As promised after the last two film recommendations I thought I would go for something much softer! Inside Out is a Disney Pixar movie and mostly takes place in the headquarters of an 11 year old girls mind, where 5 emotions are hard at work. My own children love this film and the constant balancing act between the emotions of Joy, fear, anger, disgust and sadness are very entertaining.
This is a good family film that was also recommended by brilliant neuroscientist Lisa Garret who said “It demonstrates a range of facial and bodily configurations that accurately reveal differing emotional behaviour and gestures.”
Well worth a watch!
This weeks podcast
The Western world is obsessed with footwear.
Footwear for going out, for work, for walking and going to the gym.
It remains a very modern phenomena and one that has been instrumental in disconnecting us from the ground beneath our feet and the earth itself.
With over 7,000 nerve endings in the feet, 26 bones, 33 joints and over a 100 tendons, muscles and ligaments, the feet provide stability, balance, strength, grip, shock absorption to walk and run.
Yet, we have been actively blunting this intelligence in our children and ourselves in favour of fashion, fitting in and societal trends.
Incredibly, we now feel vulnerable without anything on our feet and yet it is the majority of footwear that really makes us vulnerable.
Then there are the very real health and healing benefits that come from walking barefoot on the grass. A reconnection to an ancient wisdom, that only comes from feeling the earth beneath our feet.
This weeks podcast covers grounding for health, healing and strength. In addition, I will cover its effects on depression and stress too.
‘Earth Mind’ – Reconnect through Grounding.
Saying of the week.
“Walking. I am listening to a deeper way.
Suddenly all my ancestors are behind me.
Be still, they say. Watch and listen.
You are the result of the love of thousands.”
– Linda Hogan
Born To Run: The hidden tribe, the ultra runners and the greatest race the world has never seen by Christopher McDougall
This book is incredibly inspiring. It is one of those rare books I have read more than once due to the wealth of knowledge and inspiration contained within its pages.
Below is the Amazon description;
At the heart of Born to Run lies a mysterious tribe of Mexican Indians, the Tarahumara, who live quietly in canyons and are reputed to be the best distance runners in the world; in 1993, one of them, aged 57, came first in a prestigious 100-mile race wearing a toga and sandals. A small group of the world’s top ultra-runners (and the awe-inspiring author) make the treacherous journey into the canyons to try to learn the tribe’s secrets and then take them on over a course 50 miles long.
A classic read and one of the most enjoyable books I’ve read.
A question I got asked this week.
“Which is the best footwear for my running and gym work?”
Ok, the question of the week above isn’t strictly true. I get asked this question every week, sometimes twice a week. I get asked this question from runners, those that attend a gym, people that train at home and many more that have fallen for the myth that if you spend an absolute fortune on footwear with soles that resemble mini mattresses, you will be safer from injury and performance will be enhanced.
Here’s the truth.
Overly protective trainers knock your whole body out of alignment, destabilise you, encourage you to walk and run wrong, weaken your feet and as a result, the rest of your body, and make you more prone to injury. They also disconnect you from the earth which is the biggest foot failure of all.
Ballet dancers, Kick boxers, Boxers, Tai Chi and Chi Gung proponents always train in a minimum of footwear or barefoot. They have strong, intelligent feet. So do yourself a favour, reconnect by training in barefoot. Your health, body, awareness and strength will all improve through doing this.
If you really need to wear them due to gym rules, environment or whatever else, then check out these brands below. I’ve always found them quite good but remember, nothing replaces the benefits of naked feet.