I have always had a passion for health. It started at a young age when I was around 10 years old. I can still remember the first time I heard a health lecture by Dr.Michael Eades. It was the start of something magical for me; A truly science and research based approach to weight management. It was the spark that ignited my passion for learning.
Up to that point I, like many other people had to rely on the conventional wisdom of word of mouth. So of course everyone had their little spin on it, but weight loss was for the most part the same. Eat in moderation and don’t eat a lot of fat. With the rise in obesity a great deal of research has been done and billions of dollars has been spent on solving this issue. Twenty years later we know how wrong we were. We also know a lot more about the functioning of the human body and how to effect the body composition.
I have made it my life’s passion to study and learn as much about human development as possible. On my journey I have found that we can use food nutrition and exercise to moderate our moods, our stress, body composition, and well-being. To this day, I make it a habit to read something new about exercise or nutrition 5 days of the week. I have gathered a large library of books and articles over the years. This has led to a holistic view of what good health can be.
When I was 5 years old, I developed a rare bone disease that left me in a state barely able to walk. For a short time I couldn’t walk at all and needed crutches. As a child this was hard to deal with because I wanted to get out and play with the other children. I soon started to learn that i had limits as to what I could do. Consequently, I started to push harder, testing these limits everyday. I was never satisfied being so restricted, and soon I was able to do some of the things the other children were doing.
Although I was pushing my limits physically, I still lived in a large amount of pain on a daily basis. As a result I became fat and weak. As the years went by my pain levels got worse. By the age of 20 I had a hard time getting to the top of a flight of stairs. As a result I started gaining weight very fast. I eventually reached a top weight of 285 pounds at the age of 20. Diet could only do so much for me as I could barely walk by the age of 25. But there was a light at the end of the tunnel.
In June 2011, I undertook a total hip replacement that was intended to cure my pain. It was a lengthy rehab process that last 1.5 years. As I applied my own research to my rehabilitation, I have successfully gained normal function of my hip.This is something I never could have achieved in the past. Today I can perform heavy squats, deadlifts and lunges. Today I can do this that seemed like a dream 3 years ago. I currently have a goal and am on track to be able to dead lift 400 pounds by the end of 2013. I;m now 175 pounds and feel the best I have ever felt in my life.
I believe that getting stronger is a great way to improve health and quality of life. Benefits include increased bone density, improved cardiovascular function, increase your self-confidence, and help maintain a lean healthy physique. Weight lifting is also the safest form of strenuous activity that a person can do.According to the statistics, weight lifting has the least number of injuries per participant of any sport. When performed correctly, strength training can reduce the chance of injury in day to day activities. There is also the benefit of correcting postural problems and chronic pain such as knee and back pain.
Because I have lived with hip dysfunction, I have studied how the human body moves and with our environment, I understand how important it is to maintain certain level of mobility in order to feel our best.
Exercise also has anti-aging effects on the brain. Studies continue to show there is a multitude of benefits to cognitive function and even the ability to improve and repair function as we age. The more we get out and move around the more blood we can deliver to the brain. Did you know that the brain is on average only 2% of a person’s body mass but requires up to 30 of the nutrients we consume. That’s almost a third of the food you eat going to your brain. Now that sounds like a reason to eat the highest quality food you can.