement helps everything!


Sunday, March 1, 2015

Moving Through Lent: Finding Our Feet

Lost and Found

When is it that we're supposed to find our feet as babies? Two months? Four months? Whatever it is, I'm sure most of us were successful with this milestone and moved on, but then we covered them up with shoes and lost them again (well, first our parents put shoes on us, but eventually we followed suit).

I suppose this sounds overdramatic, but it's really not. In the last couple of months, I have been rediscovering my feet, and I can't believe what I'm finding! Now, given that I deal with movement and bodies every day, it may be more noticeable to me than it will be to you, but maybe not. Either way, in terms of how our bodies respond, it is dramatic.

Have you or anyone you've known been in a cast for several weeks? Think about how flabby the muscles become and how stiff the joints become. There is a reason as a physical therapist that I like to avoid braces and slings when I can, and minimize their impact as much as possible when they need to be used. Our bodies were made to move, and when they don't move, they make adaptations that are not advantageous to us. In time of injury, this is often necessary. However, with shoes, we are essentially splinting our feet from early on. It's even worse when we use shoes that are terrible for us, like high heels, and shoes that we have to cram our feet into.

The Foot

There are 26 bones and 33 joints in the foot, and over 100 muscles, tendons and ligaments. (Here's a view of the bones from the top, if you're interested.) When we wear shoes, we are not allowing those joints to move freely, nor are we working those muscles well, nor are we receiving the amount of feedback that we should from the neurons. The less input we get from these areas, the less our brain turns to that system for feedback about where we are in space, and the less it can correct our movements from that information. The muscles atrophy, the toes get crammed into toe boxes.  And, no, flip flops are NOT an acceptable alternative, because they make you grip with your toes, which is the opposite of the mechanical movement that should be happening when you walk.

Next thing you know, bunions and hammertoes are forming, arches are falling (there's more contributing to that, and we'll talk about it more later), high arches are becoming more fixed, stiff and problematic, and pretty soon you need orthotics to help support your feet. Why? Because the muscles and joints are not doing their job. Guess what? Now your feet are becoming more splinted. Your orthotics may help short term, but they may make things worse long term!

Getting to Know Your Feet

First, take off your shoes!  

Most important thing to start with is to get the feet moving. To get the joints loosened up, grab something like a tennis ball or racket ball and use it to massage the bottom of your foot. Move it up and down the long way as well as side to side. You can do this sitting or standing, standing will be a little more intense. 

The next stretch is for your calf. This is so key. Most shoes we wear put our heel at least a little higher than our toes, and obviously some put them a lot higher than our toes. This causes a lot more problems than I can go into now, but just trust me when I tell you that your calves need to be stretched and stretched some more. You will hear more about the need to stretch your calf with other things that need to be worked on as well. Go here for the best calf stretch I've ever found. There's a couple of reasons it works better than a lot of others, but it doesn't mean that you can't use the others as well.

Next, try to use your feet more. (If you have foot pain, you may have to stick to the stretches for a while first. Remember, increasing pain will NOT help you get better, so only add things as you can without increasing pain.) This can be done a couple of ways. One, if you are not walking, try to walk a little more. I am currently not getting out and walking nearly as much as I would like, so I do things like very inefficiently put away my laundry (take one item out of the dryer, walk it to where it needs to go, and then go back for the next thing) or park farther away (cliché, but it does help!) Another way is to walk around the house barefoot if you can. And, yes, barefoot is better than even with socks, because it allows your foot to feel more differences in what's underfoot (for me, that is too often the fact that I need to sweep again). Obviously it's winter right now, so feel free to use a nice warm sock, but try to avoid slippers, because a lot of them mess with mechanics. Socks with grippers are great. Another one is to walk off the sidewalk. Any bumps (and walking through snow) work all those little muscles a lot more than just a sidewalk.

Taking It a Step Further

(Heh heh, get it? My sense of humor is sadly unrefined.)

