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EET HIMT Meditation for Sanity, Weight Loss and Fitness

Meditation gets a bad rap. While it’s spiritual cousin, Yoga, gets all the love for being a great way to reduce stress and get fit, meditation just sits in the corner, looking slow, boring and even a bit painful to pose in that contorted position so you can “do it right”.

But, meditation is worth a serious look. It can bring you reduced stress and amazing health benefits. Plus it can even help in your weight loss and fitness efforts.

Your humble author, Mr. EET (Eating and Exercise Training Fitness Plan), has always understood the power of traditional meditation, but simply could not find the time or discipline to make it part of his life. In the exact way conventional dieting’s counting calories and endless exercise were a disaster for me, conventional meditation techniques were not sustainable either.

So, I created EET High Intensity Meditation Training (HIMT) or as I like to call it:

5 Really Good Breaths

Much like high intensity interval training (HIIT), HIMT is designed for maximum benefits in a very short amount of time. An effective HIMT session takes only 1-2 minutes TOTAL and can restore your sanity at those times when you are sure stress is about to destroy you. And what about those weight loss and fitness efforts you ask? We’ll get to those benefits later, but trust me, the sanity benefit alone is a life saver.

And, just like the EET Fitness Plan , HIMT has no set in stone rules, only guidelines, so you simply can’t screw it up, although many of you who live your lives thinking there is only one way to do things right will think you can.

But, not screwing up isn’t the same as becoming good at HIMT. Just like all other learned skills, HIMT takes patience and practice to master. Don’t expect huge benefits the first time out. But don’t rule out instant benefits either. Keep an open mind.

Before you review HIMT’s guidelines, let me add that EET HIMT comes from Mr. EET’s years of studying and practicing failing at a variety of mediation techniques, and is heavily influenced by the teachings of legends like Huston Smith, Alan Watts, Thich Nhat Hahn, Shinru Suzuki, and others. You’ll find a small list of recommended reading at the end for anyone interested in more information.

Here are the guidelines for HIMT so you can do your first “workout” right now if you like. EET hopes you learn and apply HIMT or some form of meditation that fits your lifestyle because it will definitely improve your quality of life. Oh, and those weight loss and fitness benefits? Keep reading!

Objective and Guidelines – EET HIMT

OBJECTIVE OF HIMT:

Break current pattern of behavior to one that is more favorable to sanity, weight loss and fitness.

HIMT Technique Guidelines

1. STOP AND BREATHE

Wherever you are stop all activity (example: pull over if driving!) and breathe in as deeply as possible through your mouth and nose. It doesn’t need to be perfectly quiet and no incense or flowing robes are needed.

2. DON’T GET HUNG UP ON TECHNIQUE

There’s no correct position for your hands, legs, feet or any other body part.  However, decent posture with your back straight will likely make HIMT more effective. You can be standing or seated, you can even be moving, as long as there is no danger of injury (to you or others) ;-)

3. CLOSE YOUR EYES – ALMOST

Before you start to exhale, close your eyes 90% of the way – NOT ALL THE WAY – guide your eyes slightly towards the ground but don’t focus on anything.

4. THOUGHTS – DON’T FIGHT THEM

Typically, thoughts will be racing through your mind. Let them, but don’t focus on them. Picture them as clouds that float across the screen and keep moving farther and farther out of sight and out of mind.

5. EXHALE SLOWLY AND RELAX YOUR BODY

6. Start to exhale slowly and evenly through your nose only. Let your muscles fully relax while you exhale as well. Consciously relax your shoulders and neck especially. (a little breathing out of your mouth is fine – REMEMBER GUIDELINES NOT RULES!!!!)

7. FOCUS ON SMOOTH, EASY EXHALE

While you are exhaling, your efforts should be to calmly focus on a smooth, relaxing exhale pace, and trying not to see anything specific with your 90% closed eyes. (keeping them slightly open greatly reduces your mind’s ability to create images that could easily dominate your thoughts).

