Movement is Different than Fitness

Movement is different than fitness, although the concepts are often blurred. As a gym owner, I cannot tell you how many times I have heard that people want to “get in shape” before coming to the gym. I can totally empathize with this sentiment. Our culture, while recently shifting, has primarily only shown people in the gym who “look fit” (“look” is an important distinction). There are so many things wrong with this that I want to take the time to break some things down.

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Why spend time outdoors? Plus 5 tips to fit it into your daily life.

Why the outdoors? Of our five Elements for optimal human health, the Outdoors and Community might be the two that made you stop and think… Why? Nutrition, Movement, and Personal Care are getting a lot of hype on social media and in the news.  While we agree that they are vital components to health, through research and our own experience and beliefs, community and exposure to the outdoors are just as vital.

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Vary Your Training to Facilitate Your Outdoor Goals. 3 Ways to Implement.

To make movement sustainable for a long period of time we need variety in our training. Variety helps with physiological adaptations, longevity and to maintain balanced strength. If you have a singular sport or activity you love - it calls upon training certain muscles, joints, tissues and patterns in order to perform. But only strengthening said parts in the motion of your sport will create imbalances and can even hinder your performance. Rather than saying I run, I bike, I (fill in the blank) it is easy to get pigeonholed into the language: I am a runner. I am a cyclist. I am (fill in the blank), thus creating an identity around our sport.  This can lead to the thinking that doing something else, even if it’s in the name of improvement, maybe feels like wasted time not spent on the thing you want to be better at.  Old thoughts are that to get better at a sport you should do it as much as possible: running; “I run more. Or, I run faster, or longer or in bursts.” While there are proven benefits to variations like these, goal depending, you are still just running - in the same cyclical pattern, striking your same feet, on the same spot, using the same good or bad form you might have and in the same plane.

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KISS the Cook: 3 Simple Recipes to Conquer Cooking

Dirty Health is all about starting somewhere. Yes, it is ideal for your health to enjoy home-cooked meals most of the time, but it doesn’t have to be complicated. When it comes to your health, simple is better than not at all (and simple doesn’t have to mean boring chicken and broccoli!). Here are three recipes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner that ANYONE with any level of experience can successfully make and actually WANT to eat regularly.

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The Importance of Community, and a Few Tips To Build One!

Community and social connection is a significant contributor to overall health and happiness, yet it doesn't often receive the limelight it deserves. We have probably all seen posts, articles, and stories about what foods bring us health, and what workout is going to solve all our problems, but how many posts do you see about community? In my case, not very many, unless I go searching for them. Yet, science has proven that a lack of social connection is more detrimental to our overall health than smoking, high blood pressure, and obesity. In addition, science demonstrates that social connections can improve our longevity by 50%, strengthen our immune system, decrease depression and anxiety, improve our sense of well being, our empathy, and our ability to be present for others.

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Guide to Getting Dirty: 16 Tips to Enjoy the Outdoors

Ahhh… The great outdoors. The fresh air. The starry skies. The expansive landscape… And also the sweat, the cold, the bugs, the dirt! If you tend toward the second sentiment, this blog is for you. It is no secret that time spent in nature is important to your overall health, both physical and mental.

But what do you do if you DON’T LIKE the outdoors? Below I will cover a list of tips for each of the most common inconveniences - sweat, cold, bugs, dirt - but the simple (not easy) answer is the same I would say about all things related to “health:”

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Why the Quality and Quantity of Your Movement Matters

We chose the word movement for the second element of DHC for a very specific reason: because movement is the integration of all the physical activity in your life, which ideally is diverse, frequent, and fun! However, when most people hear the word movement, they equate it with the word fitness or working out. However, movement is about developing a body that moves well, that is capable, that is balanced and free of pain. It is not about fitting into a certain size, how many pull up you can do, or the definition in your abs. Movement is about improving and maintaining your health. It is about your confidence, your capability, and physical health sustainability.

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Vitamin D - One More Reason to Get Outdoors

Vitamin D is the most highly coveted vitamin in the northwest. City-dwellers everywhere from Eugene to Bellingham hit the street in droves at the first sign of a sunny day in March. It’s still only 52 degrees, but women have dug out their sundresses and guys unabashedly walk down the street with their shirts off. Frisbee in the park; hacky-sack on the corner… We are drawn to the sunlight at this time of year like moths to a flame. It would be perfectly reasonable to be fully clothed on these chilly, albeit sunny, early spring days, but I believe we have an innate sense of our own Vitamin D deficiencies. The northwest has been blanketed in a thick layer of clouds since November which puts the sun as the only thing rarer than a non-flanneled hipster. 

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Packing a Backpacking Backpack

The one thing I hate the most about trips … packing. Perhaps the only thing worse than packing is unpacking which means your fun trip is over, but for now, the sad reality is that, no matter how experienced an adventurer you are, when you backpack you end up packing and repacking roughly one million times. BUT if you don’t want to unpack and repack one million and one times then you must pack with some smarts.

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Non-Toxic Homecare - Laundry Detergent

Starting out on a chemical free homecare journey can be daunting. All the pretty blogs say it is so easy and then you feel dumb for being scared to mess it up. Well, I think it is pretty dumb that all of the home “care” companies use toxic chemicals, dyes, and fragrances to trick us into buying expensive products we don’t need and actually do the opposite of “care” for us - Did you know that artificially scented products are one of the main causes of indoor air pollution? NOTHANKYOU!

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Stolen Movement

Which phrase do you hear all the time: “diet and exercise” or “nutrition and movement?” Which phrase resonates with you the most? For me, diet and exercise sounds restrictive and compartmentalized, implying how we should eat and move our bodies. Nutrition and movement seem personally intentional - how we choose to fuel ourselves and how we move throughout life.

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5 HOT Coffee Alternatives!

Coffee can be great for some people; many studies have proven health benefits and we all know that nothing warms a rainy morning like a cup of delicious Portland coffee.

But, maybe you “need” coffee; maybe you have heart palpitations; maybe you’re having trouble sleeping at night; maybe you have anxiety. There are many reasons why people don’t (or should limit) coffee or caffeine but this does not make a person less inclined to enjoy aforementioned warm beverage.

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