Monday, June 17, 2013

Our Life - A Reflection of our Thoughts

Our thoughts play an important role in shaping the path our life goes through. It is these thoughts and daily affirmations that can make the difference between joy and pain.

Our life in many ways is a reflection of our thoughts and affirmations. If we see the world as a place filled with negativity or things we do not like well then that is what we will actually get in our lives. What we think is what we get.

It seems such a simple solution but is not so easy to put in practice for many. Let us look at it with an easy example. If a person views, believes and even keeps affirming that everyone in the world is out to get them then over a period of time it will change their behavior with everyone.This person will begin to get excessively doubtful and suspicious of everything and everyone.  This change in behavior will end up making everyone stay away from this person there by the person truly ends up feeling lonely and as if everyone in the world has really ganged up against this person.  

Yes Life is not a bed of roses and we all do go through ups and downs. It is when we are in the downs that we need to keep our head up and affirm the positive in our thoughts otherwise our lives will just experiencing more and more of the downs. When we are going through a down phase of our life we are in a state of chaos, we need to calm down and let the turmoil within settle. Then collect what is useful and walk ahead getting rid of all the unnecessary baggage. Complaining is the easiest thing to do for all of us. We tend to focus more on the things we do not have than the things we have and the result is a constant dissatisfaction within. I had read this wonderful thought in a book I think by DR. Wayne Dyer -

                             I had no shoe and I complained till I saw a man with no feet.

 A very simple yet powerful tool to starting a great day daily and remodeling our lives is to give GRATITUDE
Every morning as soon as you wake up just say a thank you for another day that you have to live and experience. While you brush your teeth, bathe, sip on your coffee / tea or are getting  ready to start your day just count your blessings no matter how small they may seem but just keep counting as many as you can and just say a thank you for all of them. This simple exercise will surely make you feel better and charge you up with positivity. You will leave for work with a happy mind and heart that is ready to go out there and make a positive difference in your as well as the lives of others around us.

It is easy to blame destiny, luck and all other things around for all that goes wrong. Well you can not do anything with things that have gone wrong but you surely can take charge of your own thoughts. With control over your own thoughts you can visualize and affirm all the changes you desire and they shall manifest in to your reality for sure. Change is inevitable how we look at it is the difference between positive and negative.

Just like every drop of water contributes to filling an ocean,
                                                                              every thought contributes to filling our lives.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Listen to my advice and train WISE or you may end up paying the PRICE.

Very often I get to hear from people who do not train with me that they have heard that training in Jukaado under me is very intense. They also mention that almost all training at Jukaado get joint or muscle injuries often. 

Well today I wish to put an end to this myth / rumor by explaining a bit about the training and where things go wrong.

Most group classes may it be a martial arts class or any other form of fitness will always have a mix of senior students or students who have been training from many months / years and those who have joined recently.
There is nothing wrong in such a mixed group if the instructor knows how to alter and calibrate the workout for all the different levels of fitness at the class. 

At Jukaado we do train intense and we do push our training way beyond the impossible but that surely does not mean that I throw the students into the fire not caring for their health and safety. Our training program is actually completely injury free and safe. I have been training for over 29 years without any major injuries and there are many students who have been training from over 8 - 10 years under me without any severe injuries. When you do any physical activity it is common to sometimes have a slightly  strained muscle or a bit of ache due to wrong footing by mistake. However proper training procedure and care ensures no severe injuries unless an accident occurs. 

The rumor / myth - Most training in Jukaado get joint or muscle injuries.
This rumor / myth is created and spread by the few that come to train at Jukaado and run away in just a few days because of their wrong doing. At our class the regulars do many sets of 100 repetitions of squats, push ups and ab workout along with lots of kicks, punches, techniques and so on. However we do not expect new comers to do so much. I always inform the new comers to workout slowly and build up their repetitions over a period of time. I ask them to start with just 20 - 30 repetitions and also to take a break if they are feeling tired or strained. Some of them take heed to my advice and gradually build and improve their fitness levels at the pace they are comfortable with. These go on to continue at Jukaado and surpass their own expectations of health and fitness. There will be a few who do not take my advice to go slow and try to compete with the senior students in the repetitions and this sudden strain ends up causing severe aches the next day. Even after the aches they continue with this for few more classes and the aches just keep shifting depending on the workout. Finally they run away and blame my training methods at Jukaado for their misery when in reality it is their own fault.

