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Recently I listened to a podcast by Joe Rogan and Dr. Rhonda Patrick.

He beautifully expressed many of my feelings regarding exercise and it made me want to share it with you (warning: swearing):

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or you can read my summary below
I hope it motivates you!

Some people don’t want to exercise; they’d rather go to a doctor and get a pill. There’s a fear of discomfort, they don’t want to sweat and strain. It’s an extreme feeling in the mind.

What it really is however is the discomfort of the beginnings of getting in shape. Because once you’re fit, exercise is something you look forward to. It alleviates stress and makes you feel good: relaxed, carefree, more appreciative of things and less reactive.

Neuro-imaging studies show that exercise improves executive function and calms the amygdala – the brains emotional centre. Exercise helps you think logically and be less reactive from the gut. Meditation has similar effect.

So how to get started? Create momentum. Resist the resistance. Realize that discomfort is your friend. The choice to resist creates momentum, just as the choice to avoid creates momentum. The more you resist the more you can resist. The more you avoid, the more you continue to avoid. When we consistently resist the avoidance it creates a force that propels us forward.

Often when we are not happy and content with life it’s because we have given into the avoidance. We have stayed in our comfort zone. The need to act is so strong yet we avoid it. We feel that resistance all the time and we have to fight it in order to get past it so we can progress and succeed.

When we choose to avoid working out, it’s not only bad for us physically but also mentally. When we decide to stay on the couch we tell ourselves that it’s an option, that avoiding is an option that is at our disposal and that creates momentum to continue avoiding. Our choices create neuro-pathways in the brain: to avoid or to resist. Once the neuro-pathway is created we tend to stay on that path. If we choose to avoid, we may then find ourselves avoiding other things in life too: conflict, uncomfortable decisions and making changes.

When we get off the couch and go workout we feel successful and a sense of accomplishment. A year from now you could have a completely different body working out just 2 -3 times a week. It’s not a huge commitment and the outcome is incredible. You could add ten years to your life! It’s not about vanity; it’s about the quality of your life, not only as you age but also right now, how it affects you today. And it not only affects you but everyone that comes into contact with you.

When we live a sedentary lifestyle and eat badly we accelerate aging; we become broken and start to fall apart. We can delay the aging process and improve the quality of our life simply by being active and eating well. What could me more important?!

If you could take a pill to prevent your body and mind from a decaying from old age would you take it? Everyone would say yes, but there is no such pill. The pill is exercise and healthy eating. Actual pills don’t always work and they have side effects. And a pill is not going to make you feel better in a true sense. A pill is not going to clear your mind, change the shape of your body and give you confidence and ease. Yes pills are sometimes necessary for a medical condition but often the medical condition is caused by unhealthy habits to begin with.

Our consciousness is in charge of making the choice. What will you choose?

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Gord, who attends my Stretch Class, shared this beautiful short film with me and I want to share it with you.  It’s a beautiful story, a beautiful film and a beautiful project. I hope you will take the time to watch it.

I think any exercise program, not just yoga, can have a significant impact on your life.

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runnersonbrooklynbridgeRecently I was listening to one of my favorite podcasts: The Tim Ferriss Show, he referenced a short essay called “It’s Always Your Fault” written by his guest David Heinemeier Hansson.  The essay refers to business systems and the question it asks is “How are you complicit in creating the conditions you say you don’t want?”. It talks about being accountable, about situations being a feedback loop and that you can take action and have the control to change.

As a fitness instructor, I immediately thought of how this relates to health and fitness. Our daily actions have consequences that affect our physical and emotional well-being and can lead us to a condition we don’t want. Inactivity and unhealthy eating habits can lead us to being out of shape, overweight, lethargic and unmotivated – or to more serious health issues.

There are many reasons we may not take care of ourselves; life gets busy, we don’t know where to start, it’s overwhelming, we never got into the habit in the first place, ignorance, etc. Most people are disconnected from the their bodies and don’t stop to realize how they feel.

Unhealthy habits become a feedback loop; lack of sleep can increase sugar or caffeine consumption to gain energy, lack of exercise causes fatigue so we’re too tired to workout, and so on. And then we tend to shirk responsibility for our actions and blame external factors.

The fact is we have the control to change and take action. So ask yourself: Are you in a condition you don’t want to be in? If the answer is yes, then consider:

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“How am I complicit in creating the condition I say I don’t want?”
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 Realize that you have the control to change and take action!

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Dr. Mike Evans has looked at many studies regarding preventative medicine and determined what makes the biggest difference to your health.

The treatment has some startling affects, for instance:

  • 23% lower risk of death
  • Heart disease reduced by half
  • #1 treatment for fatigue
  • Anxiety reduced by 48%
  • High blood pressure decreased by 29%
  • Dementia & Alzheimer’s progression is reduced 50 %
  • Depression reduced by 30% with low dose by 47% with increased dose
  • For Knee Arthritis, 1 hour treatment 3 times a week reduced pain and disability by 47%

This treatment has been proven to generally improve quality of life.

What is this miracle medicine you ask?  Watch this video to find out:

 

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Seriously people, the power of exercise is truly incredible.

 

“I watched the life come back into his eyes”.

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“After going there regularly, getting stronger, getting healthier, my body pain decreased tremendously.  My confidence changed. It all became more feasible.”

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“I can do this, this isn’t impossible”

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“Be a apart of a a collective group that has a community and this ability to push each other.”

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“Install some insane confidence and self worth back into you.”

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Although the main reason people exercise is to look good, there are many other benefits; some can be extreme, like this one:

Our bodies are made to move and they work best when they move a lot.  As a society in general, we tend to spend a lot of time inactive: sitting at the computer, driving, watching TV, etc. This inactivity is the hardest on our bodies. For instance, notice how stiff you feel after sitting on a long flight!

People tend to think they don’t have time to exercise but if you consider all the time that is spent dealing with ailments, that time could be much better spent pro-actively taking care of yourself. Of course always check with your doctor to get the go ahead before you start an exercise program.

Consider the effect regular exercise could have on your life and your health.

 

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This short TED talk is worth watching!

It pertains to kids and exercise but really I think it pertains to all of us.

Dr. John J. Ratey explains how exercise makes us better in so many ways, not just physically, and that studies have proven that exercise is:

  • a good treatment for depression
  • decreases anxiety
  • a miracle growth for the brain
  • regulates emotions
  • improves motivation
  • increases attention span
  • increases planning skills
  • decreases procrastination
  • daily exercise is the equivalent of taking a little bit of Prozac and Ritalin everyday
  • keeps our brain cells young and perky
  • optimizes the brain to learn
  • one of the best ways to prevent cognitive decline and Alzheimer’s disease

Exercise is powerful!

Use it to your advantage!

Physical activity is clearly a high-yield investment!

Set small attainable goals to get you started. As you stick with it you can add to your goals.

Think of all the benefits to keep you motivated!

* Make sure to get an okay from your doctor before you start a new exercise program.

 

 

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