“Are you Tense Right This Minute?”

Are you feeling stressed right now? Let me give you a quick tip…

There’s an old Chinese proverb that says;

‘Tension is who you think you should be, and relaxation is who you are’

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So what I’ve noticed is, for instance, when someone loses a loved one; they think that the more stress, the more distress and the more sadness that they show – the more love that they are expressing.

When really I don’t think that’s true. The person who has passed away would not want you to be suffering and would not want you to be sad for so long.

 

So, holding on to a stress, being aware of how stressed we are. How stressed are you right now? Are you holding tension in an area of your body or in your head or anywhere? Where are you holding it…

 

Tension is who you think you should be, relaxation is who you really are. How do we get into that point of relaxation? The best way is: breathing. And here is where I want you to focus the breath.

 

If you try and meditate, if you try and ‘Brain Train’, if you try and use your breath to relax, if you’re focusing on the moving breaths; that’s not quite going to work.

We need to focus on stillness. Where is the stillness in your breath?

It’s in between the inhalation and the exhalation. That’s where the focus goes, or where your mind clears.

So breathe in & hold at the top of the breath. Pause there for a few seconds. Allow your mind to clear. Then when you’re ready breathe out. When you have fully exhaled, pause for a few seconds. When you’re ready to breathe in (wait till you feel the desire the inhalation will be more fulfilling) breathe in… & repeat.

 

For a few seconds, maybe you can elongate that to 30 seconds. But start with 2, 5, 6, 7, 8 seconds. Do that, practice it, it will help you to de-stress and clear your mind. Try that now.

 

Slow down. Come to a pause, in-between the inhalation and the exhalation. This will help to decrease the stress in your body & become a part of your life.

 

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“Your Brain, Pain & Energy”

I was listening to professor Timothy Noakes who has led exercise science for 20+ maybe even 30+ years now and is a big proponent of low carb, high fat diets.

What I’m going to talk about here is the brain. Timothy actually explains that the main limiting factor within your results (using physical activity as the example) is not exhaustion or decrease in energy, but rather the brain being the limiting factor in order to protect the body.

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What they found through testing over 30 years is that you can find two people with exactly the same VO2 Max (that’s usually the limiting factor that will tell you someone’s performance) and you will get one that can run a marathon in 2 hours 20 minutes and the other can run it in 3 hours.

 

Some people experience these illusions of pain in the muscle or pain in the joint, as blocking you to protect you. So the brain is blocking you from continuing the race.

 

As long as we know this information we know that we can keep going, and get a better experience from it and even learn more.

 

He’s wrote several books, one of them is the law of running and another is real meal revolution. He’s run 71 marathons and ultra marathons (ultra marathons are 50 miles!)

 

The point being in this one is that your brain again is the limiting factor. I keep going back to this because if 80% of your results is psychology, 20% is mechanics and there’s a lot of evidence that points to that being the truth then where should we focus most of our efforts? On the brain.

 

We can work on our brain, work on our emotions and work on our energy levels but where does our energy come from? I had this conversation earlier, does it come from food, does it come from oxygen does It come from sleep?

 

I propose something to you that energy comes from movement, the more you move the more energy you get. Have you noticed that when you’re really active and you’re doing things the more energy you’ve got and you can keep going? When you’re more lethargic and you’ve allowed yourself to be a little bit lazy you can’t be bothered to do anything. This is clear that much of something brings more.

 

Timothy Noakes said that your brain is a limiting factor, but when we know this if it’s fear or if it’s actually pain from exercise, we know that the brain may be bringing up that illusion just to try and protect us and if we can go through that we can actually extend, and get our results that we desire a little bit sooner than we thought rather than being stopped by these illusions.

 

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‘6 MUST KNOW’S’ : How to Choose Your Omega Fish Oil Supplement

  1. Does your oil contain Omega 6 ?

baked-1549171_1920You don’t need any more. Your Omega fish oil supplement should not contain any Omega 6.

Om6 is pro-inflammatory (promotes it) & it is highly likely you already have enough of it in your blood.

Main sources of Om6 are :

NOTE: Do not ingest any more Omega 6

 

2. Should it contain more EPA or DHA ?

Both EPA & DHA are amazingly good for you. Studies in fact show that DHA has even more health benefits than EPA.

Particularly for your brain & eyes.

NOTE: You want a supplement higher in DHA to EPA.

 

3. Capsules or Liquid?

You want your oil to be in a liquid form. Why? One reason is it will be purer & gone through less handling.

The second reason is that in the heating of the capsules in order to seal them a portion of the DHA is lost to the heat. The more heat process the oil is put through the less fresh it will be.

As mentioned you want as much DHA to remain as possible.

NOTE: Make sure your oil is in liquid form

 

4. How pure is your oil ?

All oils in the UK must pass stringent tests to be fit for human consumption. The industry standard in Scandinavia (where the best fish comes from) is the TOTOX Value.

