So you learned how to hold a baby in Part 1 but that's the easy part. Now we have to go over how to pick these little suckers up off the ground!
It's my honest opinion that kids often times intentionally try and make it as hard as possible to pick them up. When my son doesn't want bath time to end but I'm tired of dodging wet foam alphabet letters, it's time to pick him up. Picking up a 28 lbs toddler may not sound very difficult but if you think that, you obviously don't have kids. Try this to get a better understanding of what it's like. Go to a fish market and buy a 28 lbs live salmon. Now fill the bath tub up and put the fish in the water after you cover it in soap. Now bend over and try and pick up the fish and wrap it in a towel. Let me know how that works out for you.
Today's video is designed to help you save your back while you perform your parenting activities. Whether it be getting a kid out of the tub, putting them in a car seat or getting them in and out of a crib. Parenthood is basically performing high volumes of deficit deadlifts in really awkward positions.
Best of luck with the kids!
Hey guys, being a parent is freaking hard! If you have kids you know what I'm talking about. If you don't have kids, enjoy your free time and sleep while it lasts.
Over the course of the next few weeks we'll be releasing some videos on how to stay pain free as a parent. From holding your kids, to picking them up and everything in between. We can apply some of the Movement and Mobility principles to every situation. Enjoy the videos and apply the concepts to your daily lives. Don't worry guys, we can survive parenthood together!
So you made the switch to a standing desk. Congratulations, you are on your way to breaking free from the ball and chain that is your computer chair.
Here's a scenario I often hear from the clients I get to switch to a standing desk. It's day one at their standing desk and the client is feeling great. Finally liberated from their chair and ready to reclaim their athletic prowess! After an hour their knee starts to ache a little bit but no worries, the body has to adjust right. After the second hour their back starts to ache a little bit. No problem, it's not as bad as sitting all day. By hour four they're leaning against their desk as if they just finished a marathon trying to off load as much body weight as possible on to their new desk. No worries guys, there are some simple fixes to help you with your transition to a standing desk.
Here's the deal people. Standing desks are awesome, but you also have to understand that standing is a skill! This second part to our standing desk series goes over how to stand at your desk and techniques to be comfortable standing all day long.
If you haven't seen part one, check it out. Also, keep your an eye out for Kelly's new book Deskbound! It's going to cover a ton of strategies to help keep your body healthy while you spend all day in your wonderful cubicle.
By the way, I'm not wearing camouflage so that I can blend in with my surroundings. I'm still active duty in the U.S Army but not for much longer. I'll be full time in Atlanta, Georgia seeing clients at CrossFit North Atlanta starting June 2014! That means all you CrossFit athletes and endurance athletes will finally have a Physical Therapist locally that specializes in working with your unique issues. In the words of the great Bart Scott, can't wait!
This is for all you executive athletes, aka you people with your butt in a chair most of the day. We know prolonged sitting is not good for your health. We also know it can wreck your hip mobility, force you into a junky position and create chronic lower back issues.
If you don't care about you hip mobility or spine, how about this. IT WILL HELP YOU LOSE WEIGHT! Watch the video below to see what I'm talking about.
A friend of my Juliet Starrett referenced this on Facebook about a week ago and it's also referenced in the book The Story of the Human Body by Daniel Lieberman. I highly recommend you read this book. The numbers for this video are based off a 150 lbs person calculated at this site.
Switch to standing more and your body will thank you for it.
Dr. Danny and Dr. Jackie's views on performance improvement, injury prevention and sometimes other random thoughts.