Fitness 2017 – Plyrometric Jumping (Monday)

FITNESS 2017: There are some deep wooden steps over at Olympic Park where I do my plyrometric jumping sessions. It’s Monday. It has to be done! #motivated #committed #unstoppable

A beautiful scene as the sunsets over Olympic Park’s conservation area and canalside after my long training session is over and I make my way home.

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Health Diary 2015: How’s 2016 Looking? How’s Burger King Looking?

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Eddie

DEC 24th (Thur): OK not a great week for me. Start the week with a breakfast of apricot and almond muesli smothered in blueberries and lunch of sardine sandwich in olive oil but by end the week eating on the go & marching into Burger King & ordering burgers like I own the joint (on more than one occasion). Hey, I’m a freelance writer I have to eat on the go but that’s no excuse & I don’t usually let go like that. You know what? We all have a blow out. But I’m on the core (stomach, legs, lower back) stage of my training programme and promised that by Jan 1st I would hit that target.  I said by Jan 1st I would have trained so hard in the weeks, months previous that Jan 1st would be my rest period not my New Year’s Resolution period. So how’s the programme looking so far?

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Got my new smart watch. My heart rate is at an athlete’s level.

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Eddie

DEC 22nd (TUE): Recently got my new smart watch for monitoring my health & scheduling my sporting/exercise activities. It gives you your heart rate at the press of a button. Most adults have a heart rate of 60-100bpm when they’re resting. The fitter you are the lower this rate is. Athletes have a heart rate of 40 – 60bpm. Mine is at 47bpm which is the athlete’s rate. All that aside, heart-related disease is the UK’s biggest killer & also has effects on other ailments such as diabetes & is linked to stress levels from everyday working life. PUT YOUR HEALTH BEFORE ALL ELSE. Don’t use the excuse of The New Year to get into action 

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Health Programme 2015: My core exercise targets autumn through to winter

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Eddie

MON OCT 19th: My summer programme focused on upper body strength exercises for muscle building and middle/long distance running for toning and all round fitness/stamina. As I switch to core exercises (stomach, lower back, legs) for autumn into early winter I currently have an ab, perhaps two as you can see from the photo. But this new focus will transform (hopefully) my mid/lower body. The development of stronger muscles and strength in legs will be beneficial for running, boxing and all sports I do that require a strong centre of gravity.

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Health Programme 2015: Music’s affect on water and our bodies (which are 70% water!)

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Eddie

FRI SEPT 25: I was just about to set off on my leisurely 5 mile jog around the scenic conservation area and canal side of the Olympic Park when I realised I forgot something. No mobile phone strapped to my upper arm and therefore no tracklist of songs pumping through those headphones to keep me inspired – can’t leave without those. But it got me wondering. I guess we take for granted the motivational power of music but scientific evidence has taken this even further.

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Water crystal experiments by Dr Masaru Emoto showed music and even words  have a vibrational effect on anything that is composed of water (bear in mind the human body is 70 per cent water). He poured water into containers and put labels on them which expressed thoughts about love/appreciation on some and hate/anger on others. He then froze the water and took photos of the crystalline shapes that had formed. The results below show that somehow the ‘energy’ associated with these emotions was powerful enough to change the structure of the water.

Effects of Thoughts of Love/Appreciation on Water Crystals

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Effects of Thoughts of Hate/Anger on Water Crystals

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He repeated the experiment with music. Classical music, Tibetan traditional music etc produced beautiful crystal shapes. Rock music produced harsh, ugly crystals. Dr Emoto explained all of this by saying that music produces a vibrational effect – the same effect on our bodies and water. He also deduced from this that certain music has healing properties. Will all this stop me including loud or angry music such as hip hop and rock on my jogging playlist? I don’t think so, but the results are interesting and worth thinking about. (It might be worth bearing in mind that all things have their pluses and minuses. The powerful, pumped up rhythms of rap or heavy metal may actually come in handy if you are a weightlifter for example. You try bench pressing in a competitive gym environment listening to The Blue Danube Waltz by Johan Strauss!!!

 

Health Programme 2015: Lee Valley Olympic Park 5k Race

OPTIMUM HEALTH DIARY: This section documents my pursuit of peak health and sports performance using established methods, breakthroughs in sports science and alternative/nature options. Does the body deteriorate on default or does our lifestyles and mindset have a lot to do with it? I’ll answer that question in this weekly diary. This is a quest for both health & excellence, I want to push my body to its sporting limits to see what is possible. Why not? Let’s be open minded & approach it as an adventure as well as research. (Literally all of my sporting & fitness personal bests have happened in this period of my life so watch this space!!) I’ll be using my film-making and editing skills to also create a video diary here. ______________________________________________

Eddie

SAT 19th SEPT: Competed in the Lee Valley Olympic Park 5k Race at the Velodrome earlier today. Being in a competitive race rather than a ‘run’ made me up my game and I smashed my personal best knocking two minutes off it. Ran under 30 mins (which was my target. Ran a time of 29mins 8secs.

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OPTIMUM HEALTH DIARY: This section documents my pursuit of peak health and sports performance using established methods, breakthroughs in sports science and alternative/nature options. Does the body deteriorate on default or does our lifestyles and mindset have a lot to do with it? I’ll answer that question in this weekly diary. This is a quest for both health & excellence, I want to push my body to its sporting limits to see what is possible. Why not? Let’s be open minded & approach it as an adventure as well as research. (Literally all of my sporting & fitness personal bests have happened in this period of my life so watch this space!!) I’ll be using my film-making and editing skills to also create a video diary here. ______________________________________________

Eddie

TUES 15 SEPT: Upper body strength training and middle/long distance running paying off. But the summer season stage of my training programme is comig to an end. From Oct 1st its core/lower body training. Happy with results so far.

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