LD: Where do we start?
Let’s start with range-of-motion minimums, like putting your arms over your head, reaching behind your back to do your bra or squatting all the way to the ground.
Those range-of-motion minimums create a body that is under less stress, is more resilient and that has more options.
We are on a mission to give people the tools to make themselves feel better or to take care of their family members so that we don’t feel flummoxed when our daughter comes home and says her knee hurts after water polo practice. We don’t want you to go to the gym and lie on a foam roller. We want you to go to the gym and train and play and exercise and breathe hard. You can take care of moving around by squatting in front of the TV when you get home. In the last 15 minutes before you go to bed, there’s still an opportunity for you to make yourself feel better. People wait until they have either a nagging pain or some kind of catastrophic injury, and all of a sudden, they’re facing a [crisis to] start taking care of their body.
What we realize is that it’s no one’s fault. We’re just expressions of the system and people are in pain. It doesn’t matter how rich your family is or what state you live in, we’re staring at big statistics around the fact that there’s something going on with the environment that isn’t conducive to thriving as a human being.
So ultimately what we’re trying to do is teach people how to take care of their bodies so that they feel happy and healthy and share sensible ideas with their families.
LD: How does life change when you Live Ready?
This is a core Ready State principle. It’s impossible to reach your full potential if you’re in pain, stiff or tight. Yes, maintaining your body helps you play sports and exercise better, but your physical health also impacts your daily mental and emotional health. So getting in The Ready State also can help you be a better leader, employee, executive or entrepreneur.
The body is an integrated system. For example, if you move more during the day, you’ll accumulate enough exercise to feel tired in the evening, and when you roll around on a ball for 10 minutes before you go to bed, you’ll trigger a huge downregulatory effect and fall asleep sooner, sleep deeper and wake up more refreshed. When you change your breathing pattern, [it] directly impacts how your brain is perceiving your stress level. If we want to have better cognitive function, we’ve got to move more, and the research is clear on this, from kids to adults.
Our experience over the last 15 years is that you have the power to make yourself feel better, improve your body’s amazing physical capacities and improve your output. Knowing how to take care of yourself is one of the things that makes us human beings.