Happy Thursday. I’ve got one more week until baby is due and it’s getting exciting!
Hope your week has been good to you.
Here’s 1 idea from me, 1 exercise and an article to help enhance your Brain…
1 BIG IDEA FROM ME
The process of getting a habit started is hard in the beginning.
One of the best ways around this is to create a trigger. A trigger is a small habit that’s done before a habit.
It’s a step that should spur you into action.
3 Examples of Triggers in my own life:
1. Drinking a pre-workout supplement before working out.
2. Putting on my running shoes before a run.
3. Putting on blue light blockers at 7pm to entrain myself to sleep at 10pm.
A trigger is simply a routine for your habits.
Choose the right one and it makes habit forming easier to take action on.
1 EXERCISE THAT’S CHANGED MY LIFE
How to get your first Pistol Squat by Squat University
Home workouts are the perfect time to develop in new skills.
One of the gold standard exercises out there is the pistol squat.
Couple things to keep in mind before Pistol Squatting:
1. You need the mobility to support the position. Do the mobility drills in the video above before attempting any of the variations.
2. Work at each level of progression for 2-3 weeks until you master. Then move onto the next one.
Do not skip directly to doing a Pistol Squat unless you want to fall on your butthole.
Pistol Squats are a bodyweight exercise worthy of your mastery.
It’s a great way to train your squat at home without the use of weights. In this video the good guys at Squat University takes you through the mobility drills and exercises.
Try them out and happy Pistol Squatting my friend.
1 Article to Enhance Your Brain
Whenever a client tells me that he’s moody, low energy and has no motivation I ask them one question,
“How much have you been exercising?”
It’s a very simple question but, more often than not, lack of exercise correlates to the symptoms mentioned above.
There’s a lot more to exercising than looking great naked.
According to the article:
Exercise affects the brain in many ways.
It increases heart rate, which pumps more oxygen to the brain. It aids the release of hormones which provide an excellent environment for the growth of brain cells.
Exercise also promotes brain plasticity by stimulating growth of new connections between cells in many important cortical areas of the brain.
Research from UCLA even demonstrated that exercise increased growth factors in the brain which makes it easier for the brain to grow new neuronal connections…
Read more here
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See you next week
– Coach Dan
Ps. I’m doubling down on my cephalopod addiction…