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Working Through Fitness “t” and “n” BY WINSTON PRICE

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I know, I know.  There is only one “T” in fitness; however, this is me using poetic license.  If you do not know what I am going on about, go back and read the post from June 21, 2013.  I spell F.I.T.T.N.E.S.S. and yes I use 2 Ts.  The second “t” I state stands for Time Worthy and the “n” is for Necessary.  These two things are a must when it comes to developing the acumen of fitness.

First, of the two letters of the day, the fitness regimen you wish must be worthy of your time.  What this means is that you must have a respect for what it is you choose to do when it comes to the activities of the processes you use as tools in your development of becoming and being fit.  You have to note that what you are doing is actually efficient in moving through and past your challenges and aids you fully in bringing your thoughts and goals to fruition.  Now also note, I never state that you have to like it for it to be time worthy; however, it will help in the long run that you do like it.  There are many time worthy things that I just don’t like to do.  The one example that I will always bring up is running.  I had a joke after I finished my wrestling career, “I’ve done all the running I’m going to do, and I am not running any more”.  Any wrestler will tell you that joining a wrestling team is darn near close to joining a cross-country team (figuratively of course).  And to this day I vehemently dislike running; however. I respect the heck out of it because of what it helps me accomplish.  For my challenges and goals in physical-fitness running is extremely efficient, so, I have a tendency to note that and challenge myself to continue to run through my process.  Something that is not worthy of my time as it comes to my physical-fitness is hiking.  Some people get what they want in their physical-fitness from hiking. I am not one of those people, and I love hiking.  For my physical-fitness goals, hiking is not time worthy.  Now when it comes to my mental-fitness goals it is.  We will get to my fitness square in later posts, so when I speak of mental-fitness and physical –fitness I do not plan on defining those so much as of yet.  I later will, don’t you worry, unless you want to; however, I do advise against it.  Worry is no good for your fitness on any level.  It is definitely not time worthy, and is completely not necessary.

So, what is the difference between something being time worthy and something being necessary?   Time worthiness is based on what the activity does to help you to achieve your goals and work through your challenges; necessity is the reason why the activity is needed and should be done.  There are some activities that are necessary at one point and may not be necessary at another point.  Let’s look at running and weight lifting.  For someone that is looking to shed body fat running is very time worthy, the amount of running is what we look at when we look at necessity.  Unless one is looking to compete in long-distance running there is no physical need to run 20 miles a day, 7 days a week.   Also, if someone’s goal is to tone one’s muscles; it is no physical need for one to max-out in weight bearing lifts every day.  Now, where being able to run 20 miles non-stop in one hour and lifting all the weights in the gym are okay goals to have, that does not mean that they are necessary for you to work through your fitness challenges and reach your fitness goals.  Of course that is if your goals are not being able to run 20 miles non-stop in one hour and lifting all the weights in the gym.  

You have to make sure that the work you do suits and fit the goals and challenges you place in front of yourself.  That way, what you do will always be time worthy and necessary. 

 

For more information Winston’s his martial arts academy please visit Internal Magnification.  

Winston Price, Executive Producer, has over a decade and a half of marketing, advertising and public relations experience. He began his business career in 1995 and is a graduate of Indiana University Bloomington. Winston also is a master martial artist and personal trainer with over 2 decades of knowledge and experience. Winston runs his own school, Internal Magnification Martial Arts, where he focuses on helping people reach their personal goals of health and fitness via At-Home personal training with martial foci of Taekwondo, Tai Chi Ch’uan, Hapkido and Ba Gua Zhang. As an executive producer for VoiceAmerica, Winston utilizes his skills in business and personal training to help new and existing hosts maximize their opportunity with the VoiceAmerica Talk Radio Network by supporting his hosts with the business and personal aspects of creating and developing their show. Winston believes that each host brings their own flavor to the Network. By properly coaching and motivating his hosts, they are able to produce THEIR show with THEIR style and THEIR passion being at the forefront of every broadcast.  

 

Tai Chi Wednesday With WINSTON PRICE

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Adjusting Step: Adjusting with Your Environment

You are going to fall.   You are going to fumble.  Things are not going to always be right and well.  Whether it be no fault of your own, or completely your fault, your life will at some point face a hardship.  That does not mean that you have to be overcome by the situation; however, many people fall in line and accept the fact that because things are hard or bad they must act, as they understand, accordingly.  They have to be mad, sad, gloomy, pessimistic, and/or hateful because the situation they are in; their environment, doesn’t suit what they want.  To them I state, you have not gained a well-balanced outlook of the Adjusting Step.

Go look at the form.  There are times when you will see a posture and then a seemingly cheating step.  That is the adjusting step.  In the form, it is accounted for that there are times when one will have to further extend their posture outside of where things normally end in the form.  Because of change, the body must change, in a positive manner, to cope.  The practice is to cope without anxiety –filled movement; without hesitation, without haste- allowing neither fear nor anger to be a factor in your side of the outcome of a situation.    

