Tuesday, 13 February 2007

Visualization

Visualization has a long and controversial background. Most of the controversy comes from those who feel it is an ethereal process. That to get better one has to do.

If you step back a moment and think about where the "doing" comes from then you begin to see where the benefit comes from. The "doing" comes from the thoughts in the mind and through a series of neurological impulses you execute the thought.

Many studies, mostly sports related, have shown marked increases in performance from visualization. Free throws are the best example, where the practice group was trumped by the visualization group in increased performance.

This is but one tiny aspect of the mind being optimized.

So the question is, how do you see yourself in the future? What little things, done today, will become a huge influence for the future? A 30 minute walk every other day? Not a big thing, but it will impact your quality of life everyday from now on. Reading a book. Exercise.

The possibilities are endless. You just need to see the future the way you want it to play out.

Wednesday, 7 February 2007

Back to Back

It is important to remember your back not only when you are training but all day long.

If you are about to pick something heavy check these three things.

1. Have you just jumped out of a chair? This is a bad time to lift. Take a couple minutes to walk and and warm up the spine. Make a reason to move before you lift.

2. Avoid twisting. If you are going to have to twist as you lift take a minute to move the item to make it an easier lift.

3. Do you exercise your spine? Planks, hip lifts, sitting on a exercise ball and good posture all day long will make for a stronger back in the long run.

That and get a doctor to look you over before you take on anything new in the exercise department. Drs come in handy now and again. Then get the to a professional trainer for proper technique and progressive training.

Monday, 5 February 2007

Monday, Monday

This is from Sam Horn's book "ConZentrate" that delivers methods to help you overcome procrastination.

Here are three simple yet effective questions, my favourite kind, to help you get things done.

1. Do I have to do this?
2. Do I want to have this finished?
3. Will this be any easier tomorrow?

If you can find a way to wiggle out of what you have to do after asking these three questions then my hat is off to you.

And if you think this is good, then just you wait...

Friday, 2 February 2007

"80% of Success is Showing Up"

That is a Woody Allen quote. There are a million of them out there like that but he nailed as well.

In order to succeed you must show up. Take action. Starting now. Until you do goals will probably never be more than dreams.

What can you do right now, today, to take the first step towards your goals?

• Plan this weeks meals?

• Call a financial advisor and get your investments in order?

• Make an appointment with a friend/personal trainer/gym to start your fitness plan?

Take responsibility and, if it helps, get an accountability partner. Someone you can call you on it when you slack off or don't show up. You know the one. They'll never let you slide if you make the commitment. The best kind of partner.

It all starts NOW!

In health,

Todd

Thursday, 1 February 2007

Winter Weight, Don't Wait

Does weather affect your weight? The short answer is yes.

For most people cold weather keeps them in and they gain weight while they wait for the warm weather to show up.

Dr Gordon Giesbrcht of the University of Manitoba (a man who knows his cold) discovered during one of his expeditions over Lake Winnipeg that he and his team burned more calories in the cold conditions than what would have been expected on a warm day.

Go figure. The body trying to keep warm and expending even more energy in the same amount of time that you are out and about than any other time of year.

So thinking you can wait until the warm weather means that you are missing the best time of year to burn off the midriff.

Don't wait. Your health will thank you.


In health,

Todd

PS: Pass this on to anyone you think would benefit from this. We'll all be happier for it! ;-)