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Posts Tagged ‘meditation’

Does this STRESS make me look fat?

Posted by Jeremy Paris on March 13, 2009

Told ya it was from stress...now pass the donuts

Told ya it was from stress...now pass the donuts

Yes…it’s not the DRESS that is making you look fat…it’s the STRESS!

Research shows that your body does not distinguish between the stress of running from a bear or from trying to meet your boss’s unreasonable deadlines. To your body it’s ALL stress. To help you escape from that bear, your body will increase your heart rate, lower your sensitivity to pain, and increase the amount of Cortisol secreted by the adrenal glands. Cortisol, also known as “the stress hormone”, increases the flow of glucose, fat, and protein into your bloodstream to help with your fight or flight situation.

So Cortisol is good…if you are running from a bear. But if you are sitting in a cubicle all day, then this chronic stress can lead to fat around the abdomen. And this isn’t the ordinary “under the skin” fat. This is Visceral fat, which is the bad stuff that lead to heart attacks and strokes. This is why people have been saying “stress kills”.

Here’s the good news: Stress isn’t bad in spurts. It’s constant stress that’s the killer. So break up your stressful day by exercising. Get some resistance bands, like the ones in the upper right corner of this screen, and pull them out of your briefcase when you feel the stress mounting. After a couple quick sets you will feel the stress start melting away. If the boss man starts giving you flack about working out in your cubicle, take it outside! No, you Neanderthal, I didn’t mean punch him in the nose…go outside for a “smoke break”. If that loud mouth down the hall can take ten 7 minute smoke breaks a day I’m sure you can get away with one or two.

Don’t worry about your co-workers seeing you. Just send them to my blog and don’t be surprised if they aren’t out there joining you for a mini 7-minute workout session.

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Running as Meditation

Posted by Jeremy Paris on February 28, 2009

Use what works for you.
Use what works for you.

I developed a love for running towards the end of high school, and did plenty of it during my 10 years in the Army.  I especially liked the long steady runs because I would often “drift off” during the run.  No matter what was going on in my life at that time I would always feel happier after my run. 

It wasn’t until after I was out of the Army that I discovered the reason running made me feel good.  It was my meditation.  My mind goes a million miles a minute from the time that I wake up until the time I go to sleep.  But during a long run my mind would shut off.  I don’t mean day-dreaming.  I was aware of everything going on around me.  In fact, I was more aware of everything around me.  I could hear my breath, the birds chirping and the children in the park giggling at the same time.  I would be taking in the beauty of the vegetation, and have an overwhelming sense of calm. 
About a year ago, someone was teaching me to meditate and explained exactly what I just explained above.  They said that the reason for it is that we have “self-talk” constantly which tends to block our senses.  But when we meditate (or when I run), that self-talk stops giving you an inner-peace. 
I read about this again in “The Power of Now” by Eckhart Tolle.  Interestingly enough, I don’t experience it as often when I actually try to meditate.  But give me a nice long run on a hot sunny day.  Mmmmmm. 

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