With the cooler temperatures already here and holiday feasts impending, I decided to focus on my health and wellbeing through the end of the year. The very next day, I got an email announcing that my teacher, Grandmaster Kim, will be coming to SoCal to do his Master’s’ Seminar in February. There are no coincidences.

Even though El Niño has brought much needed rain to SoCal, my post-op hip hasn’t been appreciating it as much as Mother Nature has. I’ve tried to let it rest and in doing so, have let myself get weak. I can hear Grandmaster Kim’s advice to exercise the injured body part. He always advocated working out, specifically lifting weights, for any sort of injury involving a joint. It could be a knee, shoulder, whatever. I wasn’t always convinced of this method, especially after taking some yoga classes where I was introduced to the idea of accepting and working with your body’s ever changing capabilities.

Anyway, as a martial arts instructor, I know about physical training and people who have a history of exercising regularly for at least a year lose their fitness slower than those who have not. Lucky me.

Still, considering how long it had been since I trained and the regular ache in my hip, I started with the PT exercises I was given after my surgery. I got through them with a little effort, and a little more pain. I was still surprised when I noticed soreness a few days later. Fine. Start at the beginning. I know that too.

What I also noticed was that it was in the smaller connective tissues that I had lost the most strength. It wasn’t so much my muscles that had gotten weak, but my joints.

When I was last focused on joint health, I became a big fan and advocate of mineral supplementation. The ideas (and supplements) I subscribe to come from Dr. Wallach, author of Dead Doctors Don’t Lie

“Highlights from Dead Doctors Don’t Lie:

  • There are at least 5 groups of people in the world whose average life span exceeds 100 years.
  • Many major diseases have been eliminated in the livestock industry years ago by simple inexpensive nutritional supplementation.
  • According to U.S. Senate Document #264, our farmlands have been depleted of essential minerals. This document dates back to 1936.
  • There is no such thing as “Eating Right”. If the minerals aren’t in the soil where the food is grown, they are not in our foods.
  • Our bodies need no less than 90 essential nutrients, and there are as many as 10 deficiency diseases that can result for each nutrient that is missing for any length of time. This is a total of up to 900 diseases that can be prevented with proper nutrition.”

I’ve tried a lot of supplements over the years and I tried one of Dr. Wallach’s formulas that was originally called a Pig Pak, and I loved it. I had more energy. I slept better. And most importantly, my hip felt better.

So that’s where I’m starting, with PT and nutrition. Pretty darn chill. I’m trying to be yogi-like and be more compassionate with myself, but I want high energy exercise too! So for cardio, I’m adding Taekwon-Do patterns and rebounding!

Which is where I’ll leave it for now, and I can’t wait to share with you the benefits of rebounding next time! Until then, if you’d like to read more about Dr. Wallach, click here and if you’d like to buy any of his supplements, please use my link and feel free to ask me questions!

What supplements do you love?