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Master the Essentials: 4 Sources of Athletes’ Reduced Risk For Injury

Master the Essentials: 4 Sources of Athletes’ Reduced Risk For Injury

“From birth, man carries the weight of gravity on his shoulders. He is bolted to earth.” Jacques-Yves Cousteau   Injury/Pain is not the enemy it is a signal from your body that requires responsibility.   To reduce your risk of injuries a proactive approach is fundamental, involving a practice that places an emphasis on the four UpRight Movement Principles of: Mindset, Recovery, Nutrition/Hydration, and Movement. Here’s how to protect your investment in yourself by maximizing four of the leading sources of success.   1. Restorative Sleep: Wake and sleep with nature’s rhythms of light and dark. Expose yourself to fresh air and natural sunlight daily. Avoid caffeine after 12 PM. Avoid alcohol and try to minimize consumption of grains, sugars, and artificial sweeteners close to bedtime. Start winding down 2 hours before bedtime and dim the lights in the house, (incl. TV and Computers). Make bedroom dark and cool. Rest when tired, and sleep deeply by 10 PM for 8-10 hours. 2. Restorative Nutrition: Hydrate your body with quality water- approximately .5 – 1 oz. per pound of body weight. Minimize your intake of other beverages like sodas, energy drinks, fruit juices, teas, coffees, and alcohol. Limit your intake of processed-grains, sugar, artificial sweeteners, nicotine and/or narcotics. Nourish your body with quality, fresh, nutritious whole food that is optimal for your genetic needs and health. Eat breakfast soon after awakening. Chew your food thoroughly, enjoy and be grateful for your food, which supports your life. Eat regularly, avoid eating when overly hungry, and eat slowly until satisfied. 3. Durability: Develop Quality Symmetrical Mobility, Balanced Posture, Motor Control, Postural Control, Efficient Movement Pattern Skills, Optimal Strength...
Practicing Awareness: Body Scan

Practicing Awareness: Body Scan

“Without loving-kindness, staying in pain is just warfare.” Pema Chödrön   Being mindful is to have a conscious awareness of the present moment; to allow the full experience of humanness to occur- allowing thoughts, feelings, sensations, whatever shows up to simply exist. The conscious mind is our objective or thinking mind, however the subconscious mind stores and retrieves everything that has ever happened to us and controls 90% of our lives. The practice of being present provides access to the subconscious mind and Autonomic Nervous System (ANS), which contains an enormous amount of knowledge, memories, wisdom and recovery processes that we are likely underutilizing. One of the primary ways to access the subconscious mind is meditation. It can simply be a period of awareness where you stop everything you’re doing and simply pause to notice what shows up in stillness and silence. The Body Scan is one practice that can help you to begin to manage your subconscious mind. Find a quiet, comfortable place to lie down or sit. Put aside anywhere from 5-45 minutes for the scan. The time you allot will affect how slowly or quickly you move from one area of your body to another. UpRight Movement helps to support the positive management of  Your “BODY SCAN”, with its newest Body Scan handout. Improve your Mindset and make progress toward your goals by leveraging UpRight Movement Principles. Aid your Recovery, Health and manage Stress so you can feel better, move better, and perform better! The Pillars of long lasting change are: Mindset, Recovery, Nutrition/Hydration, and Movement. For further assistance see UpRight Movement’s Regeneration Guidelines.   Click...
When Hungry, Eat. When Thirsty, Drink. When Tired, Sleep.

When Hungry, Eat. When Thirsty, Drink. When Tired, Sleep.

“Look to the season when choosing your cure.“ Hippocrates   All of the natural world lives and thrives with cyclical rhythms. As the sun shines upon one horizon, the moon beams upon another; one offers a time for more movement and the other for more rest. The seasonal rhythms of Spring and Summer have more temperate weather and longer days that support new life and increased activity, while the shorter days of Fall and cold Winter temperatures offer opportunities for restoration and regeneration. Often the period between October and April marks the cold and flu season across the Northern hemisphere. Perhaps a few reasons that can leave us more vulnerable to illness are: Decreased outdoor exposure of light and air Increased indoor exposure to people who have the cold/flu Increased Holiday Stress Increased Sugar and Alcohol consumption With these added holiday-season stressors, it may be even more important during this time of the year to balance your life and support your health and fitness. Consider the upcoming change of seasons as an opportunity to pay attention to how your body feels and practice balance. This might include more cheer, rest, sound nourishing food, appropriate restorative movement; and perhaps less guilt, food deprivation, and excessive workouts. The Pillars of long lasting change are: Mindset, Recovery, Nutrition/Hydration, and Movement. You can power your recovery, health and performance with UpRight Movement’s support and its Regeneration...
Library: Recommended Reading