Totox stands for total oxidation & assures that the oil is pure & fresh. Basically how many toxins are in the oil & how quickly is it ageing.

Clearly you want the purest oil with as little toxins present as possible & you want it to be fresh.

TIP: The more fishy smelling an oil becomes the less fresh it is.

In the Uk all oils must score 10 or below on the Totox Value. This should be public information but not all companies release this information easily. (I wonder why?)

The lower the score on the Totox the cleaner, purer & fresher the oil.

It is fit for human consumption if you see on the shelves in the Uk but the closer to 10 on the Totox score the less pure it is.

I think of it like this: a drop of arsenic each day wont kill me but it certainly isn’t doing me any good. Combine that with all the other toxins coming in & over the years of accumulation it could become a problem…. The purer the better.

NOTE: Only use the lowest scoring oil from the Totox Test. If a company wont tell you that information DON’T TAKE THEIR OIL.

 

5. How much should a quality oil cost ?

For a decent oil expect to invest £30-£40 per bottle.

This is one area where a little extra is worth it. You could choose to save a pound or two per month but be wasting your money if its optimal health, vitality & wellness you are in search of.

There are some excellent oils out there for around £1 per day – what is your health & happiness worth to you ?

NOTE: £1 per day could save you many aches, pains & potential risk to diseases especially as you age.

 

6. How do I know I need it & how much should I take ?

Most people take Omega supplements blind: They don’t know their Omega status & don’t know if the product is doing them more harm than good AND if the product is doing anything at all !

There are some extremely simple ways to test your Omega status these days & combine that with the other facts above you will know exactly how much you need & for how long.

NOTE: Get the simple cost effective test & correct your Omega levels asap. Your health, energy & performance could depend on it.

 

To conclude…

If you were to prioritise your budget to ‘which supplement will give me the most bang for my buck?’ then TWO jump out & every health care practitioner will tell you the same:

  1. Multi vitamin
  2. Omega supplement

 

You have a simple decision to make…

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The 3 Priority Ways to Drop Fat

  1. Low GI Foods
  2. Resistance Training
  3. Compound Exercises

1) Low Gi Foods

GI stands for Glycemic Index. This tells us whether a food raises blood glucose (sugars) quickly, moderately or slowly.

Different carbohydrates are digested and absorbed at different rates & GI is a ranking of how quickly each carbohydrate-based food and drink makes blood glucose levels rise after eating them.

You want a slow steady release of energy (sugar) from the foods you eat. So choosing low GI is the smarter choice – the energy will be released slower & provide energy for a longer period of time & will in turn cause less of an insulin response.

Insulin is the hormone of fat-storage & ageing. Control that & you control those two factors to a certain extent.

This is how foods are classified:

Low GI Medium GI High GI
0-55 56-69 70 or greater

Choose low to moderate GI foods & you will manage your blood sugar effectively. Portion sizes & timing do play a part but this is the most important element to consider.

I’ll show you how to put this into a meal plan & which foods are low – moderate GI at the end of this article.

2) Resistance Training

If you want to lose Fat-Weight you MUST LIFT WEIGHTS. Here’s why …

The more muscle you have the more calories you will burn. FACT. This is the way to guarantee control of your body-fat over time.

This doesn’t have to complicated. The first few sessions may be uncomfortable as you learn something new but then you will start to feel & Look great.

I coach this to all my clients & highly recommend you learn some simple moves, I’d be happy to help you out so check out my first step solution at the end of this article.

3) Compound Exercises

These are movements that involve more than one muscle group & move two or more joints.

An example of a compound movement is a bench press or a squat.

Isolation movements are single muscle group, single joint movmements, for example a bicep curl or a calf raise.

The more muscle fibres you recruit in an exercise routine the more muscle you will grow & more calories you will burn.

So a single arm bicep curl is not the best choice of exercise if fat loss is your goal. A squat, deadlift, dip, bench press, lat pulldown or a row are smarter choices.

Get the basics handled & then pick up other powerful tips & techniques as you develop. Watch a powerful fat loss solution I have for you at the end of this article.

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3 Why’s Fish Oil should be your FIRST supplement

1 Why: Helps Combat EVERY disease…

You can google Fish oil and ‘ X ‘ (any disease). You’ll find reams of pages (average 1,750,000) & studies supporting the fact that fish oil helps to reduce the risk to whatever disease you type.

The benefits are FAR REACHING.

So a question you could be having right now is How do I know I need it? The answer is testing. If you don’t know your Omega status it is well worth finding out.

The further you are away from a ratio of 2:1 (Omega6:Omega3) the higher your risk to illness, ailments & disease. (I’ll show you a streamlined way to test & perfect your status in the quickest time possible at the end of this article)

 

2 Why: Fat Loss..

Again you can do your own research on Google which will pull up just under 5,000,000 pages of data supporting fish oil supplementation & fat loss.

