My Body Odyssey
My Body Odyssey chronicles the rewards and challenges of individuals pursuing active lifestyles despite chronic illness, recurrent injury, behavioral issues, and more.
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We all know we should be more active. But life does have a way of getting in the way. My Body Odyssey chronicles the rewards and challenges of individuals pursuing active lifestyles despite chronic illness, recurrent injury, behavioral issues and more. Their stories are complemented by insights from researchers, medical doctors, physical therapists, psychologists, and other wellness experts.
We again get a bit more personal with season one expert guests, whose own experiences have inspired and informed their professional pursuits – “My Expert Odyssey” times four.
At My Body Odyssey (MBO), we collaborate with episode guests facing various challenges and medical experts to present engaging and informative health narratives. In doing so, we strive to respect both guest privacy and expert integrity concerns.
Episode guests: Each episode guest (or “protagonist”) signs a creative waiver, allowing us to share their information in MBO podcast episodes and marketing. Guests also have the option of allowing or not allowing use of video images as they prefer.
Expert Guests: We understand MDs, PTs, Psychologists, and other experts do not wish to diagnose or prescribe to individuals who are not their own patients and have not been fully examined or consulted. Therefore our interviews do not seek specific individual advice. Instead, we are seeking general insights and information from expert guests on the various challenges faced by protagonists– chronic conditions, recurrent injury, behavioral challenges, etc. These statements are also included in our expert guest waiver.
We hope MBO will engage, inform and assist our listeners with whatever challenges they may face. Thanks to all guests for participating in this project. Feedback is always welcome at MBO.
Ironically, exercise lifts our mood even when not in the mood to exercise! What’s with that mechanism? And could regular exercise treat more serious mood disorders, such as depression, anxiety, PTSD or possibly addiction?
Physical activity can help manage chronic conditions such as hypertension, diabetes and asthma. Yet these conditions make regular workouts challenging while elevating injury risk. How do individuals find their exercise balance point?
Why do we consult the same anatomy charts yet look completely different running, cycling, swimming and dancing? (And, yes, some of us should not dance….)
Why do we measure exercise results in calories burned and miles covered but never stress and impact on muscles, bones and joints?
Why do even young, well-conditioned athletes sustain injury during movements executed hundreds of times before?
Why do we have a good and bad side of the body? Shouldn’t we seek symmetry?
Our bodies need to be active. We all know this.
A growing body of scientific studies, media articles and plain old commonsense all confirm that staying active is essential to maintaining good health over longer lifespans.
Yet many millions of us struggle with chronic conditions that make active lifestyle a delicate, sometimes risky balancing act. How much activity is too much? How do I work towards a higher level of wellness in the long run without arousing symptoms on my next run?
Likewise, the repetitive actions of many sports and activities wear us down over time producing pain, injury and limitation. While the demands of work, family and social life make the commitment to an active lifestyle much easier to suggest than accomplish.
My Body Odyssey addresses these and related issues from the perspective of active individuals facing a wide variety of challenges–physical, behavioral, and otherwise. Their stories are complemented by insights from scientists, medical doctors, nurses, exercise and physical therapists, psychologists, pilates and yoga instructors and other wellness professionals.
What’s a body to do to stay active and healthy over a century or more?
There are no easy, one-size-fits-all answers. But My Body Odyssey brings new stories to the subject – some inspiring, some daunting, but all carefully researched and narrated. We also showcase some of the most perceptive individuals and insights in the wellness field.
Are you experiencing a Body Odyssey that would intrigue and inform others?