This week's video is quite special as I got to interview Patrick McKeown, the author of The Oxygen Advantage, and creator of the Oxygen Advantage Program. The book, The Oxygen Advantage, has been one of the most profound books I have read in the last couple of years during my time at UBC Medical School, because it altered my paradigms about how I view the cardiorespiratory systems and elite endurance performance.
After reading this book I was so enthralled with the book and the results I was experiencing that I decided that my next instalment (see video below) in my book review series would be about The Oxygen Advantage. Despite the fact that I could have done a better job of being focused and being more concise and not as verbose it is my most popular video on my YouTube channel, which speaks to how compelling Patrick McKeown's work is, and how people are starving for actionable scientifically informed actions to improve their health and well being.
As I talked about in a previous blog post (Read More: Wednesday Wisdom My Experience is what I agree I attend too) what I call the "action gap" is all too real. Even though I had excellent results with The Oxygen Advantage and it kickstarted changes in my dietary and movement habits, that allowed me to lose over 20lbs and lose 7 inches off my waist (which I gained in what I am calling the "First Year Medical School 20" ?), I had let these practices fall by the wayside as I was solely relying on willpower and not making these profound practices into habits.
So I am certain that you are quite intrigued about the power of the The Oxygen Advantage program, but how can you implement it into your daily routine? I am going to share with you the strategies I have been using recently, but please feel free to pick and choose what works best for you and individualize it as need be. Further, as always please leave any questions you may have either in the comments below or below my video. If there is enough interest and comments, I can get Patrick McKeown back on the channel for round 2.
So the strategies I am using to help incorporate the The Oxygen Advantage program into my daily routine so it becomes automatic are:
1. I tape my mouth shut EVERY NIGHT before bed. You can read my previous blog post (Read More: Fitness Friday How to Improve Your Sleep..) to learn why I do this, but I always make sure I do this before I read fiction before bed. Recently I have been obsessed with the Cherub series and I am going through it like wild fire even if I am exhausted. So tying this new routine with something I already do every night ensures that I will stick through with it.
2. Trying to be as mindful as I can be is something I do my best to focus on, although like everyone I get lost in my thoughts, and overreact to situations. That is okay, the key is to have the intention and do your best to catch yourself when your focus drifts from the now. When I do so, I not only focus on my breath but remind myself to make sure I am breathing through my nose.
3. Lastly, I incorporate the breath holds and nose breathing into my workout routine. It has a double benefit because it helps me stay present during my workouts, and helps improve my physical performance at a more rapid pace. (For example this morning I was fasting and crushed a 14km bike ride without having to breathe through my mouth once. If you need to breathe through your mouth you are pushing yourself too hard to quickly. Gradual progression is the key to fitness success).
Remember, knowledge is only potential power, please take some action based on the excellent knowledge that Patrick McKeown shared in this interview about The Oxygen Advantage.
1. Noses are for breathing. Mouths are for eating. Make sure you are breath through your nose!
2. Sustainable long lasting change requires that you make actions into habits, relying solely on willpower is a loser's strategy in the long-term.
If you can’t sustain it, it’s not worth it.
I am a medical student who is obsessed with the Be Activated Muscle Activation Technique, mastering movement and understanding what makes humans thrive.