In today’s fast-paced world with so many distractions, a regular body scan is all the more important. A body scan is about interoception, sensing signals from the body. The more we connect with our physical bodies, the more we feel what is good for us. Everything we suppress will sooner or later show up in our physical bodies. That’s why body awareness is so critical to our health. Don’t neglect it, it speaks volumes!

Your energy is not just in your voice but everywhere in your body. So why should you focus your energy on verbal communication alone when you have so much more to offer? Your body has the power to show your energy level in a much more impactful way than words alone. Verbal communication can be enhanced by non-verbal cues, such as tone of voice and facial expressions. But to really level up our body language, we should make our message more impactful by looking at our body as a landscape of communication. Your body is an expression of your personal communication style. When we are involved and play more with our non-verbal body parts, such as gestures and posture, we reveal the most powerful communication tool. That’s why being mindful of the message as well as the messenger who sends it out can change our lives.

Hip impingement, also known as femoroacetabular impingement (FAI), is a condition where there is abnormal contact between the bones of the hip joint. This can cause pain, stiffness, and reduced range of motion in the hip. There are two main types of hip impingement: cam impingement, where the head of the femur is not round and cannot rotate smoothly in the hip socket, and pincer impingement, where there is too much coverage of the hip socket, causing the labrum to be pinched. In addition, there is the mixed impingement, which is a combination of both.

Treatment options may include physical therapy, anti-inflammatory medication, and in severe cases, surgery. As you may know, there are no guarantees in life, and so far I have tried to “overcome” it with physical exercise and a cortisone injection (which brings temporary relief but not really root cause improvement). Maybe I will opt for surgery in the future to counteract the mechanical situation…Only time will tell.

I had so many disappointing and regretful moments in the past. But there is always a learning in it, right? Thanks to this painful diagnosis, I have discovered so many new things. My conscious field of movement has increased enormously, and I feel my body more deeply. I’m not just rushing through an exercise but try many different approaches to enhance my experience. There were so many new adventures to welcome and I’m deeply thankful for everything! When we open our lens and see it more as an opportunity, we gain so much. And since the doctor makes the diagnosis and God makes the prognosis, there is always hope😊!

What happens if I don’t move my body for a day?
I feel less alive, unbalanced, stressed and my natural clock gets messed up. When we only use our brain, or overuse our control tower, we feel more burnt out than when we have a good mix of physical and mental exercises. Find time and space for a physical activity that gives you so much. For me it’s almost always excitement and pleasure – before, during and after the activity.

Our bodies know that they belong to this Earth. It is our mind that always drifts away. Give your body the attention it deserve!

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.