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Shocking Snow Shoveling Secrets

Shocking Snow Shoveling Secrets

Got Snow? Well it’s that time of the year again. We are all shoveling snow. Except our friends on the lower left and right coasts and anyone with a grapefruit tree in their back yard. Snow shoveling wrong could really ruin a perfectly good day… or week… or several. Or it could be one of those ‘life-changers’. Don’t let that happen to you as it could have easily been avoided.

Here’s a list of pointers on how to not hurt yourself:

  • Most of us are more comfortable shoveling one way, right hand on handle at the top and the left hand on the shaft lower down closer to the blade. Or the reverse hand position. The point is we should switch sides to shovel. Do not stay with one grip; switch it up periodically to use your muscles as symmetrically as possible.
  • If the snow has high water content, it is going to be heavier to lift than drier fluffy stuff. Lift only what you can comfortably lift, knowing that you are going to do it over and over again…
  • Lifting with you back is a big mistake! Your lower back is not designed for exertion in a bent position. And it gets worse when you twist to the side to put the shovel filled snow down. Horrors if you attempt to throw it in a twisted position! The straight legged, bent over, twisting the lower back to one side or the other is THE optimum posture to strain your back muscles, sprain the back ligaments and even tear and rupture low back discs.
  • Best way is to push the snow without lifting as far as you can comfortably push it, then shove it aside or lift the pile (depending on how much it weighs) in bite-sized pieces out of the way.
  • When lifting a loaded shovel, bend your knees, tighten your stomach muscles, grip the shaft of the shovel comfortably close to the blade (don’t over-reach), lift with your legs and step towards where you want to place the snow.
  • Spray WD – 40 on the blade of the shovel. The snow will not stick to the shovel and will slide right off.

When I practiced Chiropractic I saw many people with injuries from shoveling snow. I wrote and taught bio-mechanics in my profession throughout my career. It is not just an exercise in physics and physiology. Proper mechanics can be the difference between a healthy light workout and a trip to the hospital ER.

I want to give you some bullet points (above) on how to stay safe shoveling and explain the mechanics of snow shoveling. (Really the best way to shovel show is to get someone else to plow while you stay inside with coffee and the paper.) However, we all need exercise, even on cold winter days. We need exercise and activity to keep us, well, active! The body, brain and emotions all work so much better with moderate exercise. It even boosts your immune system – just in time for the flu season! Shoveling snow is a great exercise, if you are in good enough shape. It is weight lifting, it is aerobic and cardiovascular. But it must be done correctly! Shoveling seems to be a simple task that anyone with a strong back could do naturally but we don’t shovel regularly enough to get good at it.

Think of it: you decide to go to the gym after not being there in a year. You go to the weight rack and pick up something moderately heavy. Then you bend over where the stress is centered in your low back and work out for 30 to 60 minutes. Any trainer that recommended such a program would be looked on as crazy, but that is what we do when we go out to shovel snow.

In the spirit of “teach a person to fish”, I always thought it necessary for long-term learning to understand the “why” behind any list of bullet-pointed facts.

I want to explain three things.

  1. Doing something physical after not doing it in awhile is pretty straight forward. It doesn’t need a lot of explanation. Either stay in shape as a daily habit or start two months ago to be strong enough not to hurt yourself pushing and lifting snow.
  2. We sit way too much (which also causes us to be out of shape) “Out of shape” to gravity AND “out of shape” in being fit. Rounded back syndrome creates poor general posture, weakened structural muscles in the shoulders, stomach, hips and low back as well as compressed discs.
  3. Lifting snow and twisting with low conditioning and poor general posture is a recipe for injury. We need to understand how our low backs were designed. They were not designed for shoveling the way most people throw snow!

#1. Is self-explanatory.

#2. Sedentary work and sedentary lifestyle rob us of so much.

