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Weight training necessary as we age? Wasn’t so important in youth?

Anic-data here: Spent whole life skateboarding and building large sculptures, never weight trained for even a single session. Until in my 30s I slowed my skateboarding and routine a bit through and university working in the “real world” I began having a lot of flare ups of back pain and muscle soreness when I would do anything strenuous. This went on for years. I figured I just needed to “get back into a rhythm” and things would work out. However after being consistent going to the climbing gym, skateboarding and manual labor I still had pretty intense flare ups of debilitating back and neck pain, muscle soreness etc. then I began weight training, focusing on core strength and mobility. Including regular yoga. Cold plunge, relatively regular sauna, and a healthy diet. This worked super well and I had almost a full year pain free and feeling awesome. I stoped weight training January 1 because I thought it was perhaps excessive ontop of everything else I was doing. Thinking just staying super active and mobile was plenty, to keep this machine rolling happily along… But here I am February 9 with debilitating back pain again. So I’m going to start weight training again, because I think that’s all that has changed! Is there any logic to this? Does weight training actually become a necessity? It’s so boring! (*mostly kidding) I suppose that’s what someone may say calisthenics is for? More focus on intentional movement. anyways, hope this ramble was intelligible. Basically the question buried in there is. In youth it felt like I could just keep moving and everything was awesome, but as we get older do we need to specifically focus on training our body’s to keep up with our movement goals? Otherwise we curl up into crunchy balls of pain???

Thoughts on the R.I.C.E method? Why so many doctors continue to prescribe?

Many times have suffered an injury and have been prescribed the RICE method even though it has been proven not as effective.

Can Mouth breathing activate the sympathetic nervous system

Mouth breathing often cause a more shallow and faster breathing than nose breathing. Do you agree on that? Would you consider that faster and more shallow breathing as hyperventilation? Are you, as a mouth breather more likely to activate your sympathetic nervous system with your hyperventilation and therefor you can more easily provoke anxiety? Sorry for my poor English


What do you recommend for the pain of Fibromyalgia? Thanks and may God bless you and yours.

Inositol seems to keep me awake and cause insomnia

Hi Andrew, it seems that inositol in some people might cause insomnia, I was wondering which of sleep toolkit supplements might as well cause the opposite effects and who should not take them? Thank you for everything and big big respect for all you do!