Why you need a personal dietary approach

It can be hard to work out with so many distractions and difficulties keeping us from the gym. When we are able to work out, focusing on the exercise and blocking out distractions can be even harder. Too often, we power through a workout and check it off the list without thinking about how to improve mental health. So how do we bust through the distractions to get the most out of our workouts?

Expert say without a mindful approach to a workout, we risk poor results or even injury. Mindfulness includes paying attention to how you’re breathing – and to an extent – even controlling it. Breathing exercises improve your mental health, too. Use these three easy-to-remember techniques to maximize your breathing before, during and after you exercise.

Before: Set a Clear Intention

Set an intention for your workout, given the time and space you have available. Example intentions could be to make sure you’re breathing during stressful moments or to savor your rest periods by being fully present in your breath. If you only have 30 minutes, position your workout accordingly and set the intention clearly. Revisit that intention regularly throughout your workout.

Take a moment before you begin to check in with your body through breathwork. Focus on your inhale and see where the breath moves easily in your body. “Are you tensing in certain areas?” asks Tory. “Then you might be tight there. Pay attention to what your body is telling you and apply that to your workout.” If you want to improve mental health, it begins with paying attention.

During: Use Your Breath as a Guide

Be aware of your breath as you exercise. If your inhales and exhales shorten and quicken, that is a response to the work your body is doing. “If you’re bracing or holding your breath, you may be overexerting yourself,” says Tory. Using your breath correctly will reduce stress, help guide your workout and improve mental health.

If you’re working out with a partner, you can use the you-go-I-go technique.

“As your partner exercises, you can recover with intentional breathing, slowing down your heart rate. With partner exercises, synchronize your movements and your breaths,” Tory. “This will accentuate and strengthen the emotional connection between you.”

After: Recover with Rhythmic Breathing

Speed up recovery by incorporating breathing exercises with your stretching routine. “Focus on the areas that you stressed during the workout,” says Tory, “Breathe into the stretch and open up that tissue.”

The goal is to get to a relaxed state, returning to rhythmic nasal breathing as soon as possible. By sealing your lips and focusing on breathing through your nostrils, your body will get the cue to relax through the rhythm of repetition.

Consistency is more important than perfection. If you want to improve mental health, you don’t have to make drastic changes to your entire routine, just start incorporating mindfulness and breathwork into your existing routine. 

The smaller the change, the more sustainable it will be. Don’t tell yourself you will be mindful at every minute of your workout. You’re going to get distracted. Just keep coming back to your breath.

Now that it’s in your toolkit, you can return to mindful breathing any time as another way build on your fitness, both physical and mental. So just breathe.

恭喜發財!
Kung Hei Fat Choi!

Wishing you and your familes a prosperous and healthy Year Of The Dragon 2024.

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Youth Movement //

It's great to see younger people take an interest in traditional martial arts.
As we guide in teach them, they in turn have much to teach us.
How to engage and be engaging, listening to their needs and gudinging them to be their best as a a person and practitioner, and seeing through the eyes of unbiased perspective to remind us that there is always room to learn and improve.

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REAL TO REEL // TAAN DA PT.2

Once some sufficient, and of course consistent, drilling and practice pf Taan Da has been put to work evolve it with more energy, intention, aggression, variety, and other real variables.
Introducing a variety of unfamiliar, non drill-compliant, and unorthodox attacking lines to make your understanding and application more dynamic and powerful.

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REAL TO REEL // TAAN DA PT.1

This class' focuses on a fundamental Lin Siu Dai Da action: Taan Da.
Connecting concept, to construct, to coordination to control the action, space, and the most important threat being the opponent.

A well employed controlling action should create an unobstructed line of attack for the Da (punching or striking action) to hit the target.

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REAL TO REEL // CHANGING

This class' subject worked changing from an Outside/Fook Sau position to inside employing Huen Sau in coordination with Juen Ma, and from Inside/Taan Sau position to outside employing Bong Sau using Daan Chi/Single Hand Chi Sau as the drilling exercise.

Change occurs out of necessity when one finds themselves structurally or positionally compromised by either the training partner's, and eventually would be opponent's, control of space and position, compromise of control and structure, sideways pushing energy, and/or excessive force and strength employed by the other in response to your structural and positional maintenance. 

Eyes Up, Elbows Down.

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REAL TO REEL // CHANGING

This class' subject worked changing from an Outside/Fook Sau position to inside employing Huen Sau in coordination with Juen Ma, and from Inside/Taan Sau position to outside employing Bong Sau using Daan Chi/Single Hand Chi Sau as the drilling exercise.

Change occurs out of necessity when one finds themselves structurally or positionally compromised by either the training partner's, and eventually would be opponent's, control of space and position, compromise of control and structure, sideways pushing energy, and/or excessive force and strength employed by the other in response to your structural and positional maintenance. 

Eyes Up, Elbows Down.

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Coming from another VT/WC environment into another can be a challenging adjustment at times.
Schools and lineages have their own training methods and ideologies impressed within an individual.

But once one changes their perspective to understanding, recognizing, and applying themselves to their training one's learning curve and improvements pursue what works when provided with the tools to grow.

Garfield has only just begun to learn the Mook Yan Jong in our last 3 private sessions and has evolved from playing techniques to employing actions with purpose and understanding.

It's incredible to participate in and witness light bulb moments of realization growth in a student.

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Excited to see all the family and friends coming in to Toronto from across North America for a weekend of fistivities and festivities. 

See you all soon.

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Looking forward to be hosting a training weekend for friends and students from across North America once again
It's been a while since we've been able to come together for such a gathering.

It'll be 3 days of building skills, knowledge, and community. 
Working Forms, Footwork, Drills, Chi Sau, and Practical Fighting Applications.

Friday, April 21st will be training in the private studio by invite only.
Saturday the 22nd and Sunday the 23rd will be at Armour Heights Community Center in North York from 10am to 4pm both days.
With a big food feast on Saturday night. 

For more details and to participate email at: makecontact@s3vt.com 

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A simple concept.
A challenging mental, physical, and neurological quality to develop.

📷 Alan Lau - TEAM S3VT

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Starting the week with gratitude, appreciation, and celebration of the gifts shared.
Thank you, Sifu.

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KUNG HEI FAT CHOI!
Wishing you all a happy, healthy and prosperous Year Of The Rabbit!!

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