What Training Should Do

Quick message for you today on the Control Your Health Strength Training Philosophy. 

Here are the ABCs of strength training as I see it. 

A: Prevent injury through awareness and safety. 

Kind of a no brainer, but just because something looks cool doesn’t mean it’s what is good for you. The right fitness program should not cause injury and should make you resilient to injury in your sport. 

Do no harm. 

B: Improve your quality of Life.

Do you feel better after training? Your program should give more than it takes out of you. 

C: Improve Performance. 

Training should help you: Get stronger. Get Faster. Move Better. Look Better. 

Pretty basic stuff, I know. But it’s the experts who do the basics best. 

Sifu Oscar

 

P.S. Whenever you’re ready, here are ways we can help you get started.

1. Schedule a time to observe a class.
Interested in Kung Fu or Tai Chi?  First step is to watch a class and see if we would be a good fit! Email: kungfu@wahlum.com for an appointment.

2. Become part of my exclusive Coaching Group with CYH Remote Coaching.  Get personalized coaching delivered right to your phone and catered to your specific goals.
Email: kungfu@wahlum.com for info.

Tip of The Week: Slow Eating

I’m a big believer that slow and mindful eating is one of the MASTER SKILLS for fat loss.

Because the goal is to eat a sufficient amount to be reasonably comfortable, but not more than that.

This week I wanted to share some recent research published in Appetite on how what you hear while you eat can impact how fast you eat.

Check it out and let me know what you think.

The scientists report that:

  • People ate faster when they listened to music with a fast tempo (145 bpm). (Example: “Born to Run”—Bruce Springsteen)
  • People ate slower when they listened to music with a slow tempo (45 bpm). (Example: “Call Out My Name”—The Weekend)
  • When people listened to any kind of music—even the up-tempo stuff—they ate slower compared to when they ate in silence.

The researchers hypothesized that faster music makes people feel more aroused or excited, stimulating their senses and making them eat faster. 

Slower music, on the other hand, may help people feel calmer and more relaxed, which could lead to more mindful eating.  

The study’s findings also affirm something bigger: What people feel while they eat is important.

Folks who struggle to eat slowly and mindfully may be more likely to succeed if they take steps to feel more relaxed during meal times.

And if slow music—or tunes of any tempo helps—you do that, then it could be worth trying. Think of it as “setting the mood.” (But please: No Muzak.)

PMID: 32682852

Mathiesen SL, Mielby LA, Byrne DV, Wang QJ. Music to eat by: A systematic investigation of the relative importance of tempo and articulation on eating time. Appetite. 2020 Dec 1;155:104801.

Sifu Oscar

 

P.S. Whenever you’re ready, here are ways we can help you get started.

1. Schedule a time to observe a class.
Interested in Kung Fu or Tai Chi?  First step is to watch a class and see if we would be a good fit! Email: kungfu@wahlum.com for an appointment.

2. Become part of my exclusive Coaching Group with CYH Remote Coaching.  Get personalized coaching delivered right to your phone and catered to your specific goals.
Email: kungfu@wahlum.com for info.

Can I Get A Spell Check Please?

Seriously!? Again!?

That is my internal response when my wife finds grammatical errors in my weekly emails. Comments usually (and maybe too often) go something like this…. 

“Oh… oops! You wrote there instead of there are. Huh?”

I proceed to take a deep breath and forgive myself. 

Because it’s ok to make mis-steaks (that was intentional). 

Especially when it comes to health, nutrition, and fitness. Most of us have failed in a particular goal because we expected perfection. 

Fear of failure can be motivating for some things, but when it comes to something like dieting and fat loss, it is almost impossible. 

For example, the best meat you can have is grass-fed beef. 

Great, but was it ethically slaughtered? 

Was it ethically slaughtered by a Tibetan Warrior monk? 

By a monk with one arm? 

Right arm or left arm missing? 

This is pretty ridiculous, and not only because everyone knows it has to be the left arm. 

But our nervous system has a funny way of working, “Oh, I was going to do this but I went to a party and I wasn’t perfect, so… Ben and Jerry’s.”

Disregard perfection as a goal, and it will be an act of compassion and kindness towards yourself. 

Forgive yourself, move on, and decide to do something that will get you closer to your goals. 

That’s why we tell our students at Wah Lum that we can always make an adjustment to a particular exercise or move. 

Or if you were stuck in traffic, just drive safely and get into class a little bit late. (if possible just leave earlier… you know who you are)

Coming in and doing something is better than nothing!

With nutrition, don’t think about what you need to stop doing, but what you can add to make your meal more nutritious. 

That’s all for know, I have to help my almost perfect wife with something. (see what I did there?)

Sifu Oscar

 

P.S. Whenever you’re ready, here are ways we can help you get started.

1. Schedule a time to observe a class.
Interested in Kung Fu or Tai Chi?  First step is to watch a class and see if we would be a good fit! Email: kungfu@wahlum.com for an appointment.

2. Become part of my exclusive Coaching Group with CYH Remote Coaching.  Get personalized coaching delivered right to your phone and catered to your specific goals.
Email: kungfu@wahlum.com for info.

Sloth and Gluttony

I’m going to “attempt” to summarize a message from a mentor (and frequent Sifu Mimi Chan Show Podcast Guest) Coach Dan John about sloth and gluttony. 

It appealed to my Catholic childhood. 

It goes like this… sort of:

We get fat (insert: “out of shape” because I know some are sensitive to the F word) with sloth and gluttony so to undo this we must punish ourselves with sweat and starvation for a few weeks, days, or minutes and reverse the issues gathered around the waistline for the past four decades.

It’s an interesting thought that a few days fixes a few decades. And why does focusing on our health have to involve punishment?

Why do we talk about food, and exercise as being good or bad? 

Coffee is good. Coffee is bad. 

Squats are good. Squats are bad.

Grains are good. Grains are bad. 

As a trainer, coach, and fit-pro I get put in a position to then answer questions about fitness and performance. My go-to answer is to start with the basics… and then I get that eyes glazed-over look. 

Here they are if you are still reading. 

  • Sleep (7-9 hours).
  • Move (consistently throughout the day, week, month, year, and life. I like Kung Fu, Tai Chi, and Strength Training).
  • Eat like an adult (don’t eat too many things that come in a box).
  • Drink mostly water (most of us don’t need Gatorade).
  • Spend time with people you enjoy (wife, Wah Lum Family). 

Do these things well most of the time (not even all of the time!) and you will be in the best shape of your life.  

Sifu Oscar

 

P.S. Whenever you’re ready, here are ways we can help you get started.

1. Schedule a time to observe a class.
Interested in Kung Fu or Tai Chi?  First step is to watch a class and see if we would be a good fit! Email: kungfu@wahlum.com for an appointment.

2. Become part of my exclusive Coaching Group with CYH Remote Coaching.  Get personalized coaching delivered right to your phone and catered to your specific goals.
Email: kungfu@wahlum.com for info.