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I am holding my first giveaway. Because how fun is that? and because when you love Restorative Exercise, you love it a lot. In fact, you love it so much that you want everyone else to love it too so you want to share it with EVERYBODY. This makes me bad company at parties, but a great resource for anyone who wants to actually be healthy. Which is why you’re here, right?

So this is the deal. Katy Bowman, my teacher and my hero, just finished writing a book. This book is blow-your-mind awesome. It’s called “Move you DNA – Restore Your Health Through Natural Movement”. See the trailer here. It’s a super-engaging explanation of why it’s so damaging that North Americans have poor quality movement patterns, it’s the new textbook for Restorative Exercise™  teachers, it’s a handbook for anyone who’s just starting their alignment journey, and it’s a fascinating intro to human movement, why it’s messed up, and why you should care. It has exercises! It has orcas! It has bits that will help you learn about your own body! It has footnotes. That’s important – because in this day and age, you should question where your information is coming from. Despite the footnotes, it’s fun, interesting and easy to read. It is so brand new that it’s not even released yet, in fact – October 15 is its grand opening day. And…it has a quiz. A quiz, people!!! Who doesn’t love a good quiz!?!? I would buy this book for everyone I know, if I could. For realz. But since I can’t do that, I figured I could buy it for one lucky person and hold this contest.

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This orca’s fin is flopped for pretty much the same reason North Americans are so sickly – not enough natural movement

If you would like to read Move Your DNA, and you want your own FREE copy, all you have to do is take the quiz, which I’ve copied down below.

For the purposes of the contest I have added a scoring system and small edits – nothing substantive. To enter, email me with your score or put it in the comments below.

On October 5 I’ll randomly pick one of the entries, and if you win, I’ll buy you your very own copy of Move Your DNA. Super sweet, super easy!

So here goes: On a piece of paper, write down the following – one point for each thing:

  • Clinical diagnoses received over lifetime (diabetic? plantar fasciitis? high cholesterol?)
  • Every prescription medication you take, and why. One point for each med.
  • Every over-the-counter medication you have taken over the last 6 months, and how often. One point for each med, extra bonus point if it’s been more than once, extra bonus point if it’s been more than 6x, extra bonus point if it’s been more than 25 times. Cumulative – so if you’ve taken them more than 25 times, you get 3 points.
  • Every surgery you’ve ever had, or need to have.
  • Number of visits to the hospital, doctor, chiropractor, or any other allied health professional over the last six months.
  • Body parts that ‘alert’ you regularly or on a semi-regular basis, including body parts that hurt, and also those that aren’t functioning the way they should. That means your sore feet, your aching neck, your sore wrists, your tummy issues. You may have had it so long you don’t even think about it as an issue.
  • Body parts that aren’t working to the best of their ability. Glasses, anyone?
  • Health issues you worry about having in the future.

Once you have this list, you have a pretty accurate picture of your true health.  Not the health you think you have because you’re vegan, or paleo, or a marathon runner, but the real state of your body today.

Each point is a warning signal that your body has given you or is trying to give you every day. Is your health as good as you thought?

Maybe not – medicine lets us manage and compensate for lots of stuff.

Which is awesome, but if you feel like crap in the meantime, or if it all falls apart in 10 years when you’re on a cocktail of meds, or if you can’t do simple things like put on your socks (THIS REALLY HAPPENS) is it really that awesome? I’d rather be truly healthy…and that’s why I’m so committed to movement.

I don’t think anyone actually knows what a reasonable score would be here – I’m pretty sure that even the healthiest people in the history of the world would have sometimes needed medical intervention if they, say, got bitten while fighting off a sabre-toothed tiger. But it’s clearly that the lower the score the better – all those ‘health glitches’ are a sign that we are not as healthy as we think we are.

The good news is, there’s lots and lots you can do about it. Katy’s book is one of those things. So the first thing to do about it, is to send me your score – my email @ is all over this blog – or put it in the comments section, and I’ll enter you into my draw. Whoop!

I’ll leave you with a parting quote from The Book:

“Despite our great fortune to live in a time when we aren’t at great risk form communicable disease, we are, in fact, dying – slowly, in bits, from our natural tendency to do as little as possible. Out unquenchable desire to be comfortable has debilitated us. Ironic, as there is nothing comfortable about being dehabilited. This paradox – that advancements to make our lives less physically taxing have taxed us physically – is profound.”

We’ve got to move, people!!!

P.S. Even if you don’t win, I highly recommend this book. It’s a life-changer, in a very meaningful, easy to implement, easy to understand way – it might make your head explode a bit, but I think that’s a good thing. Without challenge, there is no progress.

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