Evolution 1a We lose the active lifestyle and vertical posture for which our bodies were designed. It also compresses us under gravity and that compressed posture stiffens us and that becomes our normal body position.  So the short answer is stay flexible and active!

 

 

 

 

 

#3. We are not designed to function like a crane.

Tension - compression 1 Lifting the snow weight in the blade or scoop of the shovel with bent back and relatively straight legs puts all the tension in the low back muscles and ligaments while the compression forces build up in the bones and discs of the low back. We need to look at the orientation of the joints in the low back. The small joints (called facets) towards the back of the vertebra dictates which way that part of the spine can move or travel safely.

Even cranes subjected to overwhelming force can fail… crane collapse small

 

 

 

You ever see a judo submission hold?

fingerlock closeup The hold locks a joint at the end of its range on motion, beyond muscle effort of the victim to pull it back, so a small person can immobilize a much larger person with this technique. Well, lifting and twisting puts the back at risk of a submission hold on the joints of the low back by the combined forces of the weight of the snow, gravity and the shoveler’s unknowingly placing their joints at the end of the joint range of motion.  Mr. Miyagi would not be pleased that you created your own submission hold.

Did you ever think of why you can move like you do? It starts with how the joints of the spine are positioned. They are the hinges that allow you to pivot; like the door hinges allow for swinging motion but not up and down motion. Your neck joints, also called facets, allow for the largest range of movement. That is why you can turn your head, tip your head, nod your head, etc. Your midback facets allow for side to side motion. Think of a baseball batter, golfer, tennis player and how they swing. Your low back facets only allow for forward (flexion) and backward bending  (extension). If you twist your low back to the side, all the low back facets lock and stiffen like a crowbar and put all the pressure on the very end joints by the tail bone (sacrum) or the pressure can rip disc tissue. So don’t lift (increased weight) and twist (submission hold) yourself into low back misery.

There are excellent blog posts and web pages that have pictures of proper shoveling. Here are a few examples.

http://simplyalignrehab.com/lower-back-pain-and-snow-shoveling/

http://jordanw12.wordpress.com/2012/11/10/journal-7/

So enjoy the winter season, get some exercise, be safe shoveling so you don’t spend your winter with back trouble that could last long after the snow has melted!

Remembering the Magic of Snow

Remembering the Magic of Snow

Snow Shovelled SidewalkWhen I was a boy (a long time ago) I loved waking up to the sound of snow being shoveled. You know the sound, large bladed snow shovels scraping over the cement of the sidewalk. I would lay there all warm under the covers and shiver with anticipation of the fun ahead in playing in the snow! Snow always came silently. No crashing thunder, no pounding rain just the silent sifting snow piling up to make my neighborhood a large white sandbox full of sledding, fort building and snowball fights! Oh! And if it snowed on a SCHOOL day and I heard that snow siren blow – it was even a more magical day!

Now, many years later, I still remember that feeling although long gone are those sledding runs on Magnolia Street hill. The surprise is still there of the snow quietly accumulating, but I know it is coming – all the weather people tell me so. Now, I like to get up earlier than customary to go out and shovel the walk and driveway. I have that time to myself. Hardly a car passes by and when one does make tracks through the snow filled street, it is wrapped in the muffled quiet of the snow.

The adult responsibilities show up, sidewalks have to be cleared, paths made for cars to leave the garage to start the work day. But this time I have to myself before the slippery snow packed commute starts. There is something nice about a cleared walkway; a sense of accomplishment, exercise that makes the body feel worked and alive; sneaking over to that elder person’s house in the neighborhood and shoveling their walk so they don’t have to.  And if it is a Saturday – even better! After, I can go inside and linger over a hot pot of tea, feeling the slight perspiration cool and the blood pumping through exercised muscles. It is the feeling of being active and alive!

But the best feeling I get is the one that hopes that as I am outside shoveling, now I am the one scraping the snow off the sidewalk and I can only pray that some child can hear the sound and wiggle in anticipation of the start of his/her magical snow filled day.

