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Body, Mind, and Sport: The Mind-Body Guide to Lifelong Health, Fitness, and Your Personal Best Paperback – March 13, 2001
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1) A stress and recovery model of fitness training is likely to lead to burnout or injury. It's better to exercise at a lower heart rate (50% of max) and utilize slow, steady nasal breathing in order to maximize performance while putting a minimum amount of strain on the body.
2) One should use ayurvedic techniques to identify optimal diet, sleeping patters, and season activity for your given body type and disposition. Failure to do so can result in athletic frustration, stress, sickness, and fatigue.
I thought the central themes of the book were interesting; certainly worth a experimenting with for anyone currently suffering under their current exercise regimen. I like the idea of listening to your body and optimizing its performance based on how it's designed to operate. Douillard spends a good chunk of the book advocating for a school phys-ed program that identifies individual strengths and nurtures them rather than leaving kids feeling frustrated or embarrassed if they don't excel at rope climbing or mile running. Sensible, but probably tangential to why most are reading the book.
My primary complaint is that almost all claims are backed up only with individual anecdotes or references to ayurvedic medicine. I'm all for studying the wisdom of the ancients, but I believe extraordinary claims need solid (if not extraordinary) evidence. Some claims are easier to rationalize than others. For instance Douillard argues that ideally, we'd fall asleep just after sunset and wake up at sunrise in sympathy with our circadian rhythm. Fine, I can get on board with that. But other claims raise an eyebrow.Read more ›
I have been guilty in the past of pushing myself too hard in order to achieve a certain level of fitness. I'd just burnout, quit, gain weight, and start over again. This program helped me to PAINLESSLY and JOYFULLY attain a fitness level higher than I had previously thought possible.
His methods allow you to ascertain your body type, learn the best times to train, relearn how to train, and most importantly to enjoy it. Personally, I don't feel right breathing through my mouth anymore and I've seen my recreational cycling levels improve drastically by following John's prescribed method.
However, for all the benefits, it is relatively difficult to apply the techniques. That may be because someone isn't actively showing you what to do, rather you are reading a description and trying to imitate it. It is especially hard to gauge your comfort level (he often says "Let comfort be your guide") when it comes to sports that require rapid bursts of energy like tennis or basketball.
- The techniques are effective and (coming from a family with background in yoga) and described very well for someone who is unfamiliar with yoga. A must read for anyone with personal wellness in mind!
- When it comes to applying the material, don't give up! At first it will be very difficult to understand what you are supposed to do or feel like.
- Attending a yoga class may help you with the breathing techniques. If that doesn't appeal to you, keep trying on a treadmill or exercise bike where it is easy to push yourself, but back off if you body isn't ready.
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The best part of the book and I use it everyday is the info on nose breathing! Awesome book.!Published 1 month ago by PSST
This is a book on working with your body in exercise and sport, not imposing on your body. I recommend it to anyone who truly wants an intelligent relationship with their body.Published 4 months ago by vajrap
Some interesting theories...I especially enjoyed the section on nasal breathing as it relates to relaxation.Published 5 months ago by Mark Dixon
Very good approach for a lifetime of fitness progress (without excess stress!)Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
This is one of the best books on Ayurveda that I have read. I'm a fan of Dr. Douillard in general, but this particular book has helped me apply so much Ayurvedic wisdom to my... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Jms24
Really helpful, reinforcing good habits and helping me make changes to increase work outs easily.Published 8 months ago by DK100
John gives you the science behind how to make your body work most efficiently then gives you a simple program to put this information to good use. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Tracy Reed
Great book with lots of interesting info on ayurvedic medicine and it's application to exercise.Published 14 months ago by Jess