Healthy Movement + Healthy Eating = Super Healthy Life
It’s a simple equation that is backed by, probably literal, mountains of research. Even without this research, though, it is intuitive:
What we put into our bodies and how we move our bodies will invariably determine, to a large degree, how are bodies operate and feel.
Now this probably isn’t news to you – you know that exercising is good. But when you say or hear the word “exercise,” what do you think of? Additionally, you know that fruits, veggies, lean meats, healthy fats, whole grains, and plenty of water are good for you. But when you hear the words “nutrition” or “healthy eating,” what do you think of?
Many people I ask the exercise question think about treadmills or elliptical machines. When I ask the nutrition question they think about restrictive and tasteless food (“cardboard” or “rabbit food”). What a poor life sentence for these words!
Here’s how I like to think about these things:
is simply purposeful movement with the goal of creating a health or performance adaptation in the body (for that reason I often just say the word “movement” instead). Look at how that opened up the exercise world from “treadmills” to infinite possibilities! Want to move with less pain in your knee? There’s purposeful movement for that. Want to be able to hike to the top of your favorite local mountain trail? There’s purposeful movement for that. Want to have a better chance at next season’s tryouts? There’s purposeful movement for that, too!
Sure, there often is a need for treadmills (or outdoor running) and traditional exercise modalities in these goals. However, I much prefer to integrate and use novel, often playful, movements to unlock the movement potential in the body.
is a means to provide my body with what it needs to flourish. Let’s break a thought-process right here – food is not simply meant to make you feel full. If that was the case, we’d all thrive on sawdust and water. As PN puts it, food is much more than “fuel.” Are the foods you are putting into your body moving you towards your goals or away from your goals? Are you getting a variety of flavors and colors and textures from whole-food sources? If you can say, “yes” to these two questions honestly, then you also know that nutrition is not restrictive or tasteless.
My guess, if you’re here, is that you need some guidance and a sense of accountability; a nudge in a different direction with purpose. Most people need to take action, but get overwhelmed and don’t know where or how to start.
That is why I am here and where I want to help you! (Learn more about me here.)
Mark Heisig, BSc, Movement and Nutrition Specialist
Naturopathic Medical Student (NMS4 Bastyr University, 2019)
Fellow of Functional Neurology Student (Carrick Institute)
Revolution in Motion Certified Trainer
PN Level 1 Nutrition Coach
If you are in the Seattle Area and would like to work with me for private movement training and/or nutrition coaching, please fill out the contact information below and we will be in touch! I am very excited to meet you and help you achieve your health and movement goals!
Important Note: I do not yet have my medical license. My coaching is NOT to replace any medical advice or therapies. Any information gleaned from this site is NOT medical advice, and is NOT meant to diagnose, treat, or cure ANY diseases or conditions. Please seek the help of your primary care provider (ND, MD, DO, etc..) if you are concerned about a condition. If in the Seattle area, schedule a visit with an ND Team Care Shift at BCNH. As world famous Tim Ferris would say, “Please don’t do anything stupid and kill yourself. It would make us both quite unhappy…”