 

Try this Super Simple Secret Shocking Experiment That Will Give You Amazing Results!

Try this Super Simple Secret Shocking Experiment that will give you amazing results!child eating pb&j

I’d like to propose a simple, secret, shocking experiment.

Let’s get all the top scientists of the world and give them a laboratory with all the latest and best scientific equipment. Let’s throw in Albert Einstein and Mother Teresa too. Just so we know that they’re really smart and really good at heart. Let’s give them a billion-dollar budget and million year deadline.

On the other side, let’s get a five-year-old boy or girl, a child, any child.

Now let’s make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, cut it in half and put each half on a plate.

We will give one plate to the scientists and the other plate to our child and the instruction is, “Please take this peanut butter and jelly sandwich and make bone, muscle, hair, skin, heart and brain cells from it”.

Within 20 minutes the scientists have broken down the sandwich into proteins, fats and carbohydrates. At the same time, our child eats the peanut butter sandwich. Inside his/her tummy the sandwich is broken down into its component parts too. Now here’s the difference: within an hour the kid is building bone, muscle, skin, hair, heart and brain tissue.

And the scientists will continue to work and spend their billion dollars and use up their million years and will not come close to creating living cells from peanut butter and jelly and bread.

Well, it’s pretty silly right? But the point is only life can create life.

All the scientific information and knowledge cannot do what life does. It is the new version of the old alchemical question; “How can we transmute lead into gold?” We don’t put our trust and faith into alchemists anymore but we tend to think that science will transmute our poor health into movie star good looks and youthful energy and rid us of pain if only we can find the right ingredient or pill – or the right adjective. That is why this article is entitled ‘super, secret, simple, shocking’. Buzzwords that create interest in the psyche for something that is known only to the chosen few, takes little effort and has emotional impact. Many products are sold that only have adjectives. They are marketing successes with no real health value.

It is not the magic ingredient that makes you healthy and keeps you vital. There is no secret. It is the body’s innate ability to take ingredients and transmute them into life’s energy. We need good ingredients; actually we need great ingredients to have abundant vitality – the energy to make our lives spectacular and magnificent. Simple and shocking, right? Super!

So the best nutritional strategy would be to support the body’s key systems that create and sustain energy. Obviously, we can’t live on a diet of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, a balanced diet that is nutrient dense and calorie sparse is most important.

The truth of it is that life converts biologic raw materials into the components that run our bodies and give us energy. The quality of your health has a lot to do with the quality of the raw materials you put it. GIGO is computer speak for garbage in garbage out. Nutritionally it could be stated EIEO (with apologies to Farmer MacDonald) Energy In Energy Out. So eat for energy not for sugary, salty, fatty taste with little nutrient value. Amazing!

Here’s the experiment: eat colorful fruits and veggies, lean protein (poultry, fish), lots of water daily. Stay away from big portions, sugary & fatty foods and boxed treats. Walk the outer aisle of the supermarket where all the live foods are. That’s where the major food groups are. Stay away from the inner aisles, that’s where all the boxed food substitutes are.

It might take a couple of days but you will notice a huge improvement in your energy in less than a week! As a bonus, you’ll probably lose at least 5 pounds, if not more! Results!

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Can’t Explain it but We ARE Getting Fatter.

Can’t explain it but we ARE getting fatter.

Here are some shocking facts about obesity in the United States from the Center of Disease Control.

Fact: Obesity rates are soaring in the U.S.

  • Between 1980 and 2000, obesity rates doubled among adults. About 60 million adults, or 30% of the adult population, are now obese.
  • Similarly since 1980, overweight rates have doubled among children and tripled among adolescents – increasing the number of years they are exposed to the health risks of obesity.

