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We all know the importance of exercise for general well being, and to prevent illnesses or aging prematurely. It has being scientifically proven that physical fitness results in lower mortality rate, helps in the prevention of diseases such as cancer, osteoporosis, obesity, cardiovascular diseases, and even is helpful in fighting depression and in stabilizing mood behavior. However, nowhere in the official guidelines for recovery, is there a mention of the importance exercise may play in the field of recovery!
Regardless, recovery centers and individuals are naturally beginning to incorporate certain types of exercises such as yoga, walking, or even personal training in their recovery action plan.
However, two critical factors are overlooked when selecting an exercise modality to support the recovery process:
- The role of proper postural alignment
- For the efficient distribution of life energy within the body
- To stabilize mood behavior and fight against depression
- The prevention and rehabilitation of injury
- The importance of physically strengthening the nervous system
- For emotional stability
- To enable the individual in recovery to make healthy decisions while under stress
These are crucial factors that affect mood behavior, general well-being and physical health and will dramatically influence, not only the recovery success rate but also one’s quality of life in general.
What needs to be understood is the information received in a therapy session is intellectual data. Once you leave the session you need to ground the body physically in order to maintain emotional and mental stability under stress and apply to tools provided by your therapist.
The body is a physical entity that reacts to the law of gravity. It is a self-healing organism and the nervous system is responsible for it’s healing.
So lets just take a moment and explore the role of the nervous system in the recovery process.
Our nervous system controls the function of every cell, tissue and organ in our body and coordinates them together as to enable our body to work in perfect harmony. True health means that our body is functioning at a hundred per cent capacity, and this does not necessarily represent how we feel. A person could have cancer or heart disease and feel great, but obviously be in very poor health.
It is important to make the connection that health, mental and physical, including sobriety, is controlled by our nervous system. Therefore, in order to have true health, the nervous system must be able to control and coordinate the function of every cell, tissue and organ without interference.
The brain and spinal cord are connected to every cell an organ via our spinal nervous system. The spine, to assist them, is composed of three types of nerves.
Sensory nerves: These nerves tell our brain what is happening in our internal and external environment.
Motor nerves: These nerves controls and coordinate our muscles.
Autonomic nerves: These nerves control and coordinate our organs and glands.
To recap, in simple terms, if the electrical box in your house is too small, you will probably find the lights flickering on and off when you run too many appliances at the same time. You may even blow a fuse because the circuit is on overload. In order to accommodate the load, you will need to upgrade or even completely rewire your electrical system.
It is the same with the nervous system; if put on overload, it will not be able to handle the stress in your life. The nervous system is the control and communication system of the body. Its job is to send and receive messages. The nervous system controls all our thoughts and movements, via the spinal column.
That is why we must learn to protect and strengthen our nervous system and concern ourselves with proper postural alignment in order to clear the neuromuscular pathways to the brain.
There are multiple ways to calm the nervous system, for example walking in nature, hugging a tree, breathing, meditating, which are helpful but only address the issue partially.
The Body Design Formula created by Dr. Fitness USA offers a revolutionary protocol. The body undergoes a targeted series of specific sequences of strength training exercises that impact the nervous system with a tremendous amount of physical strength and releases a massive dosage of endorphins thought-out the body very rapidly. This process links the brain-muscle connection, instantly quiets the mind and creates an immediate feeling of calm, empowerment and accomplishment.
At the same time, this protocol addresses postural alignment and muscular imbalances. The side effects are a beautifully sculpted body and a physique you could only dream of having, beyond your wildest imagination. Body Design Formula by Dr. Fitness USA is quite unique in its applications and outcomes.
Now it is important to mention that not every exercise modality is created equal and produce the results above mentioned. As a matter of fact, some could be seriously counter productive to the recovery process, a healthy body, mind and spirit, and even purely and simply detrimental; it is unfortunate to witness well-intentioned fitness aficionados become injured as a result of following plans that put unnecessary stress on the nervous system, joints, tendons and ligaments, Too many exercise programs do not provide as healthy and solid foundation.
I will illustrate my point with a metaphor.
THE THREE LITTLE PIGS:
We all know the story of the three little pigs, right? The first pig built his house with straw, the second used sticks, the third one was smarter and even though it required more patience and more work, he built his house with bricks. When the big bad wolf came, and huffed and puffed, he blew down both houses made of straw and sticks, only the house made of bricks held up.
And so it is with the human body. Sadly, most people address their fitness regimen without a plan and without understanding the crucial importance of building a strong foundation, which means addressing issues such as restoring proper postural alignment and strengthening the nervous system as mentioned above, as well as correcting muscle and structural imbalances, among other factors like taking into consideration lifestyle and environment.
And so, as depicted in the three little pigs’ tale, when the unexpected challenges of life happen, inevitably the body gives out, unless you have prepared yourself ahead of time.
The three foundational pillars that differentiate the Body Design Formula Strength Training System created by Dr. Fitness USA from other fitness modalities, have guaranteed its success for over four decades, and establish it as the only logical choice for inner and outer fitness are:
- Symmetry: postural alignment and correcting muscular imbalances that lead to injuries
- Strength: physical and emotional stability by strengthening the body and the nervous system
- Sustainability: Long term vision for a balanced lifestyle in body mind and spirit
In our next articles we will explore more specifically how the Body Design Formula strength-training system created by Dr. Fitness USA works on the nervous system and postural alignment beyond yoga, Pilates and personal training.
Written by Batista Gremaud
Author of “How to lose weight and look good with strength training” and “Extreme Muscle Makeover”
Coming to a book store near you “Stronger than Medicine”