Saturday, October 15, 2011

Getting Back To Primal

According to the Chek Institute there are seven movement patterns, called 'primal' because they were key to the development and survival of early man. They are essential to performing activities of daily living and in preventing injury. Incorporate a few at a time or all of them into your exercise program. They are: squat, lunge, bend, push, pull, twist, and gait (meaning three different speeds: walking, jogging, and sprinting). For example, combine two patterns to create a lunge with a cable pull or a squat with a push. This will better facilitate your upper body communicating with your lower body which is more functional to the way we live. You are better off never using a bench for exercises - so use it to hold your keys, phone, and towel. Instead, incorporate the physio ball (or Swiss ball) into your program which activates the stabilizers of the spine and pelvis (core) and improves motor skills and balance. For more information regarding functional exercises and primal patterns contact us at

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Keep An Eye On Your Chicken

What is an AFO? Animal Feeding Operation. Industrial animal farms that keep and raise animals in confined situations. Feed is brought to them instead of them foraging for it. It also means that they eat, sleep, defecate, and die within a small area of land. As if that thought weren't enough to turn you off from massive inhumane farms here's another reason: Feeding arsenic is still standard practice on chicken AFOs because it helps the birds grow faster and controls a common intestinal disease. Lets carry this thought from farm to table (and beyond) to understand the horrible ramifications of their actions.
The chickens injest this cocktail and produce waste. This waste is spread over agricultural land every year (by the metric ton). We injest these chickens (and what they have eaten) and everything else that is raised on this 'waste' land and we contribute this waste to our groundwater and environment.
A step you can take right now is to find a local chicken farm that treats their animals humanely, allows them to roam freely and uses chemical free or organic feed. I found one at our local farmers market in Phoenix. The farm is called Prescott Valley Farms ( and they have a store front in Phoenix and sell at the farmers markets. Support the local farms in your state and your health will thank you for it.

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