Obesity-related costs place a huge burden on the U.S. economy

  • Direct health costs attributable to obesity have been estimated at $52 billion in 1995 and $75 billion in 2003.
  •  Among children and adolescents, annual hospital costs related to overweight and obesity more than tripled over the past two decades – rising to $127 million during 1997–1999 (in 2001 constant U.S. dollars), up from $35 million during 1979–1981.
  •  Among adults in 1996, one study found that $31 billion of the treatment costs (in year 2000 dollars) for cardiovascular disease – 17% of direct medical costs – were related to overweight and obesity.

This epidemic of fat still exists despite the multi-billion dollar weight loss industry. In fact, the average diet results in a 3 pound weight gain! There has to be an explanation other than we are a nation of over-eaters and couch potatoes – although eating sensibly and daily exercise to burn calories ingested are important.

Another important but largely overlooked area is the environment in which we live. Toxicity is a modern epidemic. There are more toxins in our air, water and food than at any time in history. EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) Director Lisa P. Jackson states that out of 80,000 chemicals listed in the Toxic Substances Control Act only less than 200 have been tested for human interaction. And the EPA has been allowed to regulate only 5 chemicals out 80,000 under current law.

Many authorities have been pointing to the amount of man-made chemicals that have been polluting our food, air and water. Since WWII, we have been exposed to more and more man-made chemicals – xenobiotics – that have serious consequences to our ability to maintain normal cell function.  Cells weren’t designed to thrive in an environment filled with chemical stresses. As the human body developed two or three million years ago, cells were made to deal with the stresses of life at that time. There is no built-in cellular program to benefit from or thoroughly eliminate foreign chemical substance like plastics or petrochemicals. With the increasing levels of toxicity in our environment our body’s detoxification systems are strained, they can falter and fail. How do we detoxify our bodies while we live in a toxic soup?

These two epidemics – obesity and toxicity – are they related? How can our bodies keep functioning in a toxic environment?

There is an interesting scientific article I’ve read that looks at this question. “Canaries in the coal mine: a cross-species analysis of the plurality of obesity epidemics” In it the authors researched animal populations that live in close proximity to humans, either as pets, laboratory animals and untamed rodents that live in cities near us.

They found that over the past several decades, the average mid-life body weights have risen among primates and rodents living in research colonies, as well as among feral rodents and domestic dogs and cats. This troubling fact shows that many organisms are putting on the pounds – and not from just overeating and underexercising.

Because the obesity epidemic occurred relatively quickly, it has been suggested that environmental causes instead of genetic factors may be largely responsible. What has, up to now, been overlooked is that the earth’s environment has changed significantly during the last few decades because of the exponential production and usage of synthetic organic and inorganic chemicals. Many of these chemicals are better known for causing weight loss at high levels of exposure but much lower concentrations of these same chemicals have powerful weight-promoting actions. This property has already been widely exploited commercially to produce growth hormones that fatten livestock and pharmaceuticals that induce weight gain in grossly underweight patients. The current level of human exposure to these chemicals may have damaged many of the body’s natural weight-control mechanisms.

We know that fat is how the body stores extra sugar from the diet. Eat more and gain weight. We also know that fat is an insulator. The body uses fat as thermal insulator. Eskimo’s call fat blubber. But fat has another insulating property. Toxic chemicals are damaging because they are active – they react with vital tissues and cells in the body and disrupt their healthy, optimum functioning. The body encases toxic molecules with fat cells to keep them away form vital tissue functions which make them less toxic or inert.

If we diet to lose weight and we reduce the fat that surrounds the toxins; those toxic molecules are free to interact with and disrupt vital tissue functions. We can feel sick, nauseous, headachy and ache all over. The concentration of free toxins increases and fat-based toxins are very difficult to eliminate from the body. As we eat normally, the body goes to work to isolate toxins away from our vital organs and we quickly regain fat weight. It is a high priority of the body to do this. The rebound effect has to do more with toxicity that how many calories ingested.

So for any weight loss program to have a chance to be successful the first thing that needs to be addressed is an effective detoxification component to any weight loss strategy.

