Monday, September 27, 2010
Too much tennis has caused a slight shoulder muscle tear - so I'm icing it 20 mins a day (bag of frozen peas in tea towel), and massaging the area with baby oil (with my other hand!), and focusing on training legs/core while the shoulder area recovers.
Still doing very light chest/back/shoulders/arms workouts, which seems to help, certainly not painful, and stops loss of muscle tone altogether.
If you have an injury - don't stop exercising altogether! Treat the area diligently, and keep on exercising other body parts. And test/rehab the injured area with rotating range of movment, light stretching, and when it's on the mend move to light weights, but stop if any pain.
Too many people use an injury as an excuse to stop all exercise.
Sunday, September 12, 2010
I've just started tracking my nutrition using the SparkPeople nutrition tools. I'm blown away by its perfect combination of simplicity and sophistication.
I love the way it calculates your breakdown of carbs/fats/protein, both in numbers and visual pie-charts. And calculates so fast!
Thanks to fellow Spark friends who encouraged me to give it a try.
Friday, September 10, 2010
I swam this week, for the first time in ages.
As a kid I used to cycle to the local pool and swim one mile (65 lengths of a 25m pool) every sunday, then cycle back home. Thing is, I did the whole swim as front crawl (freestyle).
This week I did 30 lengths, but this time I varied the strokes. First length was breast-stroke, 2nd length was freestyle, then leg flips (ie backstroke without using arms), and the 4th length backstroke. I continued this pattern up to 30 lengths.
Fantastic full body workout, and just one other person in the pool. This is one huge advantage of being a self-employed personal trainer. You can avoid the crowds by choosing the quietest time of day to swim (around 2.30pm).
Saturday, September 04, 2010
I'm researching an article for my Fitness4London site about colonic irrigation, also known as colonic hydrotherapy.
Has anyone had one, or know a friend who has? Please get in touch and let me know how it went, how you felt during it, after it, and would you recommend it?
Opinion is divided. Some say it's not necessary because the liver and kidneys do a perfectly good job of detox, and healthy eating over the long term is sufficient to ensure a healthy colon.
Others say that a colon that has suffered years of dietary and lifestyle abuse requires a 'spring clean' to remove years of accumulated plaque and meat gristle and other things that have got lodged in the large intestine.
Get in touch and share your view!
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.
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