A Whole9 guest post by Kate Galliett, creator of Fit for Real Life and The Unbreakable Body, an online strength and mobility program. Where there has been significant injury, significant recovery is required. When living with a disease or condition that affects your long-term ability to engage in physical activity, exercise can be a double-edged sword. It releases endorphins that help you feel good, a welcome feeling when the frustration of physical limitations is also present. Exercise also … [Read more...]
Are You Recovering or Just Resting?
Today, I’d like to talk about recovery. No, not economic recovery—though that would be lovely—but physiological recovery from the stressors placed upon us by our modern physical world. Rest vs. Recovery These two words, "rest" and "recovery," have distinctly different meanings when applied to health, fitness or athletic contexts. Recovery can encompass many different behaviors and strategies, but it is fundamentally different than just resting. Rest is simply the absence of effort or … [Read more...]
The Path of the Buttercup
**This is an updated version of the original Buttercup post, written for the Urban Gets Diesel blog.** The subjects of rest, recovery, over-training and injury are hot topics in any health-minded community. Debating, "Should I rest or push through it?” is never-ending, and a quick Google search, message board scan or poll of the coaches in your gym will provide you with rationale to back up whatever decision you choose to make. A while back, a popular fitness message board entertained … [Read more...]
Unplug, Then Plug It Back In
Today's health and fitness-related post was inspired by a real-world example of why keeping things simple should always be your first approach. Our friend Kristyn had registered for an online workshop we were hosting via video conference. An hour before the event, she realized that her wireless connection at home wasn't working. She called the support hotline, who proceeded to run her through a whole host of complicated diagnostic tests, queries and fixes—none of which worked. Finally, the … [Read more...]
You’re Injured…Now What?
A special guest post by Ann Wendel, owner of Prana Physical Therapy and Whole9 team consultant, who wants to help you find a great physical therapist. You’ve read the Whole9 blog and It Starts With Food. You’re getting your nutrition dialed in and have even completed a Whole30®. You’ve given up your nightly cocktail (or three) and are sleeping better, having more fun, managing everyday stress with greater ease, socializing out in the sunshine, and have a much better understanding of your … [Read more...]
Hone Your Skills
You need to do more skill work. Yes, you. It’s okay – we get it. Nobody ever wants to do skill work. If you weightlift, you don’t really want to do muscle snatches and snatch pulls—you just want to snatch. If you mountain bike, you don’t want to work on your cornering in a parking lot—you just want to fly on singletrack and rail berms. If you ski hard, you don’t want to practice pivot slips or edge rolls—you just want to bomb down the mountain. Skills are boring. Sports are fun! But what … [Read more...]
Are You Recovering, Or Are You Just Resting?
We’ve been working on this post for a while, but Life got in the way. (Alternate story: Dallas is better at starting projects than finishing them.) Nonetheless, we’d like to talk about recovery. No, not economic recovery—though that would be lovely—but physiological recovery from the stressors placed upon us by our modern physical world. Rest vs. Recovery These two words, "rest" and "recovery," have distinctly different meanings when applied to health, fitness or athletic contexts. Recovery … [Read more...]
The Whole9 Health Equation
Since founding the Whole9 in 2009, we've used “our 9” to address the multi-faceted nature of a healthy lifestyle with our consulting clients. But after developing a great working relationship with Robb Wolf and attending several extraordinary nutrition seminars (including Robb’s), we decided to concentrate our public health focus on nutrition. Since then, we’ve written extensively about nutrition’s role in a healthy lifestyle over the past several years, and conducted more than 70 Foundations … [Read more...]
The 400,000 Hour Body
We get a lot of questions about products, services and protocols that promise miraculous results - improved body composition, fitness, energy or health - with minimal effort. This slant is not new – the lure of a shortcut (or “free lunch”, as Gym Jones calls it) has been the carrot dangling from our health-and-fitness stick since we first started paying attention to what we ate and how we moved. And wouldn’t it be great if it were true? If you could achieve all of your health and fitness … [Read more...]
Ice, Ice Baby
For those of you who follow us on Facebook or Twitter, you may have noticed our recent love affair with ice. Specifically, we’re Tweeting about the thrice-weekly ice baths we’ve been taking following our training sessions at Gym Jones. Training there is a whole different ball game, and after our first workout, we wondered whether we’d be recovered in time for our next session. Three days later. Enter our new favorite recovery tool – the ice bath. The ice bath has long been used by … [Read more...]