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Meditation effect on Sports 1

Have you ever wondered if athletes meditate? well, a lot of them do for various reasons and not only before an event or competition, but on an going basis. Meditation effect needs training and development. The more you meditate, the more you feel the difference. Meditation can help you in the following ways:

1. It helps you focus and stay focused. This is very important if you have set yourself a goal or a target such as marathon or a body fat percentage reduction. It is also very vital for winning competitions and races where your mental strength is as important as your physical performance.
2. It helps you deal with fear better. Fear is one of our biggest barriers in life in general and in sports in particular. Be meditating and calming down, you can calm your fears.
3. It helps with sleep. A good night sleep can do wonders to what we can achieve the next day. This applies to the office as well as to the gym. Sleeping well helps with good recovery too, when your muscles are rebuilding themselves.
4. It reduces stress. In this time and age, we all face stress whether at work or outside. How we cope with stress can affect our health and physical performance when it comes to sport.

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Meditiation: an Introduction

If you happen to live in a city, you will probably appreciate peace and calmness more than someone who does not. Living in London can be challenging at times, specially, the daily commute, the rush to buy food when you ran out or trying to meet a deadline. However, you can choose to shut down your systems with meditation to clear your mind and regain some of the inner peace that everyone has inside.

I started transcendental meditation a year ago and I think it has made an impact on my soul and mind. By meditating at least once a day in the morning, I feel better during the day. However, ideally one should aim for two meditations a day to bring the best results possible. The morning meditation after you wake up is an excellent way to start the day. It helps clear the mind from whatever dreams or nightmares you had over the night. The evening meditation is usually done on an empty stomach. It recharges my battery and make me think there is actually amply of time left in the evening to do more things than I would feel have I not meditated that evening.

Meditation need to be carried out on a regular basis. You will feel the benefits more when you are feeling down, overwhelmed or stressed. Meditation is FREE and all you need is yourself and dedicating some time to do it. The beauty of meditation is that you don’t have to change your belief system or follow a certain religion for it to work. You can be anything and still meditate.

I will cover meditation effect on sports and training in a future blog.

W. Al-Daraji

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Coconut Oil in Sports Nutrition

Coconut oil is being used increasingly in sports nutrition. Studies in Sri Lankan universities have proven that the saturated fats found in coconut oil have a profoundly different effect on metabolism compared to the saturated fats of animal origin. Coconut oil is much easier to digest and absorb than other saturated fats. Also, MCTs do not end up being in fat stores or adipose tissue as much. MCTs provide a longer release of energy and decrease the amount of muscle broken down all, of which is of great benefit for athletes and weekend warriors.
Have you switched yet to Coco oil?

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Review of Scitec Attack!

 

Attack is a complex creatine pre-workout formula that is non-stimulant. So if you are a coffee lover, you don’t need to worry about your caffeine intake.  So what’s inside it?

It has 5 types of creatine in a 5g dose per serving including Creatine Monohydrate, MicronTec micronized Creatine Monohydrate, Creatine Pyruvate, Creatine Citrate, Creatine Phosphate. It also contains a small amount of Vitamin B3 which may help with mental focus.

Amino acids are also presnet in Attack! including: L-Glutamine, Isolecine and Taurine.

L-Arginine is also a big part of the formula as you get 2,000mg per serving, which helps with Nitric Oxide!

All in all I found Attack to be an excellent product in terms of the strength I felt when doing my Front squats and Overhead squats which are very demanding moves. Attack also tastes great and mixes very easily!

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