Baby, It’s Cold Outside

If you’ve been following my previous blog posts, you know I’ve been working on curing myself of exercise induced mouth breathing. Taking a cue from author Patrick McKeown, and his book Oxygen Advantage, I’ve been actively training to keep my trap shut and nose breath while I train.As I noted in a previous post, one of the immediate benefits of this style of training is its inherent self regulation. This week the weather has been less than conducive for running. It’s either been pouring rain or too damned cold. The sun was finally shining today, but cold temperatures and my sinuses… Read More »

Nasal Wog

In case you were wondering, I’m still running. Well, sort of. I’m not sure if many would recognize what I’m doing as “running” but it’s the beginning of what will become running – eventually.Three times a week I walk from the gym down to the east end of the Rotary Trail. I run/walk for fifteen minutes then turn around and run/walk back. My one rule is that I have to breathe through my nose the entire time.It’s harder than it sounds, at least for me. I generally manage to cover two miles in those 30 minutes. I run until I… Read More »

Into the Woods

Now that I’ve come to terms with the fact that I’m a mouth breather. I’ve begun to implement a plan to correct and improve upon my situation. In a previous post, I mentioned that I was running again. The problem is that my running, for now, requires mouth breathing, which is over breathing which lowers CO2 tolerance which encourages moth breathing…I tell you, these vicious cycles are everywhere. It’s downright…vicious…Enter the hike. I can walk at a pace that allows me to keep my mouth shut over the course of the entire walk (hiking sounds tougher, though, doesn’t it?). Overtime… Read More »

Mouth Breather

In my last blog post I mentioned that I was starting to run again. And run I have. After about eight weeks of training I recently ran a 5k and logged what I feel, for me, was a very good pace. I finished the race at just over 33 minutes, logging a fairly consistent 10:33/mile pace.At about six weeks into my training I discovered a new piece of information that has radically changed my approach – I don’t breathe too good. I’m a mouth breather and according to Patrick McKoewn, author of The Oxygen Advantage that can lead to a whole… Read More »

Starting All Over Again…Again

A few weeks ago I started running – again. We, my staff and I, decided that as a way to boost community around the gym we needed a shared goal and, for some reason, it was decided that a 5k was the perfect solution.It should be noted that while at one time I was a runner, my last official run was the Warrior Dash I ran six years ago.Six years is a long time. When I started I, naively, thought it was the best way to get fit and made it a regular part of my routine for the first… Read More »

Mea Culpa, Again…

I hate being wrong.And I am wrong far more often than I would care to admit. But one of the things my mothers did right was to instill in me the importance of admitting when I am wrong. No one likes that guy who refuses to admit he was wrong even in the face of overwhelming evidence to the contrary.And the evidence is pretty overwhelming.As far as this blog is concerned there are two glaring mistakes I’ve been making and in order to look myself in the mirror each morning I need to come clean. Think of this as my… Read More »

Mental Meat Heads – Cincinnati

Over the weekend of October 7th and 8th I was in Cincinnati, Ohio hosting yet another of our Mental Meat Heads workshops. I’ve been home almost two weeks now and I’m just beginning to process all that happened over this roller coaster of a weekend. We got off to a rough start. My partner in Mental Meat Heads, Chip Conrad, flew in to Birmingham Thursday night. Chip’s my boy. In the very short five or so years we have know each other Chip has become an industrial ally, a mentor, a co-conspirator, and a close friend. Our plan was to get… Read More »

The Hierarchy of Health, part 4

Welcome to the fourth and final installment of my Hierarchy of Health series. The hierarchy as I’ve laid it out is as follows:1. Sleep2. Hydration3. Nutrition4. ExerciseYour can access any of the previous installments by clicking on the links above. I know many of you who have followed this series must have at one point thought, “Dave, what’s the deal? Why would you put the one element you’re most involved with last?”It’s true, exercise is my bag. I’ve made my career out of promoting its practice and trying to get as many people as I can involved with it. I… Read More »

The Hierarchy of Health, part 3

Today’s post is the third installment in a series I’ve humbly entitled The Hierarchy of Health. This hierarchy is, in my opinion, as follows:1. Sleep2. Hydration3. Nutrition4. ExerciseYou can click on the hyperlinks above to get to posts 1 and 2 in this series. It should be stated, that this hierarchy is based almost exclusively on my own personal experience of having a body these past 44 years, my experience working with this body, both as a fitness professional and as a human being, and a thorough reading of Google searches to back up my opinions and give them at least… Read More »

The Hierarchy of Health, part 2

Last week I introduced my Hierarchy of Health. This lists, in order of importance, what I consider to be the four elements of good physical health. They are:1. Sleep2. Hydration3. Nutrition4. ExerciseAnd yes, I’m well aware that this order is the reverse of what most people consider.​ If you missed last week’s post you can read it HERE. I received a lot of good feedback on that post and some interesting questions, which brought to mind an essential caveat – Your personal mileage may vary. For you see, each one of us is a unique variation on a common theme.… Read More »

The Hierarchy of Health, part 1

So, you didn’t exactly ask, but that’s never stopped me from sharing my opinion before.Here is the hierarchy of good physical health. These four things, in order of importance, will keep you on the road to good living.1. Sleep2. Hydration3. Nutrition4. ExerciseWhat’s that? Not the order you expected? I’m not surprised. We live in a culture that’s all about the doing. Work harder? Work smarter? It doesn’t really matter as long as you’re working. So when we approach our health and fitness we approach it from the reverse order. Over the next few weeks I’ll take some time to address each level… Read More »

Of Big Rocks, Little Rocks and Exercise

I’m sure you’ve heard this story before, but in case you haven’t I’ll sum it up quickly. A professor walks into his senior level philosophy class the last day of school spring semester. He carries with him a giant, empty pickle jar and puts it on his desk. From under the desk he produces a box of large rocks and begins putting them into the jar. He manages three or four of them before he gets to the top of the jar, then he turns to the class. “Is this jar full?” Most of the class replies in the affirmative.… Read More »