Body, Mind, and Sport: The Mind-body Guide to Lifelong Health, Fitness, and Your Personal Best Paperback – 1 Jan 1920
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Until recently, the effortless "Zone" of peak performance was only within the reach of serious athletes. Now, with Body, Mind, and Sport, anyone can reach the Zone, regardless of fitness level.
Designed to accommodate a variety of individual fitness needs, the Body, Mind, and Sport program is split into two levels. Level 1 is for non-athletes who want to improve overall fitness; Level 2 is for those who want to train for competitive or recreational purposes. Your own unique mind-body type is taken into account to guide you in achieving your personal best without stress or strain. In this revised and updated edition of Body, Mind, and Sport, fitness expert and trainer John Douillard outlines a program in which your individual seasonal constitution-Winter, Spring, or Summer-determines what exercises or sports are best suited to your mind-body type and what foods you should eat for optimum results.
Using the Body, Mind, and Sport approach you can decrease heart and breath rates while improving both fitness and performance. Dozens of world-class athletes, including Martina Navratilova and Billie Jean King, have used John Douillard's expert breathing techniques, dietary recommendations, and seasonally balanced workouts. Now you can, too!
About the Author
John Douillard, author of The 3-Season Diet (Three Rivers Press), is a former professional athlete. He currently works as a consultant to the New Jersey Nets and cohosts a top-rated radio talk show in Colorado called "Health Time." He lives in Boulder, Colorado, with his wife and five children, where he practices Ayurvedic and chiropractic sports medicine.
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A great read!!!
So this book is not only for sports people but everyone.
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1) A stress and recovery model of fitness training is likely to lead to burnout or injury. It's better to exercise at a lower heart rate (50% of max) and utilize slow, steady nasal breathing in order to maximize performance while putting a minimum amount of strain on the body.
2) One should use ayurvedic techniques to identify optimal diet, sleeping patters, and season activity for your given body type and disposition. Failure to do so can result in athletic frustration, stress, sickness, and fatigue.
I thought the central themes of the book were interesting; certainly worth a experimenting with for anyone currently suffering under their current exercise regimen. I like the idea of listening to your body and optimizing its performance based on how it's designed to operate. Douillard spends a good chunk of the book advocating for a school phys-ed program that identifies individual strengths and nurtures them rather than leaving kids feeling frustrated or embarrassed if they don't excel at rope climbing or mile running. Sensible, but probably tangential to why most are reading the book.
My primary complaint is that almost all claims are backed up only with individual anecdotes or references to ayurvedic medicine. I'm all for studying the wisdom of the ancients, but I believe extraordinary claims need solid (if not extraordinary) evidence. Some claims are easier to rationalize than others. For instance Douillard argues that ideally, we'd fall asleep just after sunset and wake up at sunrise in sympathy with our circadian rhythm. Fine, I can get on board with that. But other claims raise an eyebrow. For instance (with respect to food), "In the same way as salt melts snow or ice on the road, it also heats up the body, increasing Pitta" or "If the sour taste is taken in excess, particularly by the Pitta type, enjoyment of competition can be soured". A lot of it starts sounding like astrology and it's frustrating to be asked to accept "facts" on pure faith. There are also constant references to mysterious authorities. For example, "It is said that the only time of day in which human beings can properly digest a large meal...is between 10am and 2pm" and "Doctors blame the excessive hormone dependency, the high rate of hysterectomies, and the majority of menstrual complaints on our society's failure to understand the benefits of rest during the menstrual period". In the latter quote, he's probably referring to ayurvedic "doctors" visiting the west, but it's left open ended.
There are a lot of interesting ideas this book and I think it's worth a read as an alternative to the manic, high intensity movement that's become so popular (e.g. P90X, Crossfit, marathons, triathlons and tough mudders), but I think it would have benefited from more focus on the core ideas and an editing of some of the more dubious fluff.
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