Now with this notion comes the understanding that one has accepted the environment around them, and has accepted the knowledge that environments have a tendency to change.  In your Tai Chi form practice, I first say, learn the stepping and movements the way your instructor teaches and whenever you train with your instructor, during the time of instruction, never falter from what they have taught you.  Now later in your time, do the form under differing conditions, close your eyes, face a corner of the room you don’t normally face when you start, move to a smaller more confined area, do your form on different surfaces; under these conditions try to be as close to what you were taught and see where else adjustments must be made.  Put yourself in as many different environments as possible and always remain the same, or as close to as possible, and stay efficient.   This way, hopefully, when random changes are made you are already prepared and you would have learned to adjust yourself with your environment in a totally positive manner (note the word “with” and not “to”).  In being able to do so you may be at a point or begin to move to the point of becoming a creature of being in the stead of being a creature of action or reaction.

Your environment may change, be able to efficiently change with it; a basic rule of thriving.

 

For more information Winston’s his martial arts academy please visit Internal Magnification.  

Winston Price, Executive Producer, has over a decade and a half of marketing, advertising and public relations experience. He began his business career in 1995 and is a graduate of Indiana University Bloomington. Winston also is a master martial artist and personal trainer with over 2 decades of knowledge and experience. Winston runs his own school, Internal Magnification Martial Arts, where he focuses on helping people reach their personal goals of health and fitness via At-Home personal training with martial foci of Taekwondo, Tai Chi Ch’uan, Hapkido and Ba Gua Zhang. As an executive producer for VoiceAmerica, Winston utilizes his skills in business and personal training to help new and existing hosts maximize their opportunity with the VoiceAmerica Talk Radio Network by supporting his hosts with the business and personal aspects of creating and developing their show. Winston believes that each host brings their own flavor to the Network. By properly coaching and motivating his hosts, they are able to produce THEIR show with THEIR style and THEIR passion being at the forefront of every broadcast. 

Working Through Fitness: “i” and” t” BY WINSTON PRICE

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Okay. So here’s the scoop. Here’s the skinny. If it doesn’t make your brain fire, you are going to get bored, angry, and then you will stop. I don’t care what it is you are doing. That’s just it.

In Fitness; “i” is for Interesting and the “t” is for Tough. What I have found in my years of training is that people stop being and/or trying to be fit because their minds go numb. What people fail to realize is that their interest falls within a continuum. In general, people understand that if something doesn’t make their mind work, more-so to the point, if they don’t want to do something they either will not do it, or, if they have been doing it then they will stop because it does not captivate their desires. Now here’s the kicker. Most people get that if something isn’t challenging enough then they get that they are, will be, under stimulated; however, what people don’t get is that if things are too challenging that their brain will be over stimulated and shutdown, thereby, causing a lack of stimulation. Crazy I know, true none-the-less.

Something I hope people will get over is the whole, “I know it’s my first day, and everything you said I can do now” attitude. Not sorry to tell you, no you probably cannot. Now note, I am not saying don’t push yourself. I do state that you do need to push yourself.  You need to make sure that you stay above the “bored” state; however, people need to be mindful that they do not take on a challenge so great, beyond their current skill set, that they find the challenge daunting and unachievable causing a stop of a state of commitment, or not even starting a state of commitment because the challenge is too high. People want to run so what they do is try to run a quarter marathon the first day and give-up because it is too hard. Well yeah! You’ve been sitting and not moving for that past x-amount of years. Why would you think you could do something so far out of you skill-set? Well the answer is ignorance, look-up the definition those of you that just got offended because someone just said that someone could be/is ignorant. Ignorance is absents of knowledge that someone was never aware of in the first place. That is neither positive nor negative, it just is.  Ignorance causes people to do things that if they knew different they would not attempt or do. To make and decision from a state of ignorance doesn’t make one stupid; however, knowing that there are others that are more knowledgeable than one’s self and not adhering to their advice does.

There has to be a great challenge; however, not so great that one gives up.  Here is where I give my definition of goals and challenges.  Goals are long-term achievements and challenges are what keep us moving forward in our pursuits of our goals.  Example: a person can set a goal for running 5K in 3 months; the challenge is running 4 to 5 times a week to reach the goal.  Too many people use goals as short-term situations and think of challenges as problems, those are not the ways I believe one should think of challenges and goals.  Think about a football field.  The end-zones are 100 yards a part, the challenge is to make it down the field, inch by inch, yard by yard.  The goal is to make it to the end-zone to score.  If we set low standards for our goals, only gaining a yard, then we become underwhelmed.  Also, if we make our challenges too great, we become overwhelmed.  After learning the difference between goals and challenges; keeping fitness interesting and tough becomes easy.

So when getting into something, make sure it is interesting and tough so that you can easily understand why you are doing it and you stay excited about doing it!

 For more information Winston’s his martial arts academy please visit Internal Magnification.  

Winston Price, Executive Producer, has over a decade and a half of marketing, advertising and public relations experience. He began his business career in 1995 and is a graduate of Indiana University Bloomington. Winston also is a master martial artist and personal trainer with over 2 decades of knowledge and experience. Winston runs his own school, Internal Magnification Martial Arts, where he focuses on helping people reach their personal goals of health and fitness via At-Home personal training with martial foci of Taekwondo, Tai Chi Ch’uan, Hapkido and Ba Gua Zhang. As an executive producer for VoiceAmerica, Winston utilizes his skills in business and personal training to help new and existing hosts maximize their opportunity with the VoiceAmerica Talk Radio Network by supporting his hosts with the business and personal aspects of creating and developing their show. Winston believes that each host brings their own flavor to the Network. By properly coaching and motivating his hosts, they are able to produce THEIR show with THEIR style and THEIR passion being at the forefront of every broadcast. 

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