Think like a ChampionThis month, I have been reading “How Champions Think In Sports and in Life”, by Dr. Bob Rotella, a well-known sports psychologist. The book explains that a successful life is based on how you perceive yourself. Wow! If you take a hard look at that factor, it can be an intense review. But, let’s keep it a bit lighter for the beginning of 2016.
Let's take a moment to breathe. I'm not kidding. Literally take in three nice, deep breaths and match the amount of time you took to inhale to your exhales. Now pause.What do you notice? Do you feel more relaxed? Do you feel calmer? Really hone in on you right now for a few moments. ..................................
We have all just started to come back into the swing of things. Getting kids ready to go back to school (I know it's what you have been waiting for), creating your list of goals for the next day, week, month, year (more power to you for going beyond that), and getting your schedule back on track. This list is nothing new. It happens every year. We start with a clean slate and then pack it all in in hopes we achieve out goals sooner than later. Here are a couple of tips for taking this new year on:
Five ways to mentally prepare for exercise is our topic for today. If you are a regular exerciser, you have faced that moment when Monday rolls around and you do not feel like exercising. Do not worry, you are not alone! Let us jump right into your five ways to mentally prepare for exercise.
I've been a little busy since my last blog! I am attending a boot camp 3 days a week, holding a boot camp 2 days a week and having SPIN classes two nights a week. All this and working full time. I am very excited about launching my SPIN program. I am trying to get the word out throughout my small community. I only have 3 spin bikes to be used so classes are small but some people like that!
There was a time when medical wisdom was that bed rest was good care for a heart condition. A lot of thought and research has led us away from that notion. We have come to understand the role of activity in healing, as well as in maintaining health. We also have a better idea of how multifactorial health and wellness are. One of the most interesting early studies to look at this was the lifestyle heart trial of Dr. Ornish. He showed how exercise, diet, and lifestyle support eachother.
Diet, exercise, and the right amount of sleep are excellent for your physical health, but those aren’t the only things to consider when striving to be healthy. You’ll also want to pay attention to your state of mind. Though those habits are considered positive for your mental health too, they aren’t the only things you can be doing to improve your psyche.
“IO”Information overload. “IO” doesn’t discriminate. I have seen it with kids, young adults, seniors, you name it. Sometimes, putting a workout plan together for myself or someone else, I see so much information, that it almost becomes difficult. Therefore, since all of you have enough on your minds, I am going to keep it simple!Here are a couple of basic workouts that you can do in a short time, with little equipment.Got 20?
I see a lot of people throughout my day. Some I see for weight loss and some I see for strength. No matter the client I see, most have had a mental barrier at some point. One the most important things I've learned as a trainer is letting go of clients for much more needed help. I don't mean "let go" in the sense that they aren't doing what I say so I'm going to fire them. I mean in the sense that I know I can no longer help them.
As the scientific evidence of meditation continues to add up, it appears that this ancient practice is like an exercise for the brain, and has been shown to help with the maintenance of mental health, and improve memory processes, sense of self, and empathy. In a way, it is similar to physical exercise, which improves cardiovascular health, resilience, muscle strength, and blood pressure. There have been many studies published on the benefits of meditation on mental health. Let’s look at a few of the results that these studies found.