Often underestimated and overlooked, although often seen. Our skin obviously seems to be overlooked! For me, it is one of the most fascinating organs of our bodies – a masterpiece of the universe. It is one of the most important boundaries and thresholds between the inside and outside body, between the individual and society. However, it is not a fixed, hard boundary, but an adaptable and permeable one. The skin is not only the largest organ of the human body, but also the heaviest. It breathes air and absorbs and releases moisture.

The skin with its different skin layers is simply a miracle!

There are many things an employer / employee can do to create a more pleasant working environment. A standing desk is one of the best ways to support employee health and wellbeing in the workplace. In my opinion, it is absolutely key for a good work environment, particularly if you work mostly in a sitting position at a desk. Although there may be some debate about the exact health benefits, I believe that regular use of a standing desk definitely has a positive impact on overall health and productivity.

For me, the main benefits of a standing desk are the following:

  • Opens up the whole body and improves posture.
  • Helps strengthen particularly core, leg (especially anterior and posterior thigh muscles), ankle and foot muscles.
  • Reduces back pain.
  • Helps with wrist position.
  • Keeps circulation going.
  • Boosts focus and mood.
  • Incentivizes other movements and provides help for full body rotation.

If you are thinking of making a change in the office, good standing desks are a simple way forward! For me, a standing desk is one of the key tools – indispensable!

I’m a passionate runner and hiker. For me, my feet are sacred. They are an integral part of my body, connecting me to the earth. I had given them special attention since I started running, especially since I began wearing barefoot shoes throughout the day in 2019.
Vivo barefoot shoes are my preferred shoes, as they give me several benefits, which include:

  • Better control of foot position when it strikes the ground, improved foot mechanics, and better mechanics of the hips, knees, and core thanks to sensory feedback
  • Improvements in balance, proprioception, and body awareness –> sensitisation of the body
  • Maintaining appropriate range of motion in foot and ankle joints and providing adequate strength and stability within muscles and ligaments, which support the lower back region
  • Thanks to the extra space they offer relief from improperly fitting shoes, which may cause bunions, hammertoes, or other foot deformities
  • Stronger foot and leg muscles, which support the lower back region

It can be broken down to four main specifications of the shoe:

  1. Thin sole of approximately 3mm
  2. No heel lift
  3. Extra space for the toes
  4. Flexibility and lightness

Through the help of calisthenics, which is so natural and essential to us human beings, we develop stronger muscles.

But as life reminds us, nothing comes easy. Though it may seem simple, it is never easy, and we have to take daily action on the simple things too, which seem so obvious that we often need to remember to do it, yet they are so central to our health.

Paying attention to your feet (shoes!) is one of the major steps towards a more balanced and healthier life.
Happy feet indeed! 👣

What is life without a good night’s sleep?

We spend so much time sleeping, more than one-third, more than anything else. To be thankful for a good night is not self-evident and yet so essential, one of the most important activities of all. Therefore, if you try to grow, try to sleep better. This can make a big difference in your life – maybe the most significant!

Here are some tips:

  • Exposure to bright light during the day and dimming of blue light before going to bed;
  • No caffeine in the evening and only a little alcohol consume;
  • Consistency with regard to bedtime and weak-up time;
  • Not too many naps during the day;
  • High quality sleeping environment, including the bed itself;
  • Exercise regularly (including sexual activities) during the day, especially outside in nature.

I wish you quality sleep because nothing is like a good night’s exercise in the form of restful sleep.

Physical pain, defined as a highly unpleasant physical sensation caused by illness or injury, often hurts. Sometimes, certain physical pain sensations are alleviated when triggered by pressure and relieved upon release. This can be beneficial for some individuals. If the feeling improves and the pain does not worsen over time, why not consider practices like trigger point therapy? The distinction between what is helpful and what is excessive can be subtle. However, it’s worth trying different options to achieve positive results.

As a former passionate track and field athlete, I often experienced Achilles tendon pain that was somewhat chronic. Along with exercises for the calf and soleus muscles, trigger point therapy proved helpful. It was such a relieving feeling when the pressure was released. Maybe you have other good examples where pain therapy became somewhat exciting, at least directly after the treatment.

If you don’t try, you don’t experience it! Experience keeps you growing!

One of my best friends recently asked me what body weight is right for me.

My answer was: I believe that our body weight plays a crucial role in maintaining a sense of balance. It serves as the equilibrium force for our “inner” space, as opposed to the sense of balance we rely on for the “outer” space. I know pretty well when I have 1 kg too much or 1 kg too little body weight without resorting to a weighing scale.
It is a feeling that emanates from within. Maintaining or regulating my body weight has helped me adopt a lifestyle and dietary habits that are more attuned to my instincts rather than strict rules. I firmly believe that the frequency of one’s meals is less important than the quality and nature of the food eaten. It is often quality rather than quantity.

You are what you eat AND digest.

When was the last time you took a closer look at your body? Have you felt, seen, or heard your pulse in various parts of your body?
When was the last time you were genuinely present and fully aware of yourself?
When was the last time you were outside without headphones and fully surrendered to nature?

From my point of view, it doesn’t matter if we are lying, sitting, walking, running, or in any other position or movement; the important thing is that we feel comfortable in it and fully concentrate on ourselves and our surroundings and inspire ourselves in the process.

Trust your intuition!

When was the last time you thought about your fingers? And your toes? It’s easy to overlook these important body parts, but they play such a crucial role in our daily lives. When was the last time you showed them some appreciation?

It’s amazing how easily we take our ability to use our fingers and toes for granted without even thinking about it. Our fingers and toes run virtually automatically all day and night. Fascinating how quickly and artfully we can handle our hands and feet as if they had a memory of their own. The fingers are very nimble in humans, and this is due to decades of training in writing and playing. The toes are often a little forgotten, although they would probably be just as skillful if we used them so consciously and unconsciously for artistic things every day.

Let’s give our twenty artists a little more applause and gratitude. They are more than worth it!

Movement is a great way to enhance body awareness. The type of movement isn’t important as long as it brings you joy, even if it requires effort (or just because of the effort). Why? Moving your body regularly brings many benefits such as increased blood flow, positive stress (eustress), and a sense of aliveness and accomplishment. Just like a dancer, try out different MOVEmentS and you’ll uncover the hidden wonders of your being.

Don’t forget to take breaks throughout the day to check in with your body and release any tension with inspirational exercise tension. Follow your curiosity and let your body guide you toward a magical experience.

Our physical state often influences our mood and energy levels throughout the day – Physical activity is often the key to opening the door to your well-being!

Life is not easy but simple. There are relatively simple tricks for keeping the body supple daily. Of course, stretching is perfect, and you can do it more or less everywhere. If you have a sedentary job, standing up or walking around as much as possible is essential. A standing desk at work, especially for long periods, is a simple way to maintain posture and suppleness – I hope companies hear me. Another method is to change position regularly.
[By the way, over the years, the sleeping position also changes. I used to be a “convinced” side sleeper, and now I change my position more often. I now even like to sleep on my stomach occasionally, something I couldn’t imagine before, let alone wanted to do.]
The important thing is that the body gets moving at regular intervals. Simple and yet still so difficult for many –
Keep on moving!