Book Week Day 1: “True to Form: Dr Eric Goodman”
As many of you with young kids in the household will be aware – it’s book week.
I have fond memories of choosing to dress up as a BMX racer almost every year for book week when I was young. I think it made it easy for Mum and Dad, not having to make a costume 🙂
I read a lot when I was younger. Growing up in the country, there was only 2 x TV channels. Hard to believe also, but yes I am old enough to have grown up researching from Encyclopaedias rather than the Internet!
Since working through my personal transformation, reading and learning has become a substantial thirst again in my life. I switched off watching pointless TV shows ages ago and spend a few hours each night researching stuff I’m passionate about and I often have multiple books on the go at any given time.
I’ve been blessed to have some great teachers in my life and believe we should never stop learning. There is an abundance of mentors and teachers available to us, literally at our fingertips a few page flips away.
During book week, I will be sharing with you some of the books that have really helped me along the way.
For those who have known me for a long time, I spent a significant portion of my late teens competing as a high level Track and Field Athlete. Once moving on from the Athletics scene, through various lifestyle choices, I spent a fair period putting my body through physical stress. I didn’t always have the greatest diet, often drank too much alcohol, and for over 10 years I’ve worked in jobs that required me to sit for long periods of time.
Since really taking a turn in lifestyle, particularly this year, my energy levels are continually on the rise. Of late I’ve been really inspired to move my body again. Part of this inspiration has been watching some awesome movers who preach the importance of foundation or primal movement – moving the way our bodies were designed to.
This book repeatedly came up on one of my favourite podcasts. I really respect and resonate with the podcasters message and he had been saying for weeks how the book had helped him – a big wrap given this guy completes events such as spartan races like they’re a jog around the block… So I decided to grab a copy.
What’s it about: (from the author)
Radical in its simplicity, Dr. Eric Goodman’s visionary approach to mindful movement corrects the complacent adaptations that lead to back and joint pain, and teaches us to harness the body’s natural movement patterns into daily activities to make us fit, healthy, and pain free.
Our sedentary lifestyle has led to an epidemic of chronic pain. By adapting to posture and movement that have us out of balance—including sitting all day at a keyboard, tilting our heads forward to look at our phones—we consistently compromise our joints, give our organs less room to function, and weaken our muscles. How we hold and live in our bodies is fundamental to our overall health, and the good news is that we all hold the key to a healthier body.
Dr. Goodman has spent years studying human physiology and movement. He has trained world-class athletes for better performance, and has healed people of all ages and occupations of lifelong debilitating pain. His theory of self-healing is now available to everyone. His practical program trains the posterior muscle chain—shoulders, back, butt, and legs—shifting the burden of support away from joints and putting it back where it belongs: into large muscle groups.
Filled with helpful diagrams and sixty color photographs, True to Form shows readers how to successfully integrate these powerful movements into everyday life—from playing with the kids to washing dishes to long hours in the office—transforming ordinary physical actions into active and mindful movements that help to eliminate pain, up your game, or simply feel more energetic. True to Form shows you how to move better, breathe better, and get back to using your body the way nature intended.
What I learnt:
– A simple set of different exercises that I have now added into my morning routine.
– Rather than ignoring and putting up with stiffness and soreness, we can take a simple pro-active approach to moving freely.
– Increasing my mobility doesn’t have to consume hours of my day.
– Simplicity can be a major factor in keeping stress from our lives.
Given that I sit a lot for work, be it in the car or at a desk, I’ve found in a short time I’m less stiff and sore and my range of movement has increased.
As an elite athlete I spent countless hours rolling around on the ground stretching, developing extremely good flexibility. I still have good muscle memory from this, but over the past 10 years I’ve not been without my share of aches and pains.
This book is a simple reminder to be mindful of the way we move. A basic, easy to master set of exercises that won’t take more than 15 minutes of your day.
If you are stiff and sore all the time, continually have trips to the physio/chiro, and in particular have back pain, I would certainly read this book. The exercises aren’t hard and you don’t have to be a yogi master or contortionist to achieve the poses.
Whether you are an athlete, an office worker, working in the garden, want to feel better picking up your toddler, or had a lifelong dream just to be able to touch your toes, I recommend this book for you.