Don’t Forget To Breathe

The first 5 minutes of spin, like the first shift in hockey, always winds you the most. It takes a short interval of time for your cardio to kick in. The heart has to wake up. It has to go, what the heck, oh yeah this again, I remember this.

Your “second wind” comes earlier if you’re in good shape. If not, it takes much longer. Recovery time is how to measure conditioning. Be positive, but be honest with yourself too.

Working out is an exercise in breathing. Whether you realize it or not, you learn to breath properly in a gym, and later, climbing the stairs, you go to the same place. A personal trainer is always reminding his client to breath, and instructing how and when to inhale and exhale in an efficient manner.

Muscles need oxygen.  In resistance training, you exhale on exertion, the hard part. In yoga it’s the opposite, you inhale on the hard part. Either way you breathe deeply, and in a regular pattern. Yoga is much about relaxing the breath and breathing with awareness.

In spin, it’s tricky to breathe during a 30 second sprint. You’re tendency is to hold your breath. But to last the full 30 seconds you have grab a couple of breaths at least to finish. When out of breath, try this: take a deep breath and hold it for a couple seconds. Give it a little time to be absorb by the walls of the lungs and you’ll recovery faster.

For a batter to bat, or a golfer to swing, or a pitcher to pitch, or a hockey player to shoot, or yoga-person holding a pose, mastering breath is integral to success. For all of us, breath can be used to alleviate pain, mental stress and anxiety.

So breathe easy. And be aware of breathing easy.

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Emptiness & Lymphatic Drainage

Being empty, and being okay with being empty, even enjoying it, is what mastering your weight is all about. This exercise in self-disciple is like creating the habit of making more than you spend. It not only empowers you physically but psychologically. It’s what rebounders haven’t quite got yet. And until they do, they’re not out of the woods.

The dieter gets to the point that hunger no longer matters. It’s no longer a primal fear. You adopt a little of what the anorexic has too much of. Eating for comfort and the false security a feeling of fullness gives you is unfortunately the norm for most of us.

Try, besides an honest effort at exercise and diet, a Lymphatic Treatment for an hour of pampering that’s not hard to take. Flab, cellulite, jiggly bellies, love handles, inner and outter thighs, puffiness in the face, all are targeted.

You lie on your stomach on a message table. In your underwear. Heating pads are placed on you. It’s all very message-like but unlike regular message a suction cup is applied to your well-oiled skin, lymph nodes, and along the meridians of the lymphatic system.

The “message” breaks up fat cells in congested areas, and radically reduces cellulite. I can speak for myself. My love handles are practically gone. And they haven’t come back. Colette spends time on my face. I feel shrink-wrapped afterwards.

Here is a luxury we deserve. And we don’t have to do anything but be passive, that’s the beauty of it. It gives us an edge and we need all the help we can get.

Colette works out of her townhouse at Jarvis and Gerrard Street. Visitors buzz her to be let into the underground parking. The cost is $75 a session with a package.

Be indulgent. And feel no guilt.

Colette’s email: colette@bmsoul.com phone: 416-451-7730

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The Ovechkin Principle

Try this a powerful strategy.  It can be applied to getting in shape, loosing weight, growing a business, getting a promotion, or almost any aspect of life.

It’s involves capitalizing on opportunity, identifying a window of opportunity and going for it. Giving that extra shove when it matters most.

Success doesn’t necessarily match the effort exerted. Ovechkin (perhaps I should say Stamkos because Ovechkin’s number are down this year)  isn’t working any harder than a mediocre player, but his productivity is much greater.

Sure, skill and complete level and creativity and even luck has a lot to do with this. But watch carefully. The superstar athlete has has a whole other gear when it counts.

Don’t be a workaholic because it’s inefficient usage of energy. Don’t under-work either. But garnering the focus – like Ovechkin, Ferderer, or Woods when he’s on his game – when opportunity knocks, and you’ll win the important points that pay dividends.

It takes a certain kind of intelligence to see when opportunity is knocking. You come home hungry and tired, for example, but instead of eating something you shouldn’t you have a glass of water and go to bed. Your body is in calorie-burn mode, and you wake up 2 lbs lighter.

For people looking to shed some pounds, learning to be empty is half the battle.  The stomach becomes distended because of what’s in it, clogging of the intestines and bowel. There are windows of opportunity all around us. We just have to be aware of them.

Don’t forget hot yoga.

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