I recently listened to a talk on the AM show here in NZ by Grant Schofield who is a Public Health Professor at AUT. The segment was named “How to save your body from breaking down as we age”. I must say it was a fascinating watch (you can watch the 6min video here). It brought up some simple ideas on how we can actually achieve this. The key thing here is that the answer to better aging is not a difficult one. It just requires some simple changes. Continue reading to find out more.
This year for World Spine Day we asked the question "What are you doing to #LoveYourSpine?"
I decided to record a quick video with 3 simple tips that you can do to show your spine some love. They are easy to do but very effective. Try them and see what you think. Your body will thank you for it.
Just about everywhere you look you will see someone bent over looking down at their phone, tablet or book.
This position puts a lot of stress on their upper back, shoulders and neck. In this video I show two different ways of looking at your device that will help take the strain off of your back and neck. Try them out and see what you think.
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Most people will suffer from neck tension or tightness at some stage. Here are a few simple neck stretches you can try to help alleviate some of the tightness. They are simple, but if done regularly, are really effective.
As with any exercise or program, consistency is key.
If you haven't watched my video on diaphragmatic breathing, you can watch it here.
In part 2 of this standing desk series I discuss 2 more simple tips to help make your standing desk experience more enjoyable.
In particular, I look at what you should be standing on and what shoes you should be standing in.
I hope you find this information useful.
If you haven't seen part one, you can watch it by clicking here.
Standing desks are becoming more common these days and from a movement point of view, this is great. However, it is important to realise that you can stand poorly just as much as you can sit poorly.
In this video I give 3 simple tips to help take the strain off of your lower back and feet so you can reduce the risk of injury and feel good at the end of the day. The tips are easy to implement and can make a big difference in how you feel. I know if you try them, your body will thank you for it.
Non-Exercise movement is any movement you do that is not associated with traditional exercise (i.e. gym work or team sports). Research has shown that even if you exercise 3-4 times a week at a reasonably high intensity, it still not enough to counteract the negative effects of a predominantly sedentary life (If you sit at a desk all day at work then this could be you).
If you can increase the amount of non-exercise movement in your day, then your body will function better and it will help to counteract the negative effects of sitting.
In this video I discuss what Non-Exercise movement is, why it is important and how you can add it into your busy day. It is simple to do, but super effective. Your body will thank you for it.
I am often asked whether it is a good idea or not to use an exercise ball instead of a chair in the office. Well, in this video I discuss this as well as give you an alternative to an exercise ball that I actually think is better. I also go over 4 things to be aware of if you do decide to use an exercise ball. (Note: It is not ideal to just chuck out your chair and use an exercise ball all day straight off the bat). Continue reading to watch the video and learn some more about sitting.
Our lives are stressful these days and anything we can do to help relax is going to be beneficial for our bodies.
In this short video I show you a simple breathing technique to help you calm your body and move into the 'rest and digest' part of our nervous system.
I also show a simple activation of a Chapman's Reflex point to help stimulate the Diaphragm and help you breathe better.
Try this exercise and see how it makes you feel. Your body will thank you for it.
I am always asked whether or not clicking your fingers will give you arthritis. In this short video I will answer this question for you, as well as look at how it relates to clicking your own back or neck.
I decided to change things up and do my first product review. I have always brought new devices and gadgets that are supposed to help ease this or fix that in order to see if they do what they are supposed to do. For my first review I decided to do one on the BetterBack (You can see more about it on their website here) that I first saw on KickStarter and then on Shark Tank. This device is designed to help ease lower back pain by turning any chair into an ergonomic chair. Is it worth the buzz it created on social media?
In this short video I discuss what it is, what it's used for and if I think it is worth buying or not.
Like most exercises, there are good and bad ways of walking. In this video, I show 5 simple tips to help YOU get more out of your walks. They are all simple and easy to achieve. If you try them out, I am sure your body will thank you for it.
If you have any questions or comments, please feel to comment below or contact us here
In this video I show 3 simple exercises to help improve your posture. If you have 'poor posture' chances are you have weakness in your mid back. This is why you get tired quickly when someone gets you to 'sit up straight'.
The muscles in your mid back and shoulders have weakened since they have not been used properly.
These exercises are designed to help strengthen those muscles so that you can maintain a better posture for longer and ultimately get less back and neck pain.
