On the genesis of training one has to remove substances that would be counter productive. It has been a month since I drank and I am now removing unnessary sugars and sweet products from my diet. Candy will not be removed forever, just the frequency which I consume it.
Thanks to Tim Ferriss’s The 4-hour body and some other physical training books I am starting to feel better. The goal is to be prepared for surf season here. Sadly I am not able to swim 10 laps yet which is the bare minimum with for surfing according to transworld surf magazine 2009.
- Eat plenty of fiber, including brown rice and organically grown fresh fruits and vegetables. Beets, radishes, artichokes, cabbage, broccoli, spirulina, chlorella, and seaweed are excellent detoxifying foods.
- Cleanse and protect the liver by taking herbs such as dandelion root, burdock, and milk thistle, and drinking green tea.
- Take vitamin C, which helps the body produce glutathione, a liver compound that drives away toxins.
- Drink at least two quarts of water a day.
- Breathe deeply to allow oxygen to circulate more completely through your system.
- Transform stress by emphasizing positive emotions.
- Practice hydrotherapy by taking a very hot shower for five minutes, allowing the water to run on your back. Follow with cold water for 30 seconds. Do this three times, and then get into bed for 30 minutes.
- Sweat in a sauna so your body can eliminate waste through perspiration.
- Dry-brush your skin or try detox foot spas/foot baths to remove toxins through your pores. Special brushes are available at natural products stores.
- What’s the most important way to detoxify? “Exercise,” says Bennett. “Yoga or jump-roping are good. One hour every day.” Also try Qigong, a martial arts based exercise system that includes exercises specifically for detoxifying or cleansing, as well as many other exercises with specific health benefits.
Consult your doctor before using any health treatment, including herbal supplements and natural remedies, and tell your doctor if you have a serious medical condition or are taking any medications. The information presented here is for educational purposes only and is in no way intended as substitute for medical counseling.
Surf training and fitness
New school: Jump Squat
Rather than working only your leg endurance (like running does) the jump squat adds power, balance, and most importantly, mirrors the exact position you surf in.
New school: Surfer’s Pop Up
With the Surf’er’s Pop Up you can practice getting to your feet more times than during a typical surf session. This practice will help you nail that transition from your chest to your feet on your next paddle out.
New school: Dumbbell Wood Chop
Squatting, weight shifting and rotating your torso occur in almost every surfing maneuver. The dumbbell wood chop integrates upper body, lower body, and core training in one movement. Exactly what happens while maneuvering your board. In addition, the lower body training is fast and explosive, again much like surfing.
These surfing specific exercises are taken directly from Surf Stronger, The Surfer’s Workout. Available on DVD at fine surf shops nationwide and at www.surfstronger.com.