Library: Recommended Reading

“Knowing is not enough, we must apply. Willing is not enough, we must do.” Bruce Lee   UpRight Movement has compiled our top recommended educational resources, to help empower you on your journey  upgrading your life with health, fitness, and performance. Power Your Recovery, Health and Performance within UpRight Movement’s Recommended Products Fitness and Nutrition section Page. The Pillars of long lasting change are: Mindset, Recovery, Nutrition/Hydration, and Movement. For further assistance see UpRight Movement’s Regeneration Guidelines. Or See Below   You Are What You Eat Your Are What You Eat Presented by Paul Chek 8 Audio CDs and 1 CD-ROM with e-manual in PDF format This informal discussion with Paul Chek highlights issues to consider when selecting the foods we consume. As Paul points out, our bodies replace millions of cells each day, as our tissues turn over continually. These new cells are made out of the building blocks that come from our food and drink. Do you want your bones, muscles, eyes and hair to be made from low quality fast food or nutritious organic produce? Paul talks about these ideas and more in this informative and entertaining audio program. He discusses research, uncovers controversies and provides suggestions on the following areas: Organic vs. commercially raised foods Cooked food vs. raw food Food processing and food storage Food packaging Genetically modified foods Food irradiation Fiber, colon health and detoxification The pros and cons of grains Alcohol Dairy Animal products, eggs and seafood Fats and oils Sugar Salt Water Microwave ovens The program comes complete with a manual which shows you how to highlight action items for yourself,...
UpRight Movement 101: Essentials

UpRight Movement 101: Essentials

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” Aristotle   RESULTS THAT LAST: Success is not defined by performing at a high level once. It’s about getting better every day.   UpRight Movement is on a mission to help change lives for the better. This blog post is intended to help put in action principles supporting your high-performance living.   Have a “WHY” that inspires you to be your best as well as to give to others. Practice the principles of: Mindset, Recovery, Nutrition/Hydration, and Movement. Visit and/or visualize a beautiful, peaceful landscape like a beach or forest; engage all your senses (sight, hearing, smell, taste, and feel). Share time with a friend, loved one and/or pet. Be grateful for your relationships. Practice deliberate breathing exercises to help you feel calm during times of stress. Wake and sleep with nature’s rhythms of light and dark. Expose yourself to fresh air and natural sunlight daily. Avoid caffeine after 12 PM. Avoid alcohol and try to minimize consumption of grains, sugars, and artificial sweeteners close to bedtime. Start winding down 2 hours before bedtime and dim the lights in the house, (incl. TV and Computers). Make bedroom dark and cool. Rest when tired, and sleep deeply by 10 PM for 8-10 hours. Hydrate your body with quality water- approximately .5 – 1 oz. per pound of body weight. Minimize your intake of other beverages like sodas, energy drinks, fruit juices, teas, coffees, and alcohol. Limit your intake of processed-grains, sugar, artificial sweeteners, nicotine and/or narcotics. Nourish your body with quality, fresh, nutritious whole food that is optimal for your genetic needs and health. Eat...
Rules To Live By

Rules To Live By

“Nutrition can make a good athlete great, or a great athlete good.” Mark Verstegen, Founder and President of EXOS   Eat BREAKFAST everyday! COME BACK TO EARTH!!! Try to choose the least processed forms of food. Animal protein, healthy fats, vegetables, minimal nuts, seeds, fruit and whole grains. EAT SMALLER PORTIONS MORE OFTEN spread evenly across the day. INCLUDE A HEALTHY PROTEIN SOURCE with each snack and meal. EAT FATS THAT GIVE SOMETHING BACK: Include healthy fats in your diet like coconut oil, olive oil, avocado, fish, pastured raised beef, pastured eggs, flaxseed, nuts, and seeds. DON’T WASTE YOUR WORKOUT: Drink a pre-workout shooter and/or a post-workout recovery shake or meal immediately after intensive training. ADD a multivitamin with anti-oxidant complex and an omega – 3 fish oil supplement into your daily routine. STAY HYDRATED: (.5 – 1 x body weight = ounces of water per day) by drinking only non-caloric beverages (water/green tea) EAT A RAINBOW OFTEN: Eat vegetables with each meal, and the best quality animal protein. SLEEP: Get some rest! The body recovers and repairs best when it is sleeping. *SIX REASONS YOU MAY NEED TO FILL THE GAPS MEDICAL DIAGNOSIS SPECIFIC STRENGTH & POWER GOALS INCREASED PHYSICAL ACTIVITY DIGESTIVE ISSUES INCREASED STRESS KNOWN NUTRITION DEFICIENCY *This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. UpRight Movement is a Force Multiplier supporting the positive practice of  Your “Rules To Live By”, with its newest Rules To Live By handout. Improve your Mindset and make progress toward your goals by leveraging UpRight...