Psychologist, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi researches a phenomenon he has coined as “flow”. Flow is a state of performance, where the persons entire being is focused and energized, experiencing pure joy and actualization within the movement or a task. Flow is often harnessed by people who are performing activities that have clear goals and an evolving but reasonable rate of challenge. Mountain climbers, surfers, chess players are amongst those who report feelings of flow. They all have clear cut goals – reaching the peak, catching the wave and winning the game. By choosing the right mountain, wave and chess opponent, they know that the level of intensity is reasonable but still challenging, requiring complete focus and yet keeping the goal attainable. How do we do this with exercise and with a goal for weight loss? We change our focus by changing our goal. Read More
Russian Olympic weight lifter David Rigert spent his career breaking Olympic records, 68 of them in total. His competing weight was between 200-220 lbs, with 4% body fat. This may seem like a particularly low body fat percentage for this sport, and it is, but not much lower than the average for the soviet national team. Its not that low body fat percentage was a goal for these guys, it was simply a training effect from strength and power lifting. We can learn from this Read More
The amount of people moving towards a plant based diet has skyrocketed in the last few years. Great news for animals (hopefully…in the long run) the environment (somewhat) and for your well being (um….it depends).
For 3 years I did 6 months on and then 6 months off of a vegan diet. Before my first 6 months I did about 3 months worth of research, because like any eating regimen, there is a right way and a wrong way. Just because you are vegan doesn’t mean you are healthy…nor does it mean you are saving the planet or saving the lives of animals. Veggie burgers are not the panacea to all the worlds problems. But yes, its a start. The good news is that a well thought out plant based diet may be the solution to many of your health problems. Read More
Take comfort in knowing that every time you finish something difficult, you just reinforced your capacity to do something even harder
Most fights start and end very quickly. Sometimes all it takes is one punch and that punch can come without warning.
Space gives you time. Time to react, time to assess and maybe time to escape. As always, there is no shame in running, avoiding violence is admirable, it takes courage and requires compassion. For instances when you have found yourself engaged in a verbal confrontation, and physical threat is unavoidable, you need to create space in order to defend yourself safely. Read More
1 in 6 couples of childbearing age experience fertility problems. If after one year of unprotected sex, a couple is still unable to conceive, then infertility is considered. The complication appears to be evenly spread between men and women and 20 percent of the time it is a joint problem. Read More
knee Pain? It may be your ankles that are the problem.
As a trainer who works a lot with new moms, one of the most common questions I get is “give me my flat stomach back!” More of a demand than a question, but I get it.
Whether you are a new mom or not, if you are looking to see some definition in your abdomen in time for pool season (city life), the next 3 exercises will help you get there. They are all tried and true by many of my lovely and, er, demanding clients.
Have you ever had a panic attack? According to the DSM IV-TR, a panic attack is associated with the presence of at least 4 of the following symptoms:
- palpitations, pounding heart, or accelerated heart rate
- trembling or shaking
- sensations of shortness of breath or smothering
- feeling of choking
- chest pain or discomfort
- nausea or abdominal distress
- feeling dizzy, unsteady, lightheaded, or faint
- feelings of unreality (derealization) or being detached from oneself (depersonalization)
- fear of losing control or going crazy
- fear of dying
- numbness or tingling sensations (paresthesias)
- chills or hot flushes
If we take a look at the first several potential symptoms, you can see that these are sensations almost all of us have felt at one time or another while exercising. Now,if you are experiencing ‘feelings of unreality’, ‘fear of going crazy’ or any of the latter symptoms listed, then something else is up and you may want to put the weights down and consider getting a new workout program. The endorphin rush you are looking for does not come with a fear of dying! Read More