As you start developing systems for growing food, you will start using muscles you haven’t used in a while. And that is a good thing. Since I’ve started this journey, I am much stronger, have greater endurance, and can comfortably withstand large temperature ranges, to name a few of the many improvements.
You might have seen my video where I took up skateboarding at 49. Here is the link for that if you missed it.
How long can I expect my body to continue improving in strength and agility?
Our healthcare and medical systems are a multi-billion dollar industry. While amazing things have been accomplished, it has also completely lost sight of the two most basic foundations of health – which you already know (I’ll remind you of what that is towards the end of this newsletter in case you have forgotten).
To demonstrate how far away from our innate knowledge of health take the example of Christopher McDougal who asked the best foot specialists in the US why his feet hurt when he started running. The best the modern medical system could offer him was cortisone shots, advanced orthopedics, and the advice to ‘stop running as the human body wasn’t designed for that activity’. But McDougal didn’t accept that and chronicled his amazing journey to discover an ancient tribe of Tarahumara runners who rarely get injured, only
wear thin sandals made from old tires, and who peak in their running abilities at around age 60! McDougalls book titled Born To Run completely refutes the medical establishment and if fact, gives a provocative case that humans are actually born to run.
I used to love to jog, but shin splints and wrecked knees stopped me in my 20’s. But I have started running again and can testify that yes, you can run injury free and joyfully if you learn to use your body properly. There are some good introductory YouTube videos for free that will get you started, use the keywords ‘evolution running’ or ‘chi running’. I am reviewing some of the various DVDs and books on the subject and If you are interested drop me a comment below and I’ll let you know what I find to be the best.
A friend told me about a book titled Pain Free which offered exercises she used to stop her nighttime teeth grinding and other TMJ problems. I’ve been using the exercises in his book to help me properly use my body in many other areas. The author Pete Egoscue asserts that the multibillion dollar industry of joint replacements and pain therapy is completely unnecessary if you learn to properly use your body.
The two examples above are a part of a new science called ‘bio-mechanics’ dedicated to re-learning optimal ways to use your physical form. A modern, civilized lifestyle is really not very healthy. All those conveniences have added up to some very detrimental posture. What surprised me the most was how little exercise your body really needs – you don’t have to sweat it out for hours – but, do get in some varied movements, and check out some of the new findings that are coming out on how to move your body most effectively.
And of course, exercise is free. So as you are getting out there digging up garden beds, turning a compost pile (you did start one didn’t you?), or building that chicken coop, Enjoy the fresh air, and especially enjoy the movement. You are doing deeply meaningful work that is good for you.
Oh, I almost forgot –
The Foundation of Health is Diet and Exercise
See, you already knew that. But it really is that simple. Yes, you can completely avoid the pills and surgery the gigantic medical system offers using very simple principles.
My father-in-law is in his 80’s and he still competes in tennis in the Senior Olympics. He has definitely slowed down in the last decade, but I asked him when did he feel he peaked in performance? “Early 60’s” was his reply.
Isn’t it nice to know your body is so amazing?
Next week I will slice through the immense illusion of the food industry and focus on the simple principles of a healthy diet.
Marjory Wildcraft is an Expedition Leader and Bioneer Blogger with The [Grow] Network, which is an online community that recognizes the wisdom of “homegrown food on every table.” Marjory has been featured as an expert on sustainable living by National Geographic, she is a speaker at Mother Earth News fairs, and is a returning guest on Coast to Coast AM. She is an author of several books, but is best known for her “Grow Your Own Groceries” video series, which is used by more than 300,000 homesteaders, survivalists, universities, and missionary organizations around the world.