These tasty morsels (exercise tips and tricks) will be helpful
to you while learning to move and exercise.
Some dispel common fitness myths and
misconceptions about exercise that are rarely challenged.

Exercise Tips And Tricks

Brain Food (Eating before Exercise)

Before exerting your body (for example, before the floor exercises, before weight-resistance training, or before any self-directed workout), eat some food that delivers protein (to fuel the brain, so that it can participate in the mind-muscle connection), with a lesser amount of carbohydrate (to give you energy). My trainer Glen Cunningham recommended chicken and potatoes.

To replace nitrogen that exertion burns from your muscles, eat some fish after your workout.


This principle, also used in yoga, martial arts, massage, etc., involves pushing two body parts against each other, with equal pressure, but in opposing directions (so, there is no movement). My father’s chiropractor gave him this agonist-antagonist neck exercise: to press his hand against the four sides of his head, in sequence, while pressing his head against his hand. At the time, he and I both found the exercise boring. I have since discovered that movements like this one are more effective after assuming the position, and in combination with self-massage and other stances and exercises, as noted throughout this book, where relevant. The agonist-antagonist element contributes to the realigning and unblocking of muscles and skeletal components.

Eureka! Telephone Ear

I was, for years, in the unconscious habit of always placing the telephone handset to my left ear. Once, I decided to use my right ear until I could hear to the same degree. Within 5 minutes my right hand became tired, then weak, then sore, as it awakened. This effect dominoed through my right arm, shoulder and hip (in that order). When I returned the handset to the left side, I could feel the strength and contraction of the left biceps.

I then had a eureka experience about having spent my whole telephone life pressing my left arm against my head in an agonist-antagonist fashion. I realized why my left biceps always had a nice shape while the right (my supposedly dominant side) was wonky in its movement. This repetitive movement was avoidable, and is also an example of dominant-side weakness.

Meridians or Muscle Chain?

The muscle chain refers to the intricate system of muscles throughout the body and how they connect to each other. The meridians (from Chinese medicine) are the 12 channels through which chi circulates, and which connect acupuncture points.

Osteopathy and many other bodywork disciplines are based on working with the muscle chain. If you picture how it connects to and interacts with the skeletal system, ligaments, and tendons, then you can easily understand how working one part of your body can have a profound effect on another, through the muscle chain.

If you picture an energy map of the acupuncture points and their meridians overlaid onto the physical components (muscle, bones, etc.), then it becomes easy to understand that these two parallel systems inevitably influence each other. We are able to feel the effects in one system of an action on the other (by pressing on tissue, points, muscles, or meridian).

Many aches and pains are explained away as radiating pain. What is radiating pain, if not pain emanating from elsewhere in the muscle chain? Many medical mysteries will only be solved once science and medicine adopt a whole-body approach that recognizes the interaction between the physical body and the energy body and between apparently discrete body parts.

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Exercise Tips And Tricks
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Exercise Tips And Tricks
These tasty morsels (exercise tips and tricks) will be helpful to you while learning to move and exercise. Some dispel common fitness myths and misconceptions about exercise that are rarely challenged.