- 1. Get aligned and balanced. (Return to your “original state” if possible.)
- 2. Slow down and build your base. (This is the opposite of no pain no gain.)
- 3. Find movement and fitness that you love. (The goal is to make exercise not a chore.)
We find that when people do all three of these things, in combination, very good things happen. The issue is that most people are not aware of the relationship between balance and pain.
Additionally, most people have the equation “extreme cardio = only way to lose weight” hard coded into their mind. On top of this, most people view exercise as a chore. We have seen that when people embrace this simple three step process, it can set them in motion. Literally!
But the first step takes a little work, an open mind and a little time. (You might want to bookmark this page so you can come back to it.) Read about the importance of balance, and look at the exercises. If you have any questions, ask us below and we will answer you.
We were introduced to this idea by one of the world’s leading experts at stopping chronic pain, Pete Egoscue. Pete is a friend of PEERtrainer and has an overwhelming track record in the area of helping people get moving and out of pain. He once helped golfer Jack Nicklaus play in a tournament after not being able to walk hours before.
He and his team have also helped me personally, and have helped family members. I first visited his clinic in LaJolla 15 years ago, where his team cured my back pain. I recently visited one of his clinics here in Colorado, to help me undo some of the structural stress that resulted from having kids, starting a business and really not having an awareness that this was something that I really needed to be focusing on.
I had a chance to speak with Pete, and he outlined for us his basic approach, and why it is fundamental to getting the motivation to move more. Which in turn is fundamental to weight loss and overall health.
Chronic Pain Is The Body Telling Us It Is Out Of Balance
The very first thing that Pete explained to me is that the cause of most physical pain is imbalance, and that the cure most often is regaining this balance. “We all have the same blueprint at birth, barring any genetic defect” and that his exercises help people get back to that original blueprint.
The big challenge in his view, is getting people to take preventive action. It may be that you are reading this and not aware of any obvious pain. Yet you are looking for more motivation to exercise, and it is highly probable that you are somewhere on the path towards increasing your pain and limitations. Most of us think this is simply the inevitable result of aging.