Mind Set Game #50: Stay the course with Dan Highcock

In today’s episode of the Mind Set Game Podcast, I sat down with Dan Highchock.

Dan is an online training, nutrition coach as well as being a professional wheelchair basketball player in Spain. For Dan having the discipline and mindset to go and push yourself to your absolute limits, way out of your comfort zone is a great preparation for anything that life throws at you. When you feel like giving up, you don’t, you keep pushing on and come out stronger on the other side! Continue reading “Mind Set Game #50: Stay the course with Dan Highcock”

Mind Set Game #41: Be mindful with Dr Denise McDermott

On today’s episode of the Mind Set Game Podcast, I sat down with Dr Denise McDermott.

Denise has been in private practice in Southern California since 2001. She completed her Adult Psychiatry residency at Emory University in Atlanta Georgia, and her Child Psychiatry residency at UCLA. As a medical doctor with board certifications in both Adult and Child Psychiatry, she treats children, adolescents and adults. Her goal is to empower you, your child, and your family to live the best life possible. Her approach is to encourage people to believe in wellness, not illness, and to lead a balanced healthy lifestyle.

Denise utilizes a multi-disciplinary approach to medicine, where she integrates her western medicine psychiatric training using the Bio/Psycho/Social framework coupled with a Spirit/Mind/Body approach for mental health treatment of the whole person.

Denise summarises the episode in these words: “Be mindful of how your thoughts, words and actions affect your own individual health and the health of others.”

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Mind Set Game #24: If I’m going out, I’m going out on my terms with Gar Benn

In this episode of the Mind Set Game podcast, I sat down with Gar Benn.

Sigma Nutrition coach alongside Danny Lennon who I had on the show a while back. Gar is also the owner of City Gym in Limerick, Ireland. Continue reading “Mind Set Game #24: If I’m going out, I’m going out on my terms with Gar Benn”

Mind Set Game #22: The science of training with Mario Tomic

In today’s episode of the Mind Set Game Podcast, I sat down with Mario Tomic.

This episode is actually the precursor to Episode 9 with Mario.

In This Episode We Discuss:

  • What was his catalyst to changing his lifestyle?
  • What is his why (MOTIVATION)?
  • Mismanaging expectations. Is there any negative aspect to crash dieting?
  • Lowering your body fat, the downside to 6% (lower range) body fat. Can you truly measure body fat?
  • Why is there an obsession with having a six pack?

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Mind Set Game #16: Reclaim your health with Ben Coomber

In day’s episode of the Mind Set Game podcast, I sat down with Ben Coomber host of Ben Coomber Radio.

In This Episode We Discuss:

  • What was your catalyst to changing your health?
  • Can nutrition really cause disease/inflammation?
  • What tips would you give to improve your sleep?
  • What are some of the downside to going free-from?
  • Ergogenic aids and better ways to inform yourself about supplements.

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Do you suffer from a bad back?

Who suffers from them?

Do you do anything to keep your lower back healthy as this is paramount fit longevity to both amputees and able-bodied individuals alike?

I originally spoke about this issue in my strength and conditioning series for leg amputees: the top 3 upper body issues faced by leg amputees. Having under active bum muscles is going to lead down a very slippery slope, causing tightness of the hips, over-activation of the thigh muscles, tightness and over-activation of the lower back and excess belly fat and/or weak abdominal muscles.

Worst case scenario this will cause an anterior tilt of the pelvis (backside protruding out more so than normal and stomach bulging) causing lumbar lordosis.

Tightness in the QL muscles (located in the lower back) is caused by sitting unevenly and/or bad posture or hip hiking during walking which is all too common in some amputees.

*Do’s and don’ts when stretching the muscle tissue of the QL. It’s not a good idea to foam roller your lower back. Instead, use a yoga stretch called the pigeon to stretch not only the hips but also the lower back.

Actionable steps: Ways to correct this would involve improving your posture, nutrition and exercise.

Exercise would include:
– Squats

– Hip thrusts/glute bridge

– impaired side leg extensions (leg raises and leg lifts)
* leg lifts on your stomach focusing the mind/muscle connection with your bum, stop your reps when you feel your back is taking over the exercise.

 

References:

Chris Beardsley (Google ScholarResearchGate) is the Managing Director of S&C Research, a reviewer and contributor to the online encyclopaedia, and a contributor to the monthly research review.

 

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Do bad experiences of P.E. make you become sedentary?

Does having a bad experience impact your later life?

This topic has been suggested by a good friend of mine, Kevin McAdoo – we both studied Sports Science at Swansea University and he is now a Physical Education teacher himself.

To find out more, I asked members of my Facebook community in a poll about their experiences of P.E. at school and the results were quite surprising; however, this was a small pool of people, so I’m not saying it is something you could generalise to the wider population.

What was Found

It was a pretty even split between the individuals with a bad experience in physical education and those with a good experience who went on to have a non-sedentary life in adulthood. There were none that I polled who had a bad experience and were now sedentary, but I would put that down to the pool being on Facebook as opposed to say an email questionnaire just between myself and the recipient.

What was Learnt

Although this poll represents a small sample size, it lends support to the belief that personal context is key as those individuals who had bad experiences had possibly some kind of ‘eureka’ moment as to why they didn’t become sedentary, which is different for every individual.

As Gordana Biernat would describe it; “They put a positive connotation on a negative situation.”

In conclusion

It all comes down to the individual being able to come to terms with that past experience and resolving/reflecting on the issue that is causing them the underlying stress in adulthood. This reasoning would be supported by Mike Marschhausen, as he would argue that  “current stress would be as a result of something in your past.”

But does that mean one way of thinking is better than the other? Not necessarily. It all comes back to the old way of thinking which I believe modern society is starting to shy away from and that is ‘Dealing with emotions’ or ‘hiding our true selves’.

You might ask, James what do you mean by that? Well, it’s very simple the world nowadays doesn’t like to get its feelings hurt (and no I am not saying bullying here which has come up in the media recently with British Cycling and British Swimming). But people are more likely to be like sheep and follow ‘the flock’ as opposed to challenging something they don’t believe in (with proper discourse and facts).

However, my way of thinking is a bit of a mixture of both Gordana’s and Mike’s. It’s probably because of my background in sports psychology and my sporting career which makes me think this way, as you are taught to reflect on both the good and bad of a situation. You might argue that analysing things all the time is a bad thing, which in hindsight I would agree with, as you can sometimes read too much into someone or something.

 

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