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More Important than Gun Control

More Important than Gun Control

I was at a very interesting meetup today. People there were passionate and articulate about their companies, projects or areas of specialty. One gentleman wanted to create a gun range experience where people could to learn how to protect themselves in actual situational scenarios. His concept was that they would be confronted with decisions taken from real life encounters with bad guys. They would learn whether or not to use deadly force. Obviously, this topic spurred much debate on both sides of the gun safety issue from the people there.

But I had a different take on what was happening in that meetup. I saw three people who had body mass indexes in the range that makes them at risk for pre-diabetes if not insulin resistance and had cardiovascular risk factors that alarmed me. One person had body frame imbalances (head forward, rounded shoulders, compressed ribcage, backward tilted pelvis) that indicated poor respiration, stressed digestion and eventual systemic joint inflammation.

I was looking at people that had significant lifestyle risk factors right here and impacting them right now. They remained unaware of them while the topic in the room was about deadly force and the right to protect oneself. Yes, it is a huge topic and rightly so. Gun control and gun safety are societal issues that will not be resolved anytime soon. But my concern is for an issue that is even bigger. It impacts many more people with a greater cost than guns. We are using deadly force on ourselves with lifestyle choices (or non-choices) that leave us at risk for health incidents. Heart attacks, strokes, diabetes was the loaded gun that was pointing in that room and probably every room in America. We have to protect ourselves and our loved ones from an issue that can be managed and ended much easier than the gun control topic.

The risk of serious health problems is great. More people will lose their lives because of lifestyle choices and habits than from guns. People do not see this as an immediate threat – but it is. So here are some health tips that will remove that lifestyle gun that is pointed at your head or heart.

  1. Find out your body mass index and if it is higher than 25 lower it. http://nhlbisupport.com/bmi/
  2. Exercise. One of the best things you can do for yourself – bar none.
    1. Walk more. Park your car away from your destination. Use the stairs
    2. Do some weight training weekly
    3. Embrace a more active lifestyle. Dance. Sing. Walk the dog.
  3. Eat less. Diets don’t work so just have smaller portions.
    1. At restaurants have the waitperson bring you a ‘to go’ box when they bring the food and put half of the meal in the box for later or for never. Or share one entre with two people
    2. Use small plates at home and load it once.
    3. Drink more water (people think they are hungry when they are usually thirsty instead)
  4. Sleep more. People with disturbed sleep are at risk for many health problems.
    1. Don’t watch the telly late at night. Read instead. About stress management. Inspirational topics. About what makes you feel good.
    2. Find a meditation practice that you like. Pray. Practice Gratitude. http://www.yourvitaledge.com/2011/11/22/your-vital-edge-the-grateful-heart-gratitude-is-the-best-stress-reliever/
    3. If you can’t sleep. Do some light exercise. Get your body’s rhythms back in order.
  5. Laugh more. Most adults are too serious. Angels fly because they take themselves lightly.

Be more social but don’t hang out with people who have a body mass index higher than yours. They are not making the right choices so don’t pick up their bad habits.

Ripples in the Pond

Ripples in the pond
A good friend is suffering with foot pain. She showed me her x-ray from the hospital and there is moderate arthritis there. She tells me that there is a lot of pain too. Every day her foot hurts and now she is waking up with low back pain. This is an active energetic woman who is hard to stop. She works the family business all day, has a beautiful immaculate house, makes meals for her husband and takes care of their pet, a large 120 pound dog which she walks twice a day. Even while we spoke on the phone, she was doing two or three other things, multitasking. Her question to me was: Why do I have all this pain? and How do I make it stop?

We all know that things just happen – that concept has its own bumper sticker. But the on-going pain that doesn’t go away or keeps getting worse is a common problem.

