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November 2018

The Month of Moustache Wisdom Part 2: Magnum PI

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i’move continues to celebrate men’s health month by getting advice from guys with great moustaches. Entry number two in this series is perhaps the most famous tv moustache of all time: Tom Selleck.

In a 2014 interview with GQ Magazine, Tom Selleck complained that his body would let him down at times when he had to do his own stunts on the set. Typically, he would spend a lot of time sitting around between takes and then would have to immediately get up and do something athletic like sliding across the hood of a Ferrari or tackling a bad guy. He realized that not taking the time for a proper warm up was the main cause of his aches and pains.

So here are a few components of a proper warm up that you can use before starting an activity.

  • Your warm up should look like your activity. A weight lifter and a marathoner should warm up differently; they are using the same muscles, but they are using them in a very different way.
  • Your warm up should be dynamic, not static. Numerous studies have shown that static stretching (sitting still and holding stretch for 30 seconds) can limit performance and possibly cause injury. Dynamic movements that take your joints through a full range of motion are much preferred. Save the static stretching for the end of your activity where it is still appropriate.
  • Your warm up should get entire body moving. If you look at a runner, there is significant arm motion and rotation through the entire spine. Don’t just focus on the calves and hamstrings and assume you’re ready to go for a run.
  • The goal of the warm up is to get the heart pumping to get the blood flowing and to wake up the joints and the nervous system. Don’t go so aggressively that you can’t talk to your running partner or sing along with Abba on your Spotify mix. If you’re going to go for a run, do a couple minutes of walking. If you’re going to do so lifting on a squat rack, go through a few reps with just the bar before adding weight.

I recall going to a Detroit Tigers game several years ago where before the game started, three Tigers were laying by 3rd base on their backs as they waited for the trainer to stretch out their hamstrings. While that may look like the way the 2018 Tigers performed (sorry, Tom), that’s not how baseball should look. Compare that to Curtis Granderson who was the center fielder at that time. His warm up was getting into the position of winding up to throw the ball into the infield and then doing various motions to get the spine and hips moving. Granderson was also a base stealer, and to prepare for this activity he would get into a small crouch, take a couple big steps to his right and then turn his hips and trunk to the right as if he was making a break for 2nd base.

Proper warm up practices deserve some of the credit for Curtis Granderson lasting 14 years in Major League Baseball, allowing him to function at a high level even at “advanced age” of 37.

And at the end of the workout, don’t forget about a cool down, unless you’re Tom Selleck who couldn’t possibly be any cooler.

The Month of Moustache Wisdom: Hercule Poirot

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The Month of Moustache Wisdom: Hercule Poirot

November is Men’s Health Month, and it is sometimes celebrated by men around the globe who draw attention to their health by not shaving for the month (“No Shave November”) or by growing a moustache (“Movember”). Here at i’move we’re celebrating men’s health by focusing on the wisdom of dudes with great moustaches.

First up is Hercule Poirot.

I love mystery novels. Something bad happens, and it typically involves blood, a pistol or a candlestick , and sometimes the butler. Thankfully there is a detective who can make sense of the clues, wade through the lies, the motives, and the alibis, and solve the case.

Recently I watched the latest version of Murder on the Orient Express. This remake of Agatha Christie’s 1934 novel of the same name starred Kenneth Branagh as the Belgian detective who is trapped on a train with thirteen others, one of whom was murdered in his room during the night. Poirot begins interviewing the other passengers, analyzing the clues to determine who is guilty.

There is a scene near the end of the movie when Poirot confronts all the passengers as a group, and he presents his theory of what happened. ***WARNING! I AM ABOUT TO GIVE AWAY THE ENDING OF THIS MOVIE. IF YOU WANT TO DISCOVER WHO DONE IT ON YOUR OWN, STOP READING, GO TO YOUR NETFLIX CUE AND REQUEST THIS MOVIE. THEN RETURN TO THIS BLOG***

Poirot has discovered that all 12 passengers had a connection to the deceased, and all had a motive to kill him. The only solution to the murder that made sense of all the clues is that they all participated in the murder; each of them stabbed the victim one time. They all are guilty.

My initial response to this twist was disappointment as I was sure that Michelle Pfeifer’s character was to blame. But then I realized the similarities between the conclusion of this movie and how our bodies and our medical system works.

Patients come to see us with a diagnosis. Sometimes they are told they have a rotator cuff tear, a sprained ankle, or a herniated disk. All of our medical system is set up to blame one culprit, and doctors rely on fancy, expensive machines to help with this diagnosis. Patients expect us to focus on the part that is guilty in making them hurt, but the reality is that the accused party has accomplices, and sometimes all of the body is guilty.

We see this pattern a lot with the knee which is in a dysfunctional, co-dependent relationship with the hip and the foot. The knee hurts, but the blame often lies with its neighbors. Imagine that those living on either side of your house don’t believe in raking their yards. You prefer a nice and tidy yard though, so you rake your own leaves plus all the leaves from next door that blow into your yard. Who is going to get sore, tired, and start to break down, you or your neighbors? To fix this imbalance, we should not just focus on telling you to ignore the leaves or that you need to get stronger. We need to get the neighbors doing what they’re supposed to do, so that you don’t have to do more than you can tolerate.

The morale of the story is, you need a musculoskeletal detective to solve your case.  Humans are amazingly complex machines with several parts that are either over-working or under-working (the guilty ones).  Once this is discovered, the correct treatment can be initiated, and the body works together like it’s supposed to. Case closed.