Sprint At Any Age, The Healthiest Shoes, and The Odd Health Benefits Of Breath Holding
Pain Point: Got Right Shoulder Pain? Here's Why.
Take a look in the mirror and you will see that you are the fairest of them all, but more importantly 9/10 people will see that their right shoulder is lower than their left. Is it because you are right handed? Not necessarily. It’s more because you’re humans. You are asymmetrical and prone to patterns of posture and movement. Your diaphragm (the breathing muscle) is 2-3X larger on the right side than the left. Your liver sits on the right and your heart on the left. All of these asymmetries (and many more) pull the right ribcage down. This puts extra stress and pressure on the right shoulder, neck muscles and intercostals. So here’s a simple exercise to open up your right side and balance you out.
Village Principle: Breathe Freely
The saying “don’t hold your breath” may be good advice when waiting for something unlikely, but it’s downright bad advice for health. 👎🏽
😮💨 When you hold your breath, the levels of carbon dioxide (CO2) in your blood rise and the levels of oxygen (O2) go down. Contrary to popular belief, it’s the CO2 rising (not O2 falling) that prompts you to breathe.💨
Here’s the important part: 😀 Healthy people are able to tolerate higher levels of CO2 in their blood and breathe less frequently. 🤒 Sick people have a lower CO2 tolerance and breathe more.
CO2 tolerance is like a muscle which needs to be trained. And to train it, simply hold your breath.
Give the technique in the video a try
Product Review: Xero Shoes
The Xero Prio shoe is my new favorite every-day shoe! 👟
For a shoe I am going to wear every day, it absolutely HAS to be comfortable (no explanation needed), flat (to support proper posture and keep me out of that "high heeled" 👠 position which wrecks your feet, knees, and back), flexible (so my feet can move the way that feet are meant to move), and have a wide toe box (no foot deformities here!)🦶. The Prio has all these things in a cute package!
The Prio has a slightly thicker sole than other minimalist shoes I've worn, which makes them slightly less flexible, but also a little bit warmer during chilly days. They aren't my favorite workout shoe (I prefer to do that barefoot anyway), but they ARE my go-to run around, and work shoe for comfort and foot health! 🦶
Village Standards: Walk, Run, Sprint
I hate being late for a flight. ✈️ Yet there I was running on the sidewalk towards terminal 4 at the Ontario Airport. And I didn’t think I was going to make it for my flight. 🏃🏼♂️
My two-year-old Chloe 👶🏼 was seated across the top of my rolling suitcase clinging on for dear life, her car seat draped precariously over the other suitcase. 🧳I was awkwardly holding both and running as fast as my legs would carry me.
But my body felt great. 💪🏼
For months I’d been training through all the components of our WALK RUN SPRINT standard at Village. 🏅Although I was worried about missing my flight, I couldn’t help thinking that this was one of those “this is what you train for” moments.
The way we’ve set up our Walk Run Sprint movement standard at Village is to get your body able to 🏃🏼♀️run, 🚶🏽to walk, and 🏃🏼♂️ to sprint.
To do that without injuring yourself🤕, you need the following muscle groups to be really strong:
Vastus Medialis Oblique
In case you were wondering, and still reading, we made our flight. And we watched Frozen II. 🎥