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Episode 169: The Speed of the Nervous System

Video Highlights

- How is your training affecting you?
- Determining correct exercise and dose.
- The body responds almost instantly.

In this fourth video we’re going to talk about how to know precisely whether what you’re doing matters.

Video 1: https://zhealtheducation.com/episode-166-the-one-path-to-many-goals/
Video 2: https://zhealtheducation.com/episode-167-how-your-movement-is-determined/
Video 3: https://zhealtheducation.com/episode-168-optimizing-your-training-and-performance/

All right we’ve made it to video four of how Z-Health is going to most efficiently help you achieve your goals. The next thing I want you to understand about all this crazy stuff that we’ve been talking about in terms of looking globally at the body to make better movement by looking at the nervous system all comes down to having confidence in the fact that what you’re doing is working.

Now in Z-Health one of the big things that we focus is the simple idea that change happens at the speed of the nervous system. I’ll say that again. Change happens at the speed of the nervous system. For instance, whenever your trainer has you do one of these kind of crazy, weird little foot drills or has you do something with your neck, what we know is that we’re stimulating certain types of input receptors, remember inputs from the last video, and those receptors are going to send information up to the brain at roughly 300 miles per hour.

Because it’s a very short length from your neck to your brain, that information is there virtually instantaneously.

Why that’s really cool is that your trainer, your Z-Health professional is going to show you a lot of different ways to do what we call assess reassess constantly. The most important thing that I can tell you about everything that you use in terms of exercise is that it has to constantly be assessed and reassessed because one of the concepts that we’re constantly sharing with people is that exercise is like a drug. If you look at a drug, if you take two little of the drug it doesn’t do anything.

If you take the right amount hopefully it gives you the results that you’re looking for without too many side effects, and if you take too much of it it could be lethal. That’s one of the weird things. People think about exercise as you can’t mess it up and you just need to do more of it and both those could not be further from the truth. Again, think about exercise again like a drug.

If I have a diabetic and I’m trying to improve their diabetic neuropathy in their legs or whatever, if I give them a medicine that is intended to effect their heart, that may not be the right idea.

Exercise works the same way. If you have a problem in your shoulder, if I give you an exercise it has to impact the shoulder in the right way. I always tell people you need to give people the right exercise at the right dose, and the way that we figure out the right dose is by understanding that every time I have you do something with your body, it’s going to create a change, maybe it’s a minuscule change, maybe it’s a huge change, but it’s going to create it almost instantaneously because change happens at the speed of the nervous system.

Your professional, if they worked with us, has spent a tremendous amount of time working on their observation skills, working on their testing skills to notice subtle differences that mean a lot when it comes to working with the nervous system. Practically speaking what this means is that in any training session with a Z-Health professional you’re going to get tested a lot.

Different things that we test, we test gait, meaning they may have you walk a lot. One of the reasons we have you walk a lot is that it’s very hard to kind of artificially control walking. If we get you walking at a good speed it tells us a lot about how your brain and nervous system are working. They may have you test range of motion, meaning they’ll have you test shoulders or forward bends, etc, so a flexibility test. They may have you test strength. They may have you test your pain or sports movements.

The whole idea is that we want to know at every single training session that you’re getting better. Again, if you’re working with a Z-Health practitioner this is going to be part and parcel of everything that they do, but if you’re training on your own, your trainer will also teach you how to assess yourself because let’s say you work with a trainer or therapist, whatever, two or three hours a week.

Hopefully you’re spending another two, three, four, five, ten hours a week doing things for yourself.

It’s an amazing skill to know how to confidently apply different things to your body knowing that they’re reviewing what you want instead of hurting you.

Again, step four in understanding how to maximize your benefits from Z-Health is to understand that change happens at the speed of the nervous system, which means that we have to treat exercise and different protocols with respect, we have to test you in the beginning, and that we have to reassess to make sure that they’re doing exactly what you need.

You’ve made it this far, so on video number five we’re going to talk about how to get the most out of your Z-Health training.

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