8. EXHALE – JUST A LITTLE BIT MORE….

When you start to feel the urge to inhale again, EXHALE MORE by using the muscles in the lowest part of your abdomen to push out the air in the lowest parts of your lungs. Keep gently but firmly pushing for as long as possible – but
Never to the point of straining. You’ll exhale longer as you improve at HIMT.

9. Repeat guidelines 1 – 8 5 times.

That’s it.

Want to do more than 1 HIMT session a day? Go for it. Want to do more than 5 breaths in a session? Go for it. Want to do less? That’s allowed in HIMT too. Want the benefits of HIMT with NO good breaths? Mr. EET says you can get there after 30 years of practice of 5 good breaths or more, but that’s another story for another article.

Stress Relief For Sure, But What About those Weight Loss and Fitness Benefits?

Weight Loss benefits of HIMT

  • Allows you to reduce stress related eating as you will be less stressed!
  • Helps reduce cortisol levels which makes fat storage less likely.
  • Can do HIMT before eating something that’s not correct for your plan
  • Can do HIMT after eating something that’s not correct for your plan so you’ll stop!
  • HIMT interrupts feelings of guilt about weight loss efforts and lets you regroup.

Fitness Benefits of HIMT

  • Excellent activity for strengthening lower stomach muscles as you work on longer exhales.
  • Reduces risk of injury as you relax your muscles at least once each day
  • Can use HIMT before exercise session so you can focus better and improve quality.
  • Great for sports or other pressure situations where you need to relax (golf and distance running are two good examples). Helps you find your “zone” where you can just perform without thinking.
  • HIMT right before bed can greatly improve quality of sleep which is good for everything.
  • HIMT is great for circulation, blood pressure and general health

Recommended Reading:

Copyright 2010 EET Fitness, Inc. Reproduction without written permission from EET Fitness is strictly prohibited. All rights reserved.

Jon Pearlstone, aka Mr. EET, is an International Fitness Consultant, Certified Personal Trainer and the Founder of the Eating and Exercise Timing (EET) Fitness Plan. EET is a diet and exercise plan that focuses on improving your metabolism through proper Eating, Activity and Exercise TIMING to match your body's natural metabolic cycle. EET allows you to eat without food restrictions or calorie counting, and to exercise less than 30 minutes per session, while achieving significant weight loss and improved fitness. The goal of EET is to end yo-yo dieting and short term exercise success by focusing on helping you build a sustainable plan for your lifestyle. This creates PERMANENT weight loss and fitness for people rather than the short term hype of "hot" plans like P90x or The Insanity Workout. Any questions can be sent to [email protected]

7 Comments

  1. Edward Platz

    June 11, 2011 at 7:16 am

    Meditation is the key to fitness success.It promotes forward-looking energy and thinking. Learn to relax and meditate over your ideas in order to make positive decisions.

  2. Richard Harrison

    December 4, 2010 at 1:49 pm

    Jon,

    Something we can definitely agree on! I have been following a meditation program steadily now and even give it precedence on my calendar each over my workout, although fortunately I rarely run into conflicts.I’m aways looking for diversity so i will try your approach over the holidays. Thanks!

  3. dieting

    October 28, 2010 at 7:33 am

    I always practice the concept of losing the weight slowly. I have done crash plans in the past and Always end up gaining it back.

  4. Jarret Morrow

    October 16, 2010 at 6:28 pm

    I started meditating two years ago and it’s a great way to relive stress.

  5. Diet Reviews

    October 15, 2010 at 12:55 am

    Breathing is a great stimulator of metabolism. Its real burning of fats with excessive oxygen. Nice tips.

  6. Douglas Robb

    October 14, 2010 at 9:59 am

    Dr Andrew Weil also speaks highly of the many health benefits of breathing meditations

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e_HMt8eRiNQ

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