Strengthen Your 'Vesti'!


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It’s that time most of us dread...the alarm has just gone off, and you desperately want to hit the snooze button. The warmth and comfort of your bed on a cold, dark, winter’s morning is begging for you to stay! But, you know it’s time to roll out of bed and make your way to the gym. You grab some dumbbells to curl to build your biceps. You head to the leg press to build the muscles on your legs - the very legs that you will spend most of the day using. As your workout concludes, you’re feeling good! You have put in the time, got a good sweat going, and now it’s time to take on the world!


There is just one problem…you did not work out some of the most important muscles in your body. You may be surprised to know that there are some tiny muscles in your middle ear that need a workout, too! What machine or weight can you use to strengthen those muscles? Great question!


So, those muscles are part of your vestibular system… or, as we affectionately call it, your ‘vesti’! The vestibular system is the sensory system in your body. This system has a daily responsibility to our bodies and brains. In addition to other things, it is responsible for coordination, visual and auditory processing, balance, impulse control, and emotional regulation.


So, how do I strengthen my vestibular system? First off, challenge your balance. Walk on the curb, stand on a rock with one foot, buy or make a balance board. Additionally, doing a log roll, forward roll, or even spinning yourself around helps a ton! It will be challenging at first. The more you do it, the more your body will adjust and those muscles will strengthen. Start small, and watch how quickly your body is willing to make adjustments. You may surprise yourself!


I have learned so much from Candace Meyer, the founder of Minds in Motion. Her story is remarkable! The research and dedication she has put in to develop a program that has changed the lives of countless kids and families is truly a gift! Just a few minutes of work each day will improve your child’s ability to process and understand what they hear and see, will improve their ability to control their emotions and impulses, and will align the body and brain as it is intended to be aligned.


I highly recommend Mrs. Meyer’s books:


The Mind Maze Handbook

The Mind Maze Handbook for Middle School and High School Students




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