The Longevity Athlete Blog

How Better Breathing Works

Breathing easier may not come from simply exercising more, if that exercise does not address the particular ways in which your respiration is being restricted. There is more happening in breathlessness than just not enough air.

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The Power To Thrive In Hardship

We might not be able to change what we are facing, but we can work on our skill for improving how we face it. This is very hard to do if we’re trying it for the first time in the midst of a great life tragedy. But it will be much easier to apply in harder times if we’ve already been practicing it in milder ones.

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Becoming Breathful Instead Of Breathless

What this breathlessness points to is not the need for more exercise to get those cells more oxygenated an hour or so a day. Actually, normal daily breathing needs to be corrected first. The default pattern of breathing (for sleep, sitting and walking about in daily life) needs to be corrected so that the cells are being abundantly supplied and served outside of exercise time. During all those hours of non-exercise breathing the cells throughout the body are being prepared to handle more exercise later. This is when resources are being built up so that the person can workout to a their actual potential.

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Can I Skip The Dessert?

If I feel any craving for [dessert], I scan my body to determine the nature of that craving. If I need more nutrients of some sort I think about what I just ate and wonder if I needed more of some part of that meal. If I feel a purely psychological craving, then I ponder the nature of that craving, wondering what it tells me about my self, or my social setting.

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Making Progress In Mindfulness

…the sense of progress can be tricky to pin down. On one hand, I am getting better at handling, even preventing some kinds of storms that have been common in my life. Some areas of life seem to be calmer overall. On the other hand, I am also facing new kinds of storms, or more intense ones which can overwhelm me. The situations that cross my path in life are not obliged to stay in the same league as my skills, however advanced I become.

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Don’t Get Hurt

Rather than view your athletic activity as a threat to your longevity, use it to positively pressure you to deal with problems that the athletic training exposes. Rather than give up and back way off from difficult activity, press in to the problem. Seek out help. Become educated and trained in addressing the specific problems that your aches and pains are trying to alert you to.

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Who Is A Longevity Athlete?

…each person can choose to add beneficial behaviors and remove harmful ones in order to stack the deck in favor of this outcome. Doing sports and being ‘athletic’ could be helpful to the goal of longevity, but it is not necessary. One could be sufficiently active with their body in many other ways.¬†

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Slow Down The Pace Of Achievement

This American culture I live in urges us to get as much as we can, as quickly as we can. It is a consumption mindset, rather than a mastery mindset. If we’ve accomplished our first 5K, why not just go for a marathon next! More is better! The sooner the better! Come on, your friends are doing it, so why not you too?

But lasting satisfaction comes from more than just consuming quantities. It comes as much or more from developing qualities.

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