Working In

Hi All,

I hope this finds you well!

I have been doing some writing on specific topics but found this one essential.

Are you balancing your seesaw is the primary question??

What do I mean by this? On one end of your seesaw you have whats called working out, meaning using energy or yang. On the other side of that spectrum you have whats called working in, building energy or yin. When this seesaw is in balance, its whats called homeostasis. (All functions of our body are in working order, happy & healthy)

What are some things that are classified as work out & work in?

Working out is huge in our current society, and I don’t just mean exercise. Stress is on the workout side and is one of the biggest reasons our bodies don’t have this balance we’re after (homeostasis). We are constantly in a fight or flight state in our busy lives. But we must ask ourselves, ‘Am I really being chased by a lion and is this stress necessary in the grand scheme of things’? Most likely not!

What you eat either gives you energy, or requires your energy to break it down. If you are eating healthy nutritious food from an organic source (that is right for your metabolic type) you are ‘working in’ by giving yourself more energy from that source of food.

On the other hand if you are not eating nutritious food i.e something processed or packed with chemicals, your body actually needs to heat up (use energy) to eliminate that foreign chemical. Leaving you in whats called an energy deficit. Picture a fuel tank that is half full; eating something processed requires the body to use energy to break it down. In many cases the energy required to break down this food is actually more energy than the food contains. Your fuel tank now has LESS fuel in it than before. As our bodies are engines, we need to fill them with premium food to ensure optimum function. Good food = working in.
So what’s the easiest way to implement more work in? Sleep. It’s the cheapest and most simple form of working in. Your sleep enables your body to drop into whats called a para-sympathetic state. In a para-sympathetic state your body is digesting, promoting immune function and repairing and growing every cell in the body. During this time repairs take place not only physically but psychologically.

This graph from Paul Chek’s book ‘How to eat, move and be healthy!’ Shows physical repair & psychological repair having different stages in our sleep cycle. Physical repair happens from 10pm-2am & psychological repair occurs from 2am-Sunrise. If you are training hard or you’re in a psychologically demanding job, these specific hours of sleep are crucial. Screen-Shot-2014-11-23-at-7.52.28-PM
I have been down the road of constant Yang. It lead me to adrenal and chronic fatigue as well as six months of lying in bed. Now, every single day I spend time on my Yin and I am happier, healthier, more energetic and fulfilled than ever before.

Practice your balance, its the key to your health & longevity!


TMC: The Big Picture

This is the first blog post for TMC. I want anyone reading this to get to know the man behind the keyboard a little better through this first post. Why I started my business, what my core values are, what I dream to do & the direction I wish to move in enhancing peoples knowledge, health & happiness. The big picture.

At the start it was all about sport, competitiveness, winning & training as hard as my body ( & mind ) would let me. I gained experience in what it was like as a professional athlete, devoting everything I had to a sport, but personally giving little regard to my body. Going through an injury process many times over & being frustrated with myself. It all started to drift away from a core value of mine that was deep seeded; health.

A key turning point for me a few years back was when I was competing in a World Cup Race in Sumatra, Indonesia. With preparation at its finest & training the best I had been before. I went into the race with confidence.

During the swim leg of the race I was leading toward the transition area, exiting the first stage in first place. Whilst taking off my goggles & making quick pace towards my bike, I missed a step just out of the water, landing on the lateral side of my left foot. Adrenaline was high & I continued onto the bike knowing something was not right, but ignoring the body to push on.

Come to the end of the bike leg with a small group in the lead I had no idea what to expect from the foot of mine that, by this stage, was completely inflamed, but feeling alright. That first step was a different story, having to stop the race & doing further damage to what turned out to be my 4th & 5th metatarsals completely snapping during those first few steps out of the water.

Making the trip home to the couch, where I would be spending the majority of my time for the next few weeks, I was obviously bummed. Asking myself the question, ‘Why me?’ ‘Why now?’

It was hard at that point in time, and it hasn’t been until now that I can confidently answer that question. It took a broken foot for me to wake up & ‘listen to my body’.

The study began, I wanted to know my body, know where injuries came from, what I was lacking in food & hydration, how my thoughts affected my health. I had this need to understand Holistic Health better!

I contacted a long time friend & guru, Jan ‘Kiki’ Carton. The timing was right & I started my first trainee ship with Jan under CHEK Australia. I was in my element, learning about muscle imbalances, poor posture & its link to injury, food & its link to sickness as well as our mind & the choices we make.

What I found most important, is that the body works as a whole. Addressing problem areas from an isolated point of view doesn’t get to the core of it.

Thats why today I coach from a holistic point of view using my knowledge & experiences to help others become happy & healthy.

If I can help others better understand their own bodies & give them the tools they need to increase strength, get out of pain, swim faster, surf stronger, be happier, run longer than ever before – well, then I too am living my core value.

The more I learn the more inspired I am, so continue to check this space as I walk my talk ;)

Thanks for reading & welcome to Taylor Made Coaching.

– Taylor Cecil