The above things should be done no matter what, in my opinion. Even if you are in shoes while you walk outside, that extra walking (especially if you can do it over grass or rock or snow or other natural surfaces) is going to help. However, there are some important things that can be done to REALLY make your feet work all the time. The main one being to look into minimalist shoes, or at least shoes that have zero heel lift. There are a ton of them out there, my current favorite is Vivobarefoot. I have a couple of pairs, and I love them. Of all the minimalist shoes I found, these are the ones that feel the most like truly being barefoot. I love that they have all different types of shoes, and I plan on eventually trying to get all of my daily footwear in minimalist shoes (even for hiking). Sadly, I get no compensation for this, I just think they're a good product. However, there are a lot of them, and you can find what works best for you.

These are my favorite ones that I wear almost everywhere.


Although I am not 100% decided on the absolute necessity of the toe alignment sock (something like this), I do think it can be a really helpful thing. It's a great way to stretch out some muscles that are unfortunately short all the time. I'm all for anything that can help improve my mechanics, decrease the bunions I was starting to get, and not require any extra time because I can just put them on in my down time. Usually I'll put them on at night when I'm reading or even when I'm going to bed.

I got the rainbow ones, because the colors make me happy. Also, this was taken BEFORE Lent,  hence the couch.
What All This Looks Like for Me

As a PT, I've been hearing a lot about the barefoot movement for years now. I have thought it made a lot of sense, but I knew that I wasn't ready to make the jump to barefoot or minimalist shoes because I have flat feet and some other problems, and they were only going to get worse if I made the switch without preparing my poor abused feet. In the last couple of years, I have started to notice the slow onset of bunions. They weren't impressive enough to cause any problems, but I could see my future. I honestly didn't think there was much I could do about it.

I started the calf stretching first, from the post I mentioned above. This had surprising effects on both the bunion beginnings as well as some knee problems (I'm sure you'll hear more later). This, of course, motivated me to try more. I would not have been ready for minimalist shoes without several months of calf stretching ahead of time. I also started going exclusively barefoot around the house 4-6 months before I even started looking for shoes. Not only did this prepare me for the shoes, it helped to find the right shoe for me, the one that felt the most like being barefoot. When I first wore the minimalist shoes all day, I had to increase the ball rolling, because the muscles got a little crampy, but now they don't complain as much. I have only walked a mile or more in them a couple of times, but when spring comes, I am going to start to do that more regularly and start to increase that number, so that I can get to the point of doing my long hikes in minimalist shoes or hiking boots.

On the rare occasions that I have to put on "regular" shoes, I spend a lot of time making faces at my feet (because apparently I am a two year old). It is now so annoying to have so little feedback from my feet. I feel blindfolded! Plus, I can feel how it changes my gait mechanics and I hate that. Honestly, I would love to go barefoot more, but hygiene dictates that I wear shoes (as does the current cold weather). I'm not sure if that will ever change, but my knees, reversing bunions and decreasing Achilles tendonitis are extremely happy that I've made the changes that I have.

Sorry this got so long, but there's so much to say! Feet are literally the foundation for standing and walking, so we had to come here before we could get to the next place, which is standing. Isn't it strange how much we have to re-learn because we're too advanced for our own good? Think about it! Cultures that have been without shoes forever don't have to worry about any of this, because their feet just do what feet are meant to do.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Sorta Snowed In

I have lived in about a 2 mile radius (maybe less) for the last week or so. I'm getting kind of stir crazy. I have been out, and I do go to the gym, but sitting at home most of the weekend does NOT work for me. I need to be OUTSIDE. Except that it's really cold outside right now, and the roads are not good.

Thursday I wanted to go for a hike, but the weather was not cooperating. So I went to the gym instead, even though that meant working out by myself. No class, nobody to talk to, just me sweating it out inside 4 walls, legs moving, and yet staying in one place. Yuck!  I had a terrible attitude and hid in a dark corner and did my workout with a bad mood the whole time. Then I got done and the endorphins kicked in, and I was glad that I made myself go.