‘Why is it here and how can I make it go away’ is a common refrain, but people really don’t mean that. What they are really asking is: “Why it is here and how can I make it go away without changing my lifestyle or inconveniencing me in any way.” What is missing here is the understanding of the cause and effect relationship between what you do and how you feel.

Let’s say you started your car and an idiot light goes on. Something is wrong with your car. A common tendency is to drive the car anyway hoping that the light will turn off. We gamble that the problem is a temporary glitch that won’t cause you to break your daily pattern of thought and activity.

Let’s face it, our daily routines are what rule us, any break from the performance or completion of our list of our To Do’s is mighty uncomfortable. We are willing to tolerate significant pain in our physical bodies as well as our emotional states if only we can get the list done.

And then something mysterious happens; the list is no longer external, it becomes us. We identify with the list and there is no separation from it and ourselves. Pain is a hindrance to our chores. We do not identify that the pain is a signal that what we are doing is hurting us and needs to change. Now if I was to touch a hot stove, I’d learn the immediate lesson that hot stoves cause pain and I won’t do that again. But what if the cause of my pain is not so sudden and obvious? What if wearing attractive shoes places the foot in a position that causes damage, but not right now? The feel-good feeling of wearing fashionable shoes is immediate and the permanent degeneration and subsequent pain is remote. Until pain comes and is unrelenting. So the problem is twofold: habits that cause pain are now natural parts of us and changing them is like changing a part of ourselves. Second, we notice the pain but have lost contact with the activity as the cause of pain. We continue to do what is hurting us and can’t correlate the pain with the activity. It seems hard to realize but most of our pain is self-inflicted.

Wouldn’t it be lovely if putting on fashionable but harmful shoes (or whatever activity harms us) would give immediate pain signals as the hot stove did to my fingers? Lesson learned. I won’t do that again!

But life is not so simple and straight forward. The vitality in your body is the most powerful force on the planet. Our vitality keeps attempting to reduce inflammation and pain even though our voluntary activity is the cause of it. So behaviors that are not in our best interests and will eventually lead to degeneration of the quality of our life are not so obvious, especially if they give immediate but temporary benefit.

The solution is to pay attention and watch how what we do makes us feel, not just immediately but in the hours and days later. We are programmed to live in the now with little attention expended on possible consequences at a potential future date. That strategy would make a life much easier to live.

We create our experience. Pain just doesn’t wait in the bushes to jump out and attack. (Unless you live in Lion country or a place where predators roam freely.) I suggest that considering consequences, even potential ones, are a valuable resource to keep us out of pain and on course to a vital life filled with positive outcomes that we create.

Your Vital Edge: The Secret to Creating a Following

Your Vital Edge: The Secret to Creating a Following

We discussed the way you present yourself in the world is a powerful force that attracts or detracts from the message you want to convey to your potential followers. There are powerful body movements and positions that convey positive or negative emotional and mental states that people can read instinctively. In past posts we looked at body position and positive attractive emotional states.

Look at this pictograph of prehistoric art found in a small African cave.

This pictograph came from Bernd Heinrich’s intriguing book on ultramarathon running called “Racing the Antelope”. The last figure on the right, leading the procession has its hands thrown up in the air in the universal runner’s gesture of triumph at the end of the race. Even after tens of thousands of years, you can still feel the echoes of the exuberance that that first runner felt; the victory and exhilaration of winning. You must understand how tied we are as people to physical body position – your posture – as a mirror to collective emotional, mental and energy states. You have to actively work on your physical presentation because your orientation to gravity tells an unspoken story about how much vitality and energy you have to give to your followers. They will feed off of your energy, first follower to the last.

Postures that evoke strong positive emotions attract followers. Now dancing with your arms upraised is not the position of choice, let’s say, in a boardroom or a bank (or perhaps it is!). Your body position has to be congruent with the emotional environment. You should be just slightly more energetic than the group. Your increased energy output is just high enough to raise the awareness of the people sharing that environment so that they will be aware of you and be drawn to you. Caution! Too much energy doesn’t attract people, it pushes them away. What I am speaking to is the study of the posture of connection. It is how, since the earliest times, humans networked!

