How Do You Know When You Are Ready For More?
If you are a high performance athlete there is a delicate balance between highly trained and overtrained, which leads to being ill. One tool athletes have used for 30 years is Heart Rate Variability.
High Heart Rate Variability is a measure of Nervous System flexibility and adaptability. When it’s high you can train harder, run longer or faster and because your body is in a healthier state it will respond to the stress of training positively.
When your Heart Rate Variability is low, light training or even taking a day off is recommended as your body is struggling with the demands placed upon it, and it is having difficulty getting to the state of Rest, Repair and Rejuvenate.
This recent study looks at the benefits gained by those who trained less, but listened to their body, and had greater gains than those who followed a pre-outlined training plan.
Can Everyone Benefit from This Tool?
You don’t need to be an athlete to learn to listen to your body. Heart Rate Variability is something you can check on your own, with your smartphone and a $40-$60 Heart Rate Monitor. In addition to exercise, life stresses can lower your ability to Rest and Rejuvenate. If you know where you are, in relation to your Normal, you can take proactive steps to keep yourself healthy, or know you can take on an extra project, or walk an extra mile with a friend.
PS – I will be on Spring Break next week (March 27-31), my office will reopen Apr. 3rd.
Chiropractic Care Shown To Reduce Need for Opioids
A recent review of 33,000 cases of Back Pain in New Hampshire, those that utilized chiropractic care used 56% less opioids than those seeking other treatment options.
Video from WMUR – New Hampshire
The last time I was prescribed, or took, any pain medication was 1994 after a biking injury. I took one dose the first night so I could get some sleep. The next day I had my spine adjusted, this alleviated some of the pain and I was able to sleep without any medication from there onward.
If someone you know is in pain, let them know there are options like Chirpractic or Accupuncture. Spinal Adjustments shift the state of the body from “flight or fight” to “Rest, Rejuvenate & Recover”, allowing you to recover from injury and chronic conditions.
The Illness-Wellness Continuum
This image comes from Dr. Jack Travis: http://www.wellpeople.com/What_Is_Wellness.aspx
Getting back to neutral, or where you were before is exactly where you want to go when you have pain or discomfort. Once you are back to normal, are there steps you can take to optimize? This is the question that comes from seeking high-level wellness.
I recorded a video about it:
Dr. Brian’s Favorite BodyMind Podcasts
Do you listen to podcasts?
I enjoy listening to podcasts on a variety of subjects. My current favorite is Finding Mastery with Michael Gervais. I enjoy the depth of his questions, and the variety of the guests. I also enjoy podcasts on Running, Business, Psychology, Mystery, Physiology, Movement & The Human Body, and more.
Recently I started listening to David Chang’s podcast, https://www.theringer.com/the-dave-chang-show. I really enjoyed his perspectives on the PBS show – Mind of A Chef, and it inspired me to make different types of broths, and add more pork in my diet. For that I am forever grateful. I don’t consider myself a “foodie”, nor am I in the restaurant business, but what I find enjoyable about Dave Chang is his openness to his personal struggles. I feel in our culture we too easily think successful people don’t really struggle with anxiety, depression, or even have a bad day. I hope you also find his openness refreshing.
You can listen through your computer, or on your phone/tablet. There are various apps for your phone that allow you to make a listening list or download episodes in advance. Some examples are Stitcher, PlayerFM, or Soundcloud. Many podcasts are also available on iTunes.
My Current Favorite BodyMind Podcasts
Other Favorite Podcasts
I hope you enjoy some of my Favorite BodyMind Podcasts