Thursday, February 8, 2018
Daily Thought 2018
The Wave of FLOW
What is FLOW exactly? Scientist describe it as a “state of consciousness” or a “quantitative shift in the pattern of mental functioning” or perhaps “hypervigilance”. Csikszentmihalyi describes his ten core components of FLOW:
1. Clear Goals,
2. Direct and immediate feedback
3. Balance between ability level and challenge
4. Distorted sense of time
5. Concentration
6. Loss of Self-Consciousness
7. Personal control
8. Intrinsically Rewarding
9. Lack of Body Awareness
10. Complete Absorption

The first three are considered “conditions for FLOW”. Brain waves can display different states of consciousness. “Delta” is sleep mode, “Alpha” is your brain’s resting state, “Beta” learning and concentration at low, fear and stress high, and finally “Gamma” is when the brain uses different parts combining multiple thoughts into one very focused thought. In FLOW we are our resourceful, imaginative, ingenious best, and the changes we experience stick with us. Research shows extended periods of creativeness following FLOW experiences. When you are able to tap into FLOW while pushing your absolute limits mentally and physically it’s more than just a momentary breakthrough, it’s bending your reality to your will and confidence about what you are able to accomplish next.

“It is when we act freely, for the sake of the action itself rather than for ulterior motives, that we learn to become more than what we are.” Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

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Polar Smart Coaching Training Tip: Count The Calories?
Not the ones eaten, but the ones you expend during activity. Who could count all the calories eaten? You probably don’t want to know anyway, but keeping track of your calories burned during exercise is easy. Most cardio equipment now has calorie counts, or if you have a HR monitor it will track them for you. Challenge yourself to burn 400-500 calories or more each day. Add them all up each week and strive for 2500 or more calories per week. If you really want to know how much you are eating just use MyFitnessPalApp and plug it into your phone. It will connect to your Polar Flow account to help get a precise Energy Balance which is calories eaten versus calories burned.? ?

Read moreEnergy Balance

Spartan SGX Training Tip: Workout of the Day (WOD)
Week 4 Day 4 Sprint WOD: Recovery

Warrior Class Training WOD

Beachbody Nutrition Tip: One Item at a Time
Trying to change your whole eating pattern in one fell swoop rarely works. It does if you are disgusted enough with your current weight and energy level, but you have to be pretty motivated. Pick one food item that is your nemesis like ice cream, or other sugary treats. Work on that one item until you have mastered it and you control when you eat it and how much based on your commitment to being healthier. Replace it with something comparable but healthier, then take on the next item that is undermining your goals to get lean. One at a time remove these obstacles from your eating pattern and replace them with healthier alternatives. Start with a breakfast item first.
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“Positive rituals are powerful on three levels. They help us to insure that we effectively manage energy in service of whatever mission we are on. They reduce the need to rely on our limited conscious will and discipline to take action. Finally, rituals are a powerful means by which to translate our values and priorities into action – to embody what matters most to us in our everyday behaviors.” Dr. Jim Loeher