Anyway, the point of this is not to tell you how bad I have it. Because I certainly don't have it bad at all, it's just that all of this extra time as left me with too much time to think and too much quiet. One thing that it has had me thinking about is professionally where I am and where do I want to be? I think I may still be in the right place for me, but I have some questions that I've had to explore a little bit. It's also been forcing me to look at where I am spiritually. I have to tell you that there's something missing there, and I'm not even entirely sure what that is, but there's something a little off. Thursday I did make it to daily Mass, and the Gospel was about "Ask and you shall receive, etc" and I thought about how I don't even know what to ask for right now.

I also feel like I'm a little off this Lent. I purposely didn't do my usual Lenten sacrifices because as I was thinking (and even praying about it a little bit!), they didn't seem right. I do feel like I'm doing sort of the right things, though I do question if I'm missing something.  Anyway, this is all where I am right now. I sat down a couple of times to try to get started on the next post for movement, but this whole "at loose ends" thing kept getting in the way.

Anyway, prayer buddy that I'm praying for, know that I'm praying for you in the midst of this, even if it's not perfect. Prayer buddy that's praying for me, I would love if you could pray for me to be open to wherever I should be going professionally and spiritually.

And since I'm bored with too much time on my hands, please tell me, how's your week going? How's Lent? What's working for you? What isn't working for you?  I'd love to know! Also, I should have another movement post up by tomorrow, I would think.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Moving Through Lent: The Thing about Chairs

Note: Most of the time, I try to respond to peoples' comments via email if I have access to their email. (Okay, I'm a little sporadic, but I try!) However, for this series, it might be more helpful to be able to have some conversations about things that come up, so I'm responding directly to comments on posts.

Approximately 32* hours into Lent, I was ready for Lent to be over. Why? Because I was tired. I am giving up chairs for Lent. In the interest of full disclosure, I am writing this on a Sunday, and I am totally cheating and using the couch right now. It's snowy and cold out and I don't think it's possible for me to avoid the couch the entire day while I'm stuck inside. You want to know why not? Because it's exhausting to hold yourself up against gravity the entire time you're awake.

Think about that for a minute. Holding ourselves up against gravity seems like a very basic thing that we should all be able to do, but it is extremely difficult for most of us. I am speaking as someone who doesn't sit a lot at work, and when I do, it is often on a stool without my back being supported. I go to the gym 3-4 times per week and hiking (or cross country skiing or something) once or twice a week. What I mean to say is, I am what most people would classify as fit, and yet it was hard for me to hold myself up against gravity the whole time for one and a half days. Not even the whole time! There's sleeping, where I wasn't holding myself up. There was lying on the floor and stretching. There was sitting at the (long) Ash Wednesday Mass, and there was sitting in the car to various places that I had to be. Crazy, isn't it? We aren't strong enough to hold ourselves up against gravity. Y'all, that is just messed up, and yet it is where most of us are. Is it any wonder that we feel like we are falling apart? If we aren't strong and effective about the way that we react to gravity, then we impose further loads beyond that, whether it's exercise or just taking care of the normal tasks of daily life, something's going to break somewhere.

I've had a beef with sitting for a while. It hurts me to sit for too long. I stopped being consistent about a Bible study at church because it's over an hour of sitting in terrible folding chairs, and I hurt when I sit like that. I love learning new things, but one of my least favorite things about continuing education is sitting to learn it. I tell my patients all the time to get up frequently from where they are sitting at their desk.  However, I never really thought about how bad an actual chair is until much more recently.

Here's a bullet point list of some things that are wrong with chairs:


  • Every time that we sit, our hip and knee joints have almost the exact same load at the exact same angle. Not the best way to use a joint!
  • Many chairs are designed to be comfortable; this is actually a problem, because it usually means that it conforms to our bad posture, thus keeping us in that posture (usually rounded through the spine) and perpetuating our problems.
  • Because we are comfortable, we tend to sit longer. 
  • Even chairs that are uncomfortable still tend to promote that round posture that we all use (especially tucking our tailbone underneath us).
  • The angle that we are in when we sit in chairs makes it harder for blood to flow in our legs, as well as increasing the sharpness of the angles of certain blood vessels in key spots. This means that the blood hits the vessel more and increases the amount of plaque in those areas!