If you want to look & feel your best for something that takes less than 30 seconds a day then fish oil supplementation is a no brainer.

The only question you should have is ‘ Which the best product & how much does it cost? ‘ (I’ll give you a genius option at a highly competetive price the end of this article…)

 

3 Why: Builds Muscle & Lowers Inflammation…

There is a more recent term coming through called ‘ INLAMMAGEING ‘ linking the rate of ageing with inflammation.

Bottom line is the more we control inflammation, think painful joints, digestive issues, outbreaks of rashes & acne on the skin, the longer we keep our youthful looks & vibrancy.

At the same time we get to build more muscle which is one of the top determinants of longevity. Fact is the more muscle you have the more calories you’ll burn (even at rest) so basically put the more muscle you have the less likely you will get fatter !

 

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Excercise Choice & Variation

Excercise Choice & Variation

 

If you want optimal results in the quickest possible time it is critically important that you vary your training stimulus. A training program or an individual exercise is only good for the time it takes for your body to adapt to it.

 
This means that there is an optimal curve of improvement for each exercise, movement & training program. Once the peak has been reached from that stimulus it is time to alter the variable(s).

 

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You could alter the variables of the movement, for example the speed at which you are performing the movement, or the rest period between sets, or the sequence of exercises you have lined up etc. Point being that in order to keep improving you must vary
how your body (& brain) challenged.

 
The rate at which you should vary stimulus depends heavily on the individual. This is where working with a skilled training coach is invaluable. They will be able to periodise your training program (have a long-term plan) to ensure continued success.

 

A general rule of thumb is that most people adapt to a training program in approximately six workouts. This means that you can set the program & diligently follow it for six workouts, you must then alter stimulus in order to keep getting optimal gains.
The intricate details around planning & variation of training programs is vast. There are many books written solely about each of these two topics.

 

The Bottom Line…

For now your approach should be to apply a specific routine, which you follow for a maximum of six workouts. At that point set up a new routine. Practice this long-term & you will consistently stimulate success from your training programs.

 

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ShapeTrainer Daniel Grant

 

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Reducing Fat by Reducing Stress

We all know that Stress is definitely bad for your health in so many ways, but did you know that it is also a cause of gaining fat?

The basic story goes like this, the more stressed you are, the more fat your body stores to withstand that stress. The more fat, the more stress your body can handle.

Stress can attract & hold fat to your body, even if you reduce your calorie intake. You need to learn stress management in order to lose fat effectively. If you’re starting to grow a little muffin top belly listen up.

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Cortisol attracts fat to your belly!

Stressed Hormones

Where your body stores fat is related to your hormones. Belly fat is where receptor sites for the stress hormone cortisol are commonly found. When you are stressed out, cortisol causes you to gain fat in & around your belly. Therefore stress reduction is one of the main keys to losing belly fat. In fact, it is one of the missing elements in a lot of  peoples approach to fat loss.

 

Tips to Reduce Stress

I speak in depth on this topic in my book Health Wealth, but here are some quick tips to help you on your way:

Herbal adaptogens have been used for centuries to decrease & manage stress. Most people will not be able to break their stress cycle & will require adaptogens. You must work with a skilled professional to determine your specific requirements.

What comes first for you: negative thoughts or negative body language? It is a chicken & egg scenario, but one that illustrates the point. Does an unhealthy lifestyle come first, or the disease? Negativity breads negativity, so changing to positive body language does, scientifically speaking, improve stress status.

Break your current cycle & apply a new, more positive outlook. Re-train yourself to be even more effective. Be aware of your thoughts, words, body language & actions.

If your behavior does not match up with who you want to be, stop! Take a deep breath, & then “pretend” to react how you would prefer to react. This will go a long way to correcting your negative behaviors. The saying, “Fake it till you make it” can be useful in some circumstances.

Change your tone of voice to impact your communication. Deepen your voice, pushing down a little on your Adam’s apple to create more bass. You can find your Adams apple near the center of your throat, when you swallow it will move up & down. This commanding tone will demand respect from others. Also it has been proven more effective to talk slower, even in high-pressure situations, much like how James Bond demands respect & talks slowly. For females think about the way in which Toni Braxton sings, lower depth than the average female singer. A deeper tone will also calm you & make you feel more grounded.

 

The Bottom Line:

Happiness & enjoyment are directly related to how you process stress & how they trigger your hormones. They have an inverse relationship. The higher your negative stress, the less happy you are. Or The happier you are, the less stressed you will be. To reduce belly fat, you must change your stress patterns. The first very simple step is to act positively & be aware of how you speak to others & to yourself (internal dialogue).

 

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ShapeTrainer Daniel Grant

 

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