Back to our dancing man in the first post of this series… How long did our dancing friend have his arms up? Quite awhile and that requires a significant expenditure of energy. He was clearly demonstrating vitality. Arms raised also speak to us in age old language that expresses joy, enthusiasm. His actions expressed positive ideas of vitality, joy, enthusiasm and his actions were attractive and sticky.

By sticky, I mean your idea, product, service (or dance) is understood; remembered with lasting impact. (see “Made to Stick”)

Our dancing man is a good example of Your Vital Edge’s “concentric circle design”. Inner vitality leads to outer productivity, which is seen and recognized as influential. People are attracted to this outward manifestation of the inner fire and the energy is amplified by this nuclear reaction. Your vital passion leads to production which creates notice and reflects and magnifies the beginning spark into an influential people movement. Your little dance has grown into a world changing event.

What is your dream? What is your vision? Imbue it with your passion and your posture of positive attraction. For a little while you (or I) may be dancing alone but passion creates attraction and we will soon be dancing to your dream together!

Your Vital Edge: The Attitude of Your Body is a Potent Trigger for Attraction 2

Your Vital Edge: The Attitude of Your Body is a Potent Trigger for Attraction 2

We were talking about your body’s orientation to the vertical gravity line and how that relationship can enhance or detract from your influence. It can literally cost you money! The display of good alignment conveys a basic message of power. Leadership is an expensive commodity but the returns are worth the ROI. The energy expended in maintaining a vertical position gives you a base of power to which people unconsciously respond and resonate.

In the example from the past post, we were mentioning a celebrity who was animatedly speaking about the power of personal growth, but he was sitting with a significant right lean, like he was going to fall to his right.

Actually, this side collapse is common in people. (Just watch the driver of the car in front of you on your next errand or commute.) The car is aligned, right? We spend money to ‘re-align’ the wheels so tires don’t wear prematurely. We will not buy a car after it‘s been in an accident because the compromised body alignment can start many early breakdowns in the car.

So the carbody is aligned, driver’s seat, steering wheel, windshield all in a row just to the left of center (in American cars, UK drivers will notice that alignment just right of center). You’d expect the driver to be seated along this line, but many drivers lean way to the right or left. In some cases you can actually see the steering wheel in front of them because they have collapsed to one side of their body. Aligned cars and mis-aligned people!

Back to the webinar I was watching. What this gentleman was speaking about was personal growth and inspiration and his body was not congruent with his message. The vitality he spoke of was compromised in his body. He was mixing his message with body language that didn’t align with his words.

Gravity goes straight up & down (mostly down!) in a line we call vertical. It takes energy and vitality to maintain a relationship with that vertical orientation. It speaks to a sensed but unspoken understanding that a person who aligns with gravity has power. It takes a whole lot more energy to NOT to align with gravity and we sense that this person doesn’t have power. We unconsciously sense this relationship and respond favorably to a person who is stands and sits vertically. We respond negatively to a person who doesn’t or can’t find vertical. (There is so much more to say about this topic. I’ll save it for another time. But your posture to gravity speaks the unspoken body language of crooked or straight and all that those two words convey.)

That postural drift in his posture also dramatically interferes with his neurology which he is so fond of talking about. At least his message would have been delivered much more powerfully if his body ‘embodied’ the power of his words.

I mentioned that he had a “Vitality Leak” and some people saw it and some didn’t – at least consciously. We are all exceptional readers of body language and use it more that we realize to judge the know, like and trust trilogy of the people we interact with daily. Vitality is etched into your body by the line you take to gravity or sadly by the line you do not take. Your posture is a force of attraction (or conversely repulsion) that few take conscious advantage of. How you stand and move will convey more information than you’d ever think possible to attract your first follower.