So in reality some people come to Jukaado and dig their own grave but blame it on the training at Jukaado. Always start training at the level you are comfortable at. Gradually build up your fitness levels, stamina, endurance and so on. Find a good trainer who is well experienced and balanced. Follow what the trainer says even if you feel that you could push yourself more. 

I will surely be there to push all training to achieve that little bit more than they thought they could but I am also there to guide and tell all when they need to take a break or if it is enough for them. If even after my constant advice one wishes to prove that he / she is the best at class then am sorry to say they will most likely be the first one to fall down. 


Sunday, June 2, 2013

Recover well or discover pain and injuries.

Recovery is one of the most important aspects of any form of physical activity, sport, fitness training or martial art. Just few days back I received a suggestion from my Sensei (teacher) of the Japanese language to write on this subject. So here we are discussing recovery. I hope I do a good job of it. The article is just a generalized guideline of the importance, how to go about it and how to improve recovery time. 

For a detailed or personalized recovery program suited for your body type, fitness level and workout you could contact me.

What is Recovery????

The time taken by the body ( muscles, ligaments, joints ) to recoup from a workout is called recovery. It is in this time that the body builds back broken down muscle and tissues as well as relaxes and comes back to how it was prior to the workout (strain free). 

In my opinion recovery is actually more important than the workout itself. Suppose you train today and the body has not recovered completely and you workout again you are training with the body already being in the negative, without it being in optimum condition. This is something most people overlook which leads to build up of stress in the muscles and joints finally rising as stress injuries. Quality rest time is essential for a quality workout. A good recovery plan will ensure better workout levels, no build up of stress injuries, no fatigue feeling all day and most important longevity in your ability to train. 

There are no fixed rules as to how much time one would need to recover from a workout. It varies from person to person depending on their fitness levels, the kind of workout, the intensity of the workout, their general lifestyle and so on. However if you wake up the next day after a good nights sleep and still feel the strain in the area of the workout you did yesterday then you need more time to recover. That is why generally different muscle groups are exercised on different days giving sufficient time for recovery. This simple rule gets difficult to follow when you are connected with sports or martial arts as in these activities all the muscles of the body are worked on in every workout. You could try to reduce the impact on a certain muscle group while exercising that helps reduce the full load on that muscle group. When we have an intensive workout on a specific day we could follow up with an active recovery the next day. Active recovery is where you do not rest completely but try to use your normal daily routines to give you a low intensity workout for eg - walk to a super market which is a km or more away at a relaxed pace and walk back after shopping. 

In my opinion and personal experience the better levels of endurance you have the faster will be your recovery. So you will need lesser time to recover with increasing levels of endurance. Endurance is the muscles ability to function for longer time spans even after it has been exhausted. To build endurance we need to improve the core. Everyone nowadays talks of the core but most people work on it the wrong way. To strengthen the core muscles you need to train without sipping on water through the workout. Yes it sounds strange since everyone does allow sipping on water. Well when you do sip on water during the workout you hydrate and can workout better may be even longer. Now if you do not sip on water through out the workout and keep pushing yourself you are training when the body and muscles are in a  dehydrated state. However you need an experienced trainer to guide and supervise your workout, so that he / she can gradually build up on your endurance rather than give rude and sudden shocks to the body which can cause severe injuries. This over a period of time enhances your core strength and endurance levels. As your muscles adapt to function when there is nothing left too. This is the reason why a person with higher endurance levels would need shorter time spans for recovery. 

I have tried to keep this article as simple and basic as possible. It is not possible to talk of detailed recovery plans since they will vary from person to person. Hope this has given you a generalized idea of recovery and its importance. Do feel free to send in your comments or suggestions for any article you would like me to write on.