When Cristin and I started writing this blog, we decided that one of the first things we should write about were our individual philosophies on exercise and nutrition, and how they relate to health and wellness. We posted our philosophies in October, 2012. When Cristin wrote her philosophy, she neatly broke out her beliefs about nutrition into what we later called “Cristin’s 6 Nutritional Tenets”. When I read Cristin’s philosphy I thought, “Wow, these are simple, easy to understand guidelines that allow for individual freedoms, and I believe that if everyone followed them Montana would be a healthier state.” I’ve been jealous ever since. Recently I went back and revisited my exercise philosophy and tried to formulate my beliefs as Cristin did: in a way that summarizes my philosophy, but also could serve as guidelines for people trying to live healthy, high-quality lives. I didn’t come up with 6, but I managed 5. So, here are my Montana Moves “High Five”.
- Move More, Sit Less
- Find balance in Life
- Move better: Learn and master proper movement patterns
- Be able to lift something properly
- Be able to squat properly
- Be able to stabilize through the core
- Play Outside
- Have fun
There you have it. Of course, I will elaborate on each one, just as Cristin did for her Tenets. Now I have material for several more blog articles, some videos…maybe I’ll even do a webinar! I believe, both from personal experience, and from scientific research, that if people followed the High Five in some form or fashion, they would be on a nice path toward optimal health and fitness. Follow the High Five and Cristin’s 6 Tenets? We think it’s a recipe for a high quality lifestyle—and that’s exactly our vision here at MUS Wellness!