Monday, July 12, 2010
I'm reading a great book called The Inner Game of Tennis by Timothy Gallwey. It contains great insights into how to improve your tennis (or to improve any skill for that matter) by changing the way you learn.
Instead of rushing to judgment on your tennis strokes (and mis-judging what's going on) the book teaches you how to calmly and objectively observe what you're doing and what's happening, with full and relaxed concentration.
Only then (the book teaches) can you effectively analyse how to improve, rather than doing what most people do: criticising yourself with vague, unfocused, and unhelpful/unproductive comments like 'that was terrible' or 'I'm useless' or 'I'll never get this right', without really noticing exactly what just happened and learning from it.
Once you master this Zen-like approach to learning, you discard all the self-defeating emotions of anxiety/tension/anger/frustration/confusio
n/irritation, and instead observe what's happening and learn from it. The book helps you to focus, boost your powers of observation, think more clearly, learn more quickly, and enjoy yourself more.
Apart from improving your tennis, it helps you to 'learn how to learn more effectively' - and this skill can be transferred to every area of your life.
Saturday, June 26, 2010
Here's a quick and easy way to eat more raw veg. After breakfast, get into the habit of eating two raw carrots, or 2 sticks of celery, or a red or yellow pepper.
By doing this as part of your breakfast routine, you don't need to worry about packing it for a later snack. Another thing, the goodness of raw veg depletes if you peel/chop raw veg and don't eat it straight away.
By setting a regular time to eat some raw veg at the start of the day, you're more likely to get into the habit, and it's done before the turmoil of your day begins.
By all means have raw veg at other times of the day too, but make sure you've got your breakfast portion in, as an absolute priority.
This way you'll get all the goodness of the vitamins, minerals, and fibre too, guaranteed every day.
Friday, June 18, 2010
If you're into tennis, check out the tennis tips page of my Fitness4London.com site - there's a fantastic YouTube video clip of the best tennis coaching I've come across on the internet so far. Check it out and tell your friends!
Sunday, May 30, 2010
Just joined a local tennis club, Aldersbrook Tennis Club, near Wanstead, east London, UK.
Really glad I joined, 6 hard court (3 just resurfaced, good as new) and a friendly crowd of people. I'm contacting tennis buddies through my Fitness Buddy social network on my Fitness4London.com site, and getting fellow tennis enthusiasts to come over and play a match with me.
If you join a sports or fitness club it really boosts your health and fitness. You benefit from the social interaction with like-minded people, your competitive instincts are enhanced, and your sense of commitment to your health, fitness and chosen sport increases dramatically. I recommend it!
Sunday, May 02, 2010
I've been experimenting with new exercises for the mid traps and all those muscles of the rear delts (shoulders), rhomboids (between shoulder blades, deeper muscles) and associated muscles.
Lie face down on an incline bench (at 30 degrees from flat, or 45 degrees, it's good to vary the angle) and perform a variety of dumbell shrugs and lateral raises. Vary the position of your knuckles from set to set. And do some lifts with straight elbows, shrugging up, and then do some lifts where you bend your elbows to 90 degrees. Make sure you squeeze your shoulder blades at the top of each rep (ie each movement).
You'll feel a pleasant soreness the next day!
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