Movermber is Over

Today is the very last day of Movember and as you can see, I did grow a pretty decent beard. I hope you have been reminded that caring for your health is important, even if you’re a big, tough, manly man. Women, we do need a gentle reminder from time to time. Something along the lines of “I really care about you and hope you will choose to get your screenings done” will probably work better than “Why don’t you ever go to the doctor you big baby!” Remember, we are sensitive… on the inside. 🙂 … More Movermber is Over

Welcome to Movember

I had always thought that the whole Mo-vember thing was just an excuse for guys to not have to shave. It wasn’t until 2 years ago when I did my first Movember posts (Happy Mo-vember and Goodbye Movember) that I learned there was more to it than I thought. After several people liked and commented on my posts, I started looking at what they were posting and bloging. What I found was that Movember is a movement to raise awareness for men’s health issues. Check out Movember.com for excellent information on this movement. Among the most serious issues are prostate, colon, and testicular cancers. Some of these are preventable by just getting screened. From the Movember website:

“Globally, men die on average 6 years earlier than women, and for largely preventable reasons.” … More Welcome to Movember

Just Breathe…

Breathing is an essential function for life; if you stop breathing for long enough, you stop living. Yet, not only is breathing important, but your method or manner of breathing is crucial too. In many country’s health practices, breath training is an integral element; such as in Ayurveda, Yoga, Tai Chi, Qigong, and most martial arts. However, in the United States, we don’t really think or talk much about it. Certainly no one teaches us “how” to breathe (unless they are trained in and/or teaching one of these practices). When patients come to see me, especially with lower back pain, I often train them in Diaphragmatic Breathing as a preparation to training their abdominal muscles (the main stabilizers of the upper body). So, why is breathing (or more specifically, how we breathe) so important? … More Just Breathe…

Run for Your Life!

Yesterday I had the opportunity to give a short presentation to some of the youth from our church. These young men meet together one evening a week to learn, serve, and have fun together. The topic of the meeting last night was running. While I am not a “runner”, I do enjoy running and have long appreciated to health benefits of running. Lately, as I have been noticing my middle increasing in diameter, I have been telling myself that I need to start running on a regular basis. I think that giving this presentation was just the motivation I’ve been needing to get started. … More Run for Your Life!