Hey All,

Hope this finds you all well, healthy and happy!!

Well, it looks like our “cool” days are gone!! It sounds kinda funny that the East Coast is having a “heat wave” with 6 days in a row of 90+ degrees … we’re so used to the heat (60-70 days of 100+) that I forget about other states that don’t ever see that kind of heat. Y’all say your prayers for them – that no more folks die ‘cuz of it.

Ok, finally – we are at the end of this series!! The question is … “What the heck is a 15 minute weekend?”

What The Heck Is A 15 Minute Weekend?

You might be thinking that you work your butt off during the week and want a FULL weekend and not some stupid 15 minute weekend, but hold on … this will be a quick break that you can take ANY time of any day of the week. Yeah yeah yeah … now you’re thinking its “meditation” or something like that. Well, it kinda is, but not exactly.

Some of you know the story I quote about one of the medical schools that did a double blind study with three groups that shot basketball free-throws.

Ok, it goes like this. All three groups were tested on day one doing nothing but shooting and recording their free-throw scores. Group one was told to nothing more with free-throws for six weeks. Group two practiced shooting free-throws for 30 minutes a few times each week for the same six weeks. Group three sat quietly and meditated on shooting free-throws a few times each week at the exact same time group two actually practiced their free-throws.

The result …

All groups were tested again and it’s no surprise that group one scored 0% better. Group two scored 24% better than the first test and group three scored 23% better. The take home message is the body doesn’t know the difference between a real or WELL imagined experience. It honestly can’t tell the difference, if the images are real enough and the body actually “experiences” feeling and emotion in the imagined experience. That’s the whole premise of “sports psychology”, to take the athlete to higher levels or to get over training humps by imagining the success of the event in as extreme vivid detail as possible.

Ok, so here’s the way to get you some of that 15 minute weekend. Sit comfortably, close your eyes, take 5-6 deep breaths, picture a favorite place you’ve been to or a place you create, go there – see it – smell it – feel it – taste it. Actually be there in your mind. Feel the sand between your feet and toes. It’s grainy and warm to hot. Feel the sun hitting you in the face and shoulders. Smell the Banana Boat oil or the Coppertone (put your favorite brand in here). Here the surf hitting the beach as well as the birds flying by and hear the low sound of people talking and laughing in the distance.

I picked a beach, but it could obviously be ANYWHERE you choose – heck, make up a place or just be outside under a tree kicking back with your feet up. It’s a great way to reduce stress and release some tension. I promise you, if you’ll be open to the experience and really try to make it as real as you can, it’ll do wonders for you!!

In this really crazy fast world, consider it a blessing to now and then put down your freakin phone and ... STOP – REFLECT – COUNT YOUR BLEESINGS – RECOGNIZE THE SPIRIT INSIDE – TAKE SEVERAL DEEP BREATHS – and relax for 15 minutes.

Stress is part of life – there’s no way to eliminate it. What matters most is how you handle it. The best thing you can do to prevent stress overload and the health consequences that come with it, is to know how to recognize the signs and symptoms … oh yeah … AND EXERCISE!!!  

See you at the gym!!!!!