There's more, of course, but those are some of the things to think about. Now, while sitting in general is something to avoid doing too much of, sitting on the floor has some distinct advantages over the chair. More bullet points, anyone?


  • We have to use a much more full range of motion through all of our lower extremity joints just to get down to the floor and back up. This means that we also have to use the muscle at much different lengths than just getting up from a chair. Plus you have the exercise of getting up and down from the floor!
  • When you are sitting without support, the muscles have to do the work to hold you there, we don't outsource the work to the back support of the chair! (Thus, the increased fatigue for me!)
  • Sitting on the floor is much more conducive to frequently shifting positions. Partly because we are not restricted by the chair and partly because it helps for comfort. This further changes the loads on the joints and it keeps everything from being in one position for too long.
  • Because you are not just letting your body be supported, you are more likely to get up and do something else a lot more often.
  • When our back is not as rounded, it means we have better rib excursion (the ribs expand more easily) and we breathe better.


I was pretty happy to hear that there are already several of you that prefer the floor for sitting. Awesome! I'm thinking that there are plenty of us, however, that have been on some sort of chair or couch or recliner a lot of the time. Me included. There's a reason I'm on the couch today, folks, and it's not because it's good for me. But that's okay, we can still join the ranks of the floor sitters.

There are a couple of things to think about when you sit on the floor. One is that you want your back to be fairly straight, but comfortable. Don't let your tailbone tuck underneath you and don't let your ears sit in front of your shoulders. Another is that you should be sitting on your ischial tuberosities (I don't want to mess with copyrights, so the link will take you to a photo). In layman's terms, your butt bones. Finally, as long as you're not slouching and tucking that tailbone, there's not really a right or wrong way to sit on the floor. You can sit with your legs crossed, you can straighten them out in front of you, you can kneel, you can bend your knees and put your feet flat on the floor. You can bend one knee and keep the other one straight, whatever. Do try to switch it up though!

When you're first starting on the floor, don't worry about being there for long. Start small and work your way up to longer periods. Eventually, it's great if you can get to the point where you can do whatever sitting task you want while on the floor. A couple of ways to incorporate it into your day is to put your laptop on a coffee table or something low (I use a foot rest) and sit on the floor while you're on the computer. It's great to eat on the floor, too. If you're not wanting to do something like that all the time, at least throw it in there once a week. It can be fun to do a picnic on the floor.  I found an interesting article about why you should sit on the floor while you eat. Fascinating! If you have kids, sit on the floor to play with them. (Want to know a secret? My friends have sometimes wondered why their small children seem to like me so much... It's because I sit on the floor and I'm with them at their level. They really respond to that.) You may notice that you have to get up from a sitting position a lot, because you have to do all the work of getting off the floor. No worries! Just look at it as extra exercise in your day.

If you need to when you first start, sit on a pillow. Sometimes the muscles and joints are not quite ready for those new ranges of motion, and sitting on something can help ease things into it.

When I first heard about how chairs can affect us vs. sitting on the floor, I decided to try to eat breakfast on the floor. I didn't last 5 minutes before my back was all, "What the heck?!?!" Not in a bad, painful way, but in a way where the muscles that weren't used to working were working and they were complaining. I have had problems in the past with my back stabilizers working as well as they should, and some of the exercises I tried were not cutting it. This has done better than all of those. Your back simply has to stabilize you if you're in a correct position.

Yikes! What a long post! But what are you going to do? There's so much to say about this, and there are really some stretches that would be good to discuss, and we should really talk more about truly fighting gravity instead of slouching, and so forth, but this is enough out of me for today. Believe me, sometime before Lent is over, we will discuss the whole standing thing against gravity. Yes, I know standing is something most of us do, and some of you probably do a lot, but many of us do not actually stand well, in such a way that gravity is not breaking us down while we try to stand up. We'll get there. Patience, grasshoppers.

In case this novella is not enough for you, there's more about the dangers of sitting here, or for those of you that want to rethink the chair in general, as well as the classroom chair in particular, this is another great article from K.aty B.owman here (that one also has a great graphic of some different non-chair sitting positions).