This video is a follow on from my previous video on the 'Bruggers Relief Position'. If you haven't seen it, you can watch it here.
NOTE: If you have any pain with these exercises, please stop and consult your medical/exercise professional.
I have just finished my latest video showing a simple exercise to help ease upper back and neck pain. Watch the short video, try the exercise and see how good it can make you feel. For a more detailed description of the exercise you can find it on one of my older blog posts here.
In this video I discuss Back braces and whether they are a good idea or not. The research on the effectiveness of back braces is quite interesting. I also discuss some guidelines that you can follow if you are wanting to wear a brace. If you have any questions, please contact us and we will be happy to answer them for you.
Written blog post on Back Braces can be read here.
Having a good pillow is one of the most important things we need to maintain good function of the body. Unfortunately we often keep our pillows too long which affects their ability to provide adequate support for our necks when we are sleeping. In this video I discuss 2 simple tests that you can try on your pillow to see if it is still offering good support.
If you try these tests and realise that your pillow needs to be replaced, download our new e-book "Your how-to guide to choosing a good pillow". The link can be found here. Simply put in your details and download the book. It will help you choose the right pillow for YOU. There is no one size suits all pillow. What is good for me is not necessarily good for you.
If you have any questions, please comment below and feel free to share if you think the information could help others.
When asked to bend over, people will often round through their back as they do it and end up with their back looking curved like a cashew nut. Repetitive rounding or bending through the lower back is one of the fastest ways to damage your back and spinal discs.
An alternative approach is to keep your back straight when you bend forward and try to look more like a table. This type of bending is called a ‘hip hinge’ and is one of the best spine sparring movements you can do (in other words it will help protect you from injury). In this post I will show you how to do the 'hip hinge' using a stick as a guide.
The Ice Vs Heat debate is a complicated one and there are lots of opinions out there as to which is best. From my research I have come up with a good rule of thumb to follow and I have described it in the video below. I have also described in the video, how long you should apply each of them for (HINT: it is not the same for both).
For further information on the Ice Vs Heat debate you can read some of my previous blog posts below:
Is METH the new RICE when it come to injuries?
The best way to use heat therapy
If you want to use Ice, here is the best way to apply it
With school starting back soon, I have made a video showing what to look for in a schoolbag and how to wear it properly to help protect your child's back. Schoolbags are often much heavier than they should be which can put a lot of strain on their backs. Hopefully this information will be helpful. If you have any questions or would like us to have a look at your child's bag, please contact us on 09 4135312 to arrange a time.
I have just finished my latest video showing 2 simple tips to help reduce the strain on the neck and shoulders when using a computer. They are very simple, but can a make a world of difference. See how your workstation compares.
For the last 10 weeks I have been participating in ‘The Robards Method’ Summer body Challenge (#TRMSBC). www.therobardsmethod.com. I have just taken my final ‘after’ photos and submitted them today for judging. The chances of winning the competition are remote, but I didn’t do this challenge just to win, I did it to improve my health, to feel better, to function better and as a bonus, look better. All I can say is that I have far surpassed what I expected to achieve over the 10 weeks, and have well and truly achieved all my goals for the challenge. When people start to ask if you have lost weight or changed something, then you know you have made some good changes. Continue reading to see the results of my 10 week challenge and what I have learnt from my experience.
We all know that good posture is important but often we struggle to maintain it. Getting into a good postural position can be complicated. We often are told to ‘sit up straight’, ‘keep shoulders down’ and ‘pull your head back’. Trying to think of all of this can get confusing. For this body hack, I will show you how you can use the Shaka or ‘Hang loose’ sign as a simple cue to get into a good postural position. Continue reading to see how to do it.
If you are suffering from back pain or a lack of flexibility, then this week’s Body Hack may be the one for you. Did you know that simply massaging under your feet can help reduce lower back discomfort and can increase flexibility? Continue reading to see how to do this simple body hack.
Did you know that the position of the tongue in your mouth can affect the strength of your neck, and possible other areas of the body? When doing exercises like sit ups or exercises where you need to hold your head up, it can put extra stress through your neck leading to neck pain. There is a simple body hack you can do with your tongue that can actually help strengthen your neck and protect it from injury. Keep reading to see what to do.
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