As I walk on campus each week, I notice things like posture, it's the movement nerd in me. A big part of my work is helping people achieve vitality and vibrant well-being through movement. In fact, one of the the fitness practices I teach at Hope, called Nia, teaches that "Through Movement We Find Health". I believe that whole-heartedly. We only get ONE spine and while I won't give a lesson on all the things the spine does for our body today, I think we can agree that it's a part of the body that many people have issues with. I hear about it and see it everyday. With the onslaught of work that most of us have to do sitting at a desk in front of a computer, coupled with the use of our smart phones, we are now seeing a whole new set of physical wear and tear in the cervical spine. It's so prevalent that it's called 'text spine'! I found this great article and wanted to share it with you so that you could begin to be more aware of your posture, your spine, and your alignment as you sit at the computer, as you look at your phone, and especially when you are away from both. AWARENESS creates CONNECTION to the body and helps us to HEAL. The awareness is ongoing. I'll be watching as I walk through campus, for taller, more aligned colleagues! And friends, guess who this is hitting the hardest? Teens, college kids and our young ones. Please pass this on to your students in an effort to help them be more aware of their posture and their spines. We only get one Spine, be an excellent steward of your body!
To your Best Health!,
Hope College Wellness Director
"The human head weighs about a dozen pounds. But as the neck bends forward and down, the weight on the cervical spine begins to increase. At a 15-degree angle, this weight is about 27 pounds, at 30 degrees it’s 40 pounds, at 45 degrees it’s 49 pounds, and at 60 degrees it’s 60 pounds.
That’s the burden that comes with staring at a smartphone — the way millions do for hours every day, according to research published by Kenneth Hansraj in the National Library of Medicine. The study will appear next month in Surgical Technology International. Over time, researchers say, this poor posture, sometimes called “text neck,” can lead to early wear-and-tear on the spine, degeneration and even surgery.
“It is an epidemic or, at least, it’s very common,” Hansraj, chief of spine surgery at New York Spine Surgery and Rehabilitation Medicine, told The Washington Post. “Just look around you, everyone has their heads down.”
Can’t grasp the significance of 60 pounds? Imagine carrying an 8-year-old around your neck several hours per day. Smartphone users spend an average of two to four hours per day hunched over, reading e-mails, sending texts or checking social media sites. That’s 700 to 1,400 hours per year people are putting stress on their spines, according to the research. And high-schoolers might be the worst. They could conceivably spend an additional 5,000 hours in this position, Hansraj said."
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Here is a fabulous post from Dr. Sara Gottfried about how to get off sugar in 3 days. It's takes a little planning, but if you follow these steps I can tell you that it works. Most importantly, before starting this process, you must believe that getting off of sugar is possible! Act as if, Yes, it’s the slogan of every 12-step program, and I know it sounds hokey, but rigorous science proves that it works. You must believe that change is really possible for you. In other words, you can follow all the steps in the article below, but if you don’t believe it’s possible for you to get off of sugar and sustain your efforts, you won’t!
Here is a link to the article:
To your best health!
Originally posted April 20th, 2017.
I found this great article today on the mindbodygreen.com website from a favorite MD, Sara Gottfried. This article is entitled, "Ten 'Normal' Habits that Trigger Inflammation and Aging" I encourage you to check it out, so really simple and pragmatic tips and info!
Best, Jessica Fashun
Originally posted January 4th, 2017
Happy New Year Hope College! Here's a post about GETTING OFF THE SUGAR WAGON post-holidays from Jessica Lueptke at Valeo Training.
It's winter, we're tired, we're stressed, we're hungry, you're just ending the more-indulgent holiday season...our body wants sugar! This is actually a very normal response to how we were created - our bodies want to stay warm and cozy during this season and, with the shortened daylight and lack of vitamin D from our sweet, sweet friend Mr. Sunshine, we're looking for the carb fix to elevate our mood. It's not our fault! However, the problem comes not when we indulge in a sweet treat now and then, but when we over-consume, something that’s easy to do when sugar is added to many processed foods, including breads, yogurt, juices, and sauces. And Americans do over-consume, averaging about 22 teaspoons (88 grams) of added sugars per day, according to the American Heart Association, which recommends limiting added sugars to about 6 teaspoons (24 grams) per day for women and 9 (36 grams) for men. WHOA!
For tips and tricks for getting off sugar and onto a healthier path, read the full article.
November 17, 2016
Our first guest blogger is Jessica Lueptke from Valeo!
Blogger Bio: Jessica (Oosting) Luepke is a 2003 Hope College Exercise Science grad and, together with her husband, Mike (Purdue Exercise Science grad), owns Valeo / Training: a unique semi-private training gym in downtown Holland. When Mike and Jess are not helping Hope College employees and other gym members move, look, and feel more awesome, they're busy wrangling their two young boys (Cruz and Hunter), helping out at their church, eating local food, telling punny jokes, and dreaming about their next adventure.
Here is a link to an article entitled For your (fun, long) everyday life.
Exercise for your (fun, long) everyday life.
Mike and Jessica offer free Strategy Sessions to explore more about your goals and how Valeo might be the perfect fit to help you reach them.
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