Misunderstanding Yoga

Yoga isn’t a fight. You don’t approach it with teeth grit amaxresdefaultnd clenched fists. You don’t attack it like you would a punching bag or barbell or a plank or a steep incline on a bike.

Newbies often make this mistake. And end up doing more harm than good.  Easy cowboy, cowgirl. Yoga is about undoing the knot, not tightening it. About releasing tension in the muscles, joints, and nervous system.d79b714e94a09b42248a6a8a84286854

So park your ego at the door.  And allow yourself to be wherever you’re at. Extend your youth. And embark upon on a delicious yet rewarding journey.

Ciao, Pietro

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Mega Doses of Vitamin C

The efficacy of many store-bought vitamins has been debunked. And conventional wisdom tells us that vitamin absorption is better the old-fashion way, from a healthy balanced diet.getty_rf_photo_of_young_asian_girl_with_oranges

Vitamin C is the exception. That lingering cough and lagging immunity system would benefit from a bout of heavy dosing on ascorbic acid. This consists of systematically building up your tolerance to the point you can handle higher and higher doses.

If (and when) you get diarrhea you walk back the dosage. For example, I worked up to 3000 mg 3 times a day.  And backed it off when I got the runs. That’s just me through trial and error. I’m not saying that’s right for everyone. So don’t quote me. I’m a personal trainer, not a doctor.

You don’t dvitamincinfo2o this forever. It is in fact acid. But for a prescribed period it has tangible results. And it can prevent you from getting sick in the midst of a vicious flu season.

For how long then? You are the best person to make this decision. When cold symptoms no longer persist is a good gauge.

Don’t forget yoga tonight, Abs tomorrow. And Weight-lifting Tuesdays.

Ciao, Pietro

 

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Surviving Winter

Feeling under assault by the weather? Can’t even get out of bed in the morning? Life baaaarely worth living? Mid-winter blues hardening and crystallizing your creative juices into a frozen lifeless pond.

Family Day In The Hot Tub
Family Day In The Hot Tub

Welcome to February in Canada. Don’t panic. It only feeeels like the end of the world. Avoid exposure. Layer clothing meticulously.  Don’t restrict caloric intake quite as much as normal.

Unless you’re too fat, give yourself an extra few pounds for protection against the elements. This isn’t the season for cutting up. You’re more susceptible to getting sick if you’re too light, I feel. So indulge yourself with the occasional late night snack this time of year.

But not too much. You maintain perfect control over your weight through Intermittent Fasting. You may not be fasting the full 18 to 21 hours every day in arctic conditions. You ease off the gas a little… but don’t brake.

Cost-efficient Body-Warmth
Cost-efficient Body-Warmth

The ritualistic self-discipline of working out helps sustain you. Physically, mentally, emotionally. You can’t go off the rails so easily as long as you’re investing in your health. The sun also rises, and when it does you’ll have a lot less blubber to shed.

See you tonight at Weight-lifting Tuesdays. And Friday Night Yoga. And Saturday Abs.

Ciao, Pietro

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