Too Much of a Good Thing

There are certain things in life that are good for us. For example, as the winter approaches we know the importance of vitamin D and getting exposure to sunlight. Unfortunately, flying to a beach vacation and spending the whole day in the sun may result in sun stroke and sun burn.

Pushing Fitness Intensity

What constitutes an effective workout? Is it when you feel a pump in the targeted muscle(s)? Is it when you work up a good sweat? 

4 Reasons to Use a Heart Rate Monitor

At one time heart rate monitors would have been considered for elite athletes and those with extra cash for all the latest gadgets. Not any more.

Revisiting 2011 Fitness Predictions

It’s the Christmas season and New Year’s is around the corner. That means it’s time to look ahead and see what’s coming down the line with respect to health and fitness. But before we jump ahead to 2012 and close the door on 2011 we should take a moment and look back at where I thought fitness was headed with respect to fitness.

5 Common Fitness Training Mistakes

I went and saw the movie Moneyball the other night. If you’re thinking about going you should definitely check it out.

Maybe you’re a basefall fan. Or maybe you’re entrepreneurial and like business. Or maybe you like Brad Pitt (hello Megan). Whatever your reason, it’s a good show.

Training Lessons from the Movie The Warrior

The other night I went and saw the movie The Warrior. Have you seen this one? It’s the story of a UFC-style grand prix where competitors have to advance through a tournament with a ‘winner-take-all’ 5 million dollar prize.

2 Fixes to Getting the Fitness Results You Want

Do you know the following people?

The ones who complain about nutrition and exercise not working for them. That they have tried everything under the sun when it comes to workout routines or dietary changes. But for whatever reason they don’t get results.

And they’ll state emphatically it has nothing to do with their approach or their dedication. They are just different.

You know the type of people I’m talking about?

Top 5 Reasons Some Get Results (with less effort and strain)

I’m sure most of you have taken a plane before. And you’ve probably paid for that flight.

Sometimes you time it right and book during a seat sale. And other times you need to get somewhere and end up paying more than you’d like. And definitely more than what others are paying for the same flight.

‘Stop Working Out!’ says guy who lost 130 lbs

Here’s another post from Dov. In his last post Dov introduced himself and shared his story about how he lost 130 lbs and has managed to keep it off.

Below Dov talks about a behaviour that sabotages your results.

He’s talking about smoking while you are trying to improve your health.

But he isn’t someone who stands on the sidelines and hurls insults and comments without foundation or understanding.

I say that because when I trained Dov he was a smoker. But he made the decision to quit and hasn’t looked back.

Whether you are a smoker or not, there may be something in your life that is holding you back from attaining the best results possible. Simply substitute whatever that is for you to get the take home message.

Dov, the floor is yours….

On my last post I mentioned I wanted to discuss some hurdles I had to overcome to achieve significant fat loss; thought it may be true that “losing weight isn’t hard”, you might be doing some things that make it significantly harder on yourself.

SMOKING.
If you smoke, and you are working out, just stop working out.
If you are sure you cannot quit smoking, do yourself a huge favor, and resign yourself to being a flabby, out of breath, unhealthy person for the rest of your life. There is absolutely no point in attempting to do “cardio” or lift weights, if you smoke.

You won’t have the oxygen you need to push yourself to any meaningful level.
When you work out, the point is that you are putting strain on your muscles so they recover stronger than before. If you cannot generate enough power or sustain enough endurance to perform, you are wasting your time in a serious way. Walking on a treadmill because your lungs cannot supply your poor dying body with enough fuel to generate forward momentum, while your hands firmly grip the sides in an attempt to take weight off your oxygen deprived legs is simply self punishment. I understand that you may feel guilty about eating garbage food and smoking cigarettes to fill an abyssal chasm deep inside your mind, I was there once too; but you aren’t counteracting the evils of your inner discontent by performing mindless repetitions of easy movements. Ask yourself why you are working out at all! If it is because you want to love yourself more, then start right now by eliminating putting NEW POISON into your body.

Don’t gradually eliminate cigarettes, just stop right now.

Everyone will give you a free pass to be grumpy for a week, its kind of fun.
Imagine how it will feel to breathe a deep clean lung of air, and fuel your muscles with all the oxygen then need as you eliminate all the excess carbon from your body. Imagine how nice it will be to stop having to buy packs of smokes, or try to find your lighter. Imagine not being disgusting smelling and feeling like you need to cough all the time. It is amazing how infrequently I feel the need to cough or clear my throat for any reason, now that I am not killing the healthy lining of my throat and lungs that eliminate normal airborne debris.

If the tone of this post sounds a bit angry its because that is how I conquered my addiction to smoking. I got angry at myself for my weakness and stupidity. I got angry when I was gasping for thin air through sticky lungs. I got angry that I was trying to improve parts of myself while simultaneously sabotaging the rest of myself in the throws of a chemical addiction.

PS: The physio chemical addiction to nicotine is gone from the body in about 3 days, the rest is all behavioral adaptation.

Chris here again….

What do you think?

Were you a smoker? If so, how did you get past it?

Post your answers and comments in the section below.

Chris                                                                                                                                                                                              okanaganpeakperformance.com ‘always moving forward’

Top 10 Fitness Predictions for 2011 – Part I

This is always a fun blog post for me.  I like to try and look at what I noticed over the past year, what I saw working and where I think things are going for the coming year.