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Flexibility + Strength = Mobility

Flexibility + Strength = Mobility

If you tighten the string too much it will snap and if you leave it too slack, it won’t play.   With great flexibility comes great responsibility, (i.e. Flexibility + Strength = Mobility.) Or You wouldn’t drive your car without brakes. MOBILITY — Increasing Joints Ability to Move Joint Structure – Bone – Ligament – Capsule Physiological – Muscle – Tendon Neurological – Fascia – Tone — Multi-Variant — Multi-Planar — Functionally Driven = What it Produces, Not What it Looks like. STABILITY (Reflexive Strength) Control in the presence of change Functional Stability — Motor Control — Timing of Tonic and Phasic Muscles Contracting Smaller “Local” muscles (stabilizers) and bigger “Global” muscles (the big movers) Stabilizing and Mobilizing Passive Stability — Joint Capsules, Ligaments — Joint “Centration” (the stabilization and stacking of the joints along a central axis) Dependent on Motor Control The body is an interdependent kinetic system, and relies on a balance of flexibility and stability. As with many other aspects of movement (Bio-Motor Skills) too little or too much can cause an imbalance. Congenital laxity can be a major problem from a medical perspective. Movement – based and athletic implications aside, hypermobility may not always be benign. The Beighton Scale, Hypermobility Screen is as below with an interval scoring system. 1. Extend the little finger over the back of the hand — if 90 degrees or greater Score: 1 Point Left 1 Point Right 2. Flex the thumb toward the forearm — if the thumb touches the forearm Score: 1 Point Left 1 Point Right 3. Extend the arm — if 10 degrees or more of...
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...
Managing Inflammation

Managing Inflammation

“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” Hippocrates   Did you know that you  can manage inflammation through nutrition? While some inflammation is necessary to fight off infection and repair broken-down muscle after a workout, chronic inflammation can cause serious health issues. Eating quality meals high in vegetables, fruits, antioxidant-rich grains, fish and healthy proteins, and nuts and seeds has been shown to help prevent long-term health issues by helping to limit inflammation.  Learning simple strategies to control inflammation in the body can be a game changer for your health, performance, and recovery. Here are five dietary contributors to inflammation to be aware of. Fill your diet with anti-inflammatory options like grass-fed meat, fish, eggs, and fruits and vegetables.   Omega-3 fatty acids are also a great source of healthy fat that have been shown to help maintain the body’s normal inflammatory response during strenuous exercise.* THORNE RESEARCH: Sports Performance | Omega-3 *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. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. UpRight Movement helps to support the positive management of  Your “INFLAMMATION”, with its newest Inflammation 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...
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...
Rehab + Training = Success

Rehab + Training = Success

“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” Helen Keller   Due to UpRight Movement’s dedication to providing you with “best in practice” services we are now referring clients to Pivotal Connections (Physical Therapy and Sports Enhancement) if we feel they could benefit from physical therapy in their wellness program. UpRight Movement and Pivotal Connections are both members of the Functional Movement Systems community, bringing you the best in rehabilitation and performance (Performance...