31 Dec

This Year Resolve to Make a Resolution Every Moment.

InhaleExhale

No New Year’s resolutions for me this year. No thanks. Resolutions and I are (mostly) through.

I concede that New Year’s Day feels like a fresh start. That fresh start feeling is so motivating, it’s no wonder people resolve to become fitter, phatter, healthier, more financially stable, and the like.

I’m not going to pretend like I’m not personally motivated by the anticipation of what is possible in this brand new year.

There are things that I know could make me a better person, a healthier person, a more loving person, a more successful person, and all-around less of an asshole.

I could give up sugar, take more steps in a day, hug 12 people every day, make regular charitable contributions, cut back on coffee, dress better, eat more leafy greens, do more yoga, floss, stop yelling in traffic, read more non-fiction, etc, etc, etc. . .

And I should do those things, but. . .

using January 1 as the launch date of Me 2.0 is setting me up for failure.

And here’s why:

Say I set a goal to go for a walk every day 2016
1. Slipping up feels like a failure – And it is. When I miss my walk on January 8th, that’s it. I failed.
2. If I fall off the wagon I need to wait until next year to get back on – I already failed my resolution, I might as well just sit on the couch for the rest of 2016.

Here’s the thing. If you want to make a fresh start you don’t have to wait for January 1. You don’t have to wait for a new month, or a new week, or a new morning. . .

. . . keep narrowing down those intervals and you realize that time is just an arbitrary thing. Every single moment is brand new the opportunity for a fresh start. Every single breath you take is a reminder that you are alive and that a new moment is here and ready for you. In that new moment you can be the person you want to be or make the choice you want to make.

You don’t have to be held to the standard of the person you were last year, or yesterday, or on your last inhale breath. You are always someone new. And that new person can be Me 2.0, launching now. And now. And now. And now. . .

InhaleExhale

20 Dec

Links for a Sunday Morning

It was easier to be skinny in the 1980s – The Atlantic

A given person, in 2006, eating the same amount of calories, taking in the same quantities of macronutrients like protein and fat, and exercising the same amount as a person of the same age did in 1988 would have a BMI that was about 2.3 points higher. In other words, people today are about 10 percent heavier than people were in the 1980s, even if they follow the exact same diet and exercise plans.

It’s Time To Quit The Rat Race And Become A Freakin’ Viking – Huffington Post

A 115-foot longship based in Norway, has put out a call for volunteer crew members to man the vessel during this year’s voyage from Norway to the U.S., stopping in Iceland, Greenland, and Canada along the way.

A Day in the Life of Americans – Flowing Data

Mesmerizing moving charts of how people flow from one activity to the next throughout the day.

The best and worst nutritional advice from around the world – Vox

In Italy, curiously, cookies and cured meats show up as food groups.

Norwegian Adventurer Spends 6 Months Alone in NWT Wilderness – CBC

“The dream was to go out to Canada. Live off the land. Fish and see the nature,” Glestad said in a soft, reflective voice. “I know it sounds strange, but it was my kind of dream. Just living out there.”

“Diabetic Surgery” Uncovers Irrational Weight Biases – Weighty Matters

So basically here we have a surgical intervention that is dramatically better than a medical one, for a condition that causes cumulative damage and can wreak havoc on a person’s quality and quantity of life. Yet many MDs, allied health professionals and health reporters are taking this opportunity to discuss how we shouldn’t be looking to surgical solutions for diabetes because patients could instead use their forks and feet.

The Golden State Warriors’ Record-Breaking Mindful Mindset – Yoga Dork

Golden State’s #1 core value is joy, #2 is mindfulness, then #3 is compassion for team members and the game of basketball, and finally in the #4 spot is competition.

L.A. Times wonders if Serena Williams deserves Sportsperson of the Year more than a horse – CBC News

“Well given that horses aren’t people I’m going to have to go with the actual athletic woman who was given the Sportsperson award. I mean are you seriously asking who is a better person — a black woman or a horse? Is that really what you want to be saying here?”

23 Things You Learn fro Being Single on Christmas – Though Catalog

Being pampered by your parents who are super excited to see you again almost makes up for the fact that you are not getting pampered the other 358 days of the year.

12 Dec

Links for a Sunday Morning

The BEST Yoga Mat – Reviews.com

With over 50 hours of research on dozens of yoga mats, I focused on the properties and composition of the mat and how this applies to the various styles of yoga. I surveyed the masses, consulted with over 10 yoga professionals with years experience on mats, and personally put many mats through hours of testing.

Photographer overwhelmed by response to Lake Erie pictures – CBC

Sandford spent two or three days a week, sometimes putting in six-hour days, photographing the awesome natural power of Lake Erie during a four-week span in November. The end result is a breathtaking gallery of the lake’s power and might.

Yoga and Bone Density – another myth? – Foot Love Yoga

For postures connecting upper & lower body to the ground (think plank) force through the arms is greater for men than women because men’s center of mass is concentrated on the upper-body; conversely, force through the feet is greater for women than for men, because women’s center of mass is in the pelvis.

Toronto’s Best New Restaurants of 2015 – Globe and Mail

Picks for the year’s most original, most extraordinary restaurants. What they all have in common is that the people who run them took inspired risks and defied the usual ways of the restaurant business.

The tyranny of Fitbit goals can create artificial happiness – CBC (podcast)

Part of the allure of FitBits and other wearable devices is the way they can inspire and motivate you to go the extra mile. But when the extra mile becomes the twentieth or twenty-fifth mile, it may be time to sit and think about your fitness choices. 

Finland To Bring In A Universal Basic Income – Forbes

From the right it gets rid of the thing we worry most about welfare . . . And from the left it actually increases workers’ bargaining power without, of course, needing those potentially self-interested unions standing in the middle.

Stop saying ’sorry’ if you want to say thank you – Bright Side

We often apologise assuming that people will appreciate our politeness and good manners. But in most cases, the other party is much more pleased to hear words of gratitude from you rather than an apology.

08 Dec

Yoga for Athletes: Tip 2 – Get in the Zone

Be a Better Athlete With Yoga - Zone

 

Part 2 of the Yoga for Athletes series focuses on focus.

Get in ‘The Zone’

“Get you head in the game!”

“Focus!”

“Keep your eyes open! Pay attention!”

. . . hollow words shouted from the sidelines attempting to motivate you to stay focused and perform at your best. Easier said than done.

As an athlete you’ve had those moments when you just can’t focus and your head is out of the game. Your thoughts are drifting to pain in your body or stress in your life and not your performance.

But as an athlete you’ve also had those moments when you are so into the game that you’re one with it. The connection between your mind and body becomes so intertwined that you don’t know where thought ends and action starts. You’re not thinking THEN doing. Your mind is so absorbed, so hyper-aware that your body is doing exactly what you need to do. It’s magic.

This is what it takes to have success in your sport. This is what it takes to have peak performance.

But how do you get to the point where your mind and body to work in synchronicity? How do you get out of the distraction zone and into the performance zone?

Yoga is a great way to help you get there. The goal in yoga is to be completely aware of your body at any given moment of the practice. It’s about focus. It’s a moving meditation.

Everything from stress, to nervousness, to noises and visual distractions can take your head out of the game but yoga teaches you how to avoid them and turn your attention inside yourself. Consistent yoga gives you great practice in programming your mind to let go of distractions so you can stay in ‘The Zone’ in every game.