*It was 31 hours and 40 minutes. I was counting. I was tired.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Moving through Lent: My Current Least Favorite "Joke"

I'll try to get these a little more spread out next week, but what can I say? This week of Lent is short.  It's already been a revelation both physically and spiritually. I know, 32 hours in, but it has definitely been kind of eye opening. I'm sure you'll hear more about that as we move on.

Funny thing happens if you sit on the floor when other people are around. Inevitably, someone will comment, "I'd be afraid to sit on the floor; not sure if I could get back up again!" And then they chuckle slightly at their plight, because that's just the way it is as you get older, right?

Maybe it is in our culture, but that's really not how it has to be. I find myself trying to come up with a socially acceptable response for the situation instead of blurting out my real thought, which is, "And you're okay with that level of mediocrity of movement in your daily life?!" Seriously, when did it become acceptable and expected that people get to a point where they are limited with getting up and down from the floor? Do you want to know the primary reason that they can't do it? Because they DON'T do it!

One of the things that I hope this series makes you think about is that we have muscle groups and ranges of motion that we rarely ever use. This is why we have so many problems so much of the time with things like getting on and off the floor. We get into our habits and don't do things that sound very simple on the surface, but make a big difference in the overall scheme of things.

There are a lot of fads in exercise, some good, others less so. What I hate are the exercises to work an isolated muscle group (quick, how many exercises or pieces of exercise equipment do you know of for the "core"?) There are a lot of things where we isolate the core and work our abs, etc. Yet, how do we need those abs to work in real life?  Even if you go to the gym consistently, that's not most of your real life. Those abs need to be able to give you a stable foundation for movement. We don't really want them to only be able to turn on strong with a specific ab exercise. We want them to be able to give control to the trunk while you are doing your daily tasks and movements, and that control needs to be enough for the task, not more or less.

What I like are the exercises that are functional and use a lot of muscles in the body at once. In real life, muscles don't move in isolation; they have to all work together to produce a really good movement. Going to the gym and using a bunch of machines is not the way to go (which is not to say that I don't like my workout at the gym, but I use the bike- and yes, there are some movement issues with that as well!-, and maybe do some bodyweight exercises or TRX; I think lifts can be a very good thing when done well- unfortunately, they are rarely done well- but you won't catch me on things like the leg curl machine or the triceps extension machine, etc.) I have a great exercise for you today that is all of the above goodness. It's functional, it uses more muscles in your body than you ever would have thought about, and it will help you not become one of the people who can't get up and down from the floor.

Ready?

Here goes.

Lie down on the floor on your back.

Now stand up.

No, I'm not joking. It really is that simple, and that difficult. Try doing this as many times as you can in a minute, and count how many reps you can do in a minute. Then do it for another minute, but this time, you are not allowed to get up the same way twice. Just go as fast as you can (safely!) and move differently each time. Another way to switch it up is hold something in one hand straight up toward the ceiling. Keep it straight up the whole time and try to do it several times, then switch hands.

For some people, this will not feel like much of a challenge. Great! Make sure you keep getting up and down from the floor often, and it will not become a challenge. For some people, it may be a lot more challenging than you think; you may even get a little muscle soreness. It doesn't necessarily say that you're in terrible shape, but it does say that these are muscles that you don't usually use through these full ranges. Congratulations! You have started to use your body more in the way that it was meant to be used! I want to encourage you that if this is very difficult for you and you can't do very many reps in a minute, you will find that it can become much easier within a few days to a couple of weeks. It may still be work, but you will likely be surprised how much of a change that can happen in that amount of time.

Awesome! You're off and moving. How does it feel?

Note: Learn to love the floor. You know how I talked about being more "grounded" with movement? That's going to be extremely literal around here. There are a lot of tips that I have that involve some time on the floor. If you're anything like me, moving better means somewhat cleaner floors, because when I spend more time on the floor, I can't ignore them and have to clean them more often!

If you would like some more to think about in terms of how we are made to move vs. how we do move in an industrialized culture, I recommend this post.