Stayed tuned for the conclusion of this stream on the secret way you can start attracting people to you!

Your Vital Edge: The Attitude of Your Body is a Potent Trigger for Attraction

Your Vital Edge: The attitude of Your Body is a Potent Trigger for Attraction

In the last post, we were demonstrating that the “attitude of your body is a potent trigger for attraction”.

This leadership concept is expressed (in a different context but true just the same) in John Maxwell’s “21 Laws of Leadership”. Mr. Maxwell’s 7th law is the Law of Respect in which he writes that “People naturally follow leaders stronger than themselves.” People are attracted to the high energy or vitality of the First Expresser who conveys feelings of enthusiasm and joy. A Bad Dancing Avatar does not express those contagious feelings and people would not be drawn to join a lower energy than they express. Our leader at the outdoor dance was unconsciously drawing people to him with very positive attractive body language in his dance. His vitality, joy and enthusiasm were demonstrated by persistent upraised arm dance movements. He even went over to his first follower and ‘taught’ him to raise his hands, which was duplicated by nearly every follower.

This leads me back to my original point about Your Vital Edge. No one on fire with their inner vitality and inspired to release it would ever be a bad dancing avatar. His/her un-restrained energy would be released in a movement contagious manner and attract their first follower. Someone with great ideas, vision and passion must also be sensitive to the message portrayed by their physical manner of stance and movement.

Here is another real world example that happened not too long ago. I was watching a webinar and there was a famous person sitting down speaking with an interviewer. He is an attractive, powerfully built man, strong and solid, but I couldn’t take my eyes off the fact that he was not centered in his body. He had a distinctive right tilt in his rib cage and his left shoulder was high. It looked as if he had dropped something off to his right and was caught in the act of starting to lean over to pick it up.

To be Continued…
Stay tuned for the rest of the story!

Your Vital Edge: Does your Normal Stance Convey Victory or Defeat?

Your Vital Edge: Does your Normal Stance Convey Victory or Defeat?

Do you influence people to join you with the way you move? In our “last post” we were wondering if people would follow someone with weak or strong leadership qualities. Those leadership qualities are displayed in your posture and demonstrated in your stance and every time you move.

What? You may say. Who notices how I stand or move? In our drug-centered, prescription-oriented bio-chemically dominant world not many people understand or recognize that bio-mechanics (a fancy word for the way we stand and move) is a powerfully vital motivating force.

Not convinced? Well, do a search engine image search for concept words such as joy, gratitude, enthusiasm, victory. I guarantee that you will find numerous pictures of people with their arms raised overhead like our plucky leader of the “First Follower Video”. Here are a few examples of that posture. (I hesitated to use the P word (posture) because it has different connotations for many people. I’ve heard many people state that to them a posture is artifical posing or an affected put-on demeanor. I use posture as the normal and natural efficient way the human frame (your body) finds its best fit to gravity. Posture displays your thoughts and emotions as well. How you feel and think about yourself is written in your posture and people ‘read’ your posture on a daily basis just like the morning paper.

Ok, the examples of joy, gratitude, enthusiasm, victory:

Can you tell which picture I found under which word expression? Some will get every picture correct. (Not that there is correct and incorrect answers. Pictures have meaning to YOU and that is the meaning that matters most.) My point is that these pictures and postures similar to them evoke a feeling of good vibrations. (To borrow a title from the Beach Boys)

The arms upraised posture is very exciting to the eye and extremely contagious. Can you imagine our first expresser dancing like the bad dancing avatar and attracting a first follower? Highly doubtful. If our first expresser was a Bad Dancing Avatar no one would follow. It would take someone else to go out to dance like the Good Dancing Avatar and then that person would hijack the movement launch, become the better first expresser and then he/she would attract his/her first follower.

Stay tuned for the continuation of this series on the physical dynamics of a good leader, which explains why the first follower was attracted to the first expresser and “started a movement”.