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March 9, 2019

For Tai Chi Students: Stephen Wooster

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March 1, 2019

“Follow The Breath to Enter the Zone”

I put that in quotes because it comes from a book by Patrick McKeown entitled, The Oxygen Advantage. I share it because it is almost the exact verbiage I have use to teach tai chi students how to breath – in their first class. He didn’t get it from me; and I didn’t get it from him. It is fundamental to healthy breathing, as a starting spot. In tai chi it is part of getting centered and grounded before embarking of the journey that is the tai chi Hand Form. On this Blog I have also talked endlessly about the benefits of proper breathing; and the consequences of not doing so.

Here are his words…

“Following the breath involves observing the cycle of each inhalation and exhalation, and is a simple and useful method of internalizing your focus while shutting out any unnecessary thoughts. …

… The breath is the bridge between the mind and the body

February 14, 2019

Exercise Gives Older Men a Better Brain Boost

Summary: According to a new study, men have a stronger positive correlation between cardiorespiratory fitness and brain function as they age.

Source: American Physiological Society.

New research suggests that the relationship between physical and brain fitness varies in older adults by virtue of their sex. The study is published ahead of print in the Journal of Applied Physiology.

February 13, 2019

More is Better When Coordinating with Others

Think Tai Chi class when reading about this new research.

February 5, 2019

And Speaking of Exercise…

THE PERFECT EXERCISE: TAI CHI

“Researchers found significantly increased ratios of NAA to creatinine after 12 weeks of Tai Chi, suggesting that Tai Chi may promote neuroplasticity, the generation of new neurons, or protect neurons from the normal process of aging.”

“The recovery time for muscles significantly improved after 12 weeks of Tai Chi.”

J Neuroimaging. 2018 Jul;28(4):359-364. doi: 10.1111/jon.12515. Epub 2018 Apr 17

February 4, 2019

Adolescent Athletes ‘Prescribed’ Aerobic Exercise Recover Faster From Concussions

Concussions are common in all kinds of contexts. This new research is important.

February 1, 2019

Exercise Benefits Brains and Blood Flow Changes in Older Adults

“Exercise training alters brain blood flow and improves cognitive performance in older adults, though not in the way you might think. A new study published by University of Maryland School of Public Health researchers in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease showed that exercise was associated with improved brain function in a group of adults diagnosed with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) and a decrease in the blood flow in key brain regions.”

January 28, 2019

Seth Godin (Again) – Opportunity Costs

He is a genius.

Opportunity costs just went up

Every choice has a price.

If you have $100 to invest and you buy this stock instead of that bond, the interest you gave up in making your choice is your opportunity cost.

At the dinner buffet, you can take as much food as you like, but you can only consume so much food. Which means that eating the jambalaya means you won’t have room to eat a dosa. That’s your opportunity cost.

Opportunity cost is the key to making decisions. Once you know the value of the alternatives you’re giving up, you can be smarter about what you’re choosing to do.

Time is finite. We only get the next hour once, and then it’s gone forever. So choices about how we spend or invest our time come with real opportunity costs.

A car with a bumper sticker that says, “I’d rather be surfing,” tells us a lot about the driver (including the inconsistency of his or her actions). But it’s proof that each of us wrestles with opportunity costs every day.

With that in mind, the cost of watching a cat video on YouTube is real indeed.

And the internet has raised the opportunity cost of time spent.

Our access to the world of learning and online resources means that the alternatives are far more valuable than they used to be.

You’re about to spend 11 minutes perfecting an email to a customer. You could do a 90% ideal job in one minute, and the extra 10 minutes spent will increase the ‘quality’ of the email to 92%.

The alternative? Now, you could spend that ten minutes reading a chapter of an important new book. You could learn a few new functions in Javascript. You could dive deep into the underlying economics of your new project…

Or perhaps you’re about to spend an hour manually cleaning a database or tweaking some image files. You do this every day.

Today, though, you could invest an hour in learning to build a macro that will do this recurring job in just a minute a day from now on. Or you could figure out how to hire a trusted freelancer who will do the job on a regular basis for far less than it’s costing you to do it yourself.

Next week, the choices you made at the buffet won’t matter much. But if you learn a new skill, you own it forever.

Human beings don’t like thinking about opportunity costs. As they approach infinity, it’s easy to get paralyzed. As they get harder to compute, it’s difficult to focus and be mindful of the choices already made. That’s a challenge.

But worse, far worse, is to ignore them and fail to learn and connect and level up.

January 23, 2019

More on Stuart McGill: a StrongFirst Podcast

https://www.strongfirst.com/podcast-episode-17-dr-stu-mcgill/

December 4, 2018

For Tai Chi Students: Our Elder Sisters in France

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I think that it is important to know who you are associated with.

Here are two who represent an impressive standard. I think that you will enjoy knowing more about them and their journey.

September 28, 2018

Practicing Mindfulness Benefits Parents and Children

Another Post about research on Tai Chi…

 

 

 

July 13, 2018

15 Minutes of Exercise Creates Optimal Brain State for Mastering New Motor Skills

Yeah, just 15 minutes of exercise…

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