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Lisa Tamati – Oxygen Therapy, Extreme Racing, Pushing Your Limits & Staying Healthy (#63)

Life lessons from an ultra-endurance athlete

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Lisa Tamati - Oxygen Therapy, Extreme Racing, Pushing Your Limits & Staying Healthy (#63) | The Black Country Buddhas Podcast | My Home Vitality

Introduction to guest:

Lisa Tamati is most well-known for being an ultra-endurance athlete who has competed in the world’s most extreme running events, racing everywhere from the Sahara, to the Gobi, Death Valley, Himalayas, the Outback and Europe.

She has also had to overcome many obstacles in her personal life: bringing her mum back from the brink of death, losing two babies and fighting New Zealand’s medical system after her father failed to receive the treatment he needed.

She now lives to teach, coach and inspire people to reach their true potential by pushing the barriers of their own perceived mental and physical capabilities. And she is very knowledgeable when it comes to general health and wellness, which we dig into during the show.

We discuss the specifics of all of the things above, so if you’re interested in extreme racing, improving your mindset, overcoming massive obstacles and general health, you are going to love this podcast.

Just a selection of the topics we discuss are:

  • The use of hyperbaric chambers to increase oxygen levels in the body.
  • The five pillars of Lisa’s training.
  • Lisa’s rest and recovery process.
  • How she overcomes mental difficulties.
  • And loads of tips for improving your overall health.

So enjoy the show and don’t forget to subscribe for more…

Key quotes and takeaways from the show:

“When love is the motivating factor, you will do anything!”

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy – breathing oxygen (sometimes pure) in a pressurised environment. The pressure compresses oxygen molecules, allowing more to be carried by the blood and making it easier to reach vital organs, like the brain. You can effectively gather much more oxygen than would be possible at normal air pressure.

There will be times in your personal growth where you have massive plateaus. This is a rule of life. “You have to go through weeks, or months sometimes, of no progress and keep going and grinding through that stage because it’s likely that there’s another big jump coming if you can hang on for long enough”.

The real value in taking on massive challenges, is not the challenge itself, it’s everything that comes with it: training, discipline, preparation, facing fears, overcoming obstacles, challenges, camaraderie, teamwork, how to market yourself, sponsorship, etc.

Ultra-marathon distance racing: anything over 50km.

“Take a teaspoon of concrete and harden up.”

24-hour racing: if you can run 185km in 24 hours you can represent your country.

“I never gave up that dream. It took me until I was 42 [years old].”

The Five Pillars Approach: Watch video from 28:25 onwards.

Nutrition is all about finding out what works for YOUR body!

Epigenetics – Personalising tasks, nutrition, exercise, etc. depending on your genetics.

Blue light included in electronic devices inhibits the production of melatonin (the sleep hormone).

Body temperature change is important for a good night’s sleep.

We used to be biphasic sleepers!

Tips for getting a good night’s sleep: How To Get A Good Night’s Sleep.

Are you an owl or a lark?

“Sometimes you have to have faith in something, even if you don’t know how it all works.”

Question of the day:

“How does a hyperbaric chamber work?”

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Related episode:

If you’re interested about pushing the boundaries of human performance, you will love the podcast we recorded with Dean Stott, an ex-UK Special Forces Soldier who gained two world records cycling The Pan American Highway (14,000 miles from Argentina to Alaska).

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Show notes:

  • 00:00 – Overall show introduction.
  • 00:44 – Finding your purpose and getting things done in life –
  • 02:45 – Introduction to today’s show.
  • 04:25 – The biggest challenge that Lisa has ever overcome.
  • 07:45 – Dealing with a lack of oxygen (altitude sickness and sleep apnoea).
  • 14:49 – A lesson about life and personal growth.
  • 17:01 – How a hyperbaric chamber works and the benefits.
  • 20:43 – The difference between breathwork and hyperbaric oxygen therapy.
  • 21:37 – Lisa’s lessons from extreme ultra-endurance racing.
  • 28:25 – Lisa’s training and recovery methodology – The Five Pillars Approach.
  • 35:35 – How Lisa’s company gathers medical data for health advice.
  • 37:50 – The importance of specialised health information.
  • 40:00 – How Lisa rests and recovers, including advice on work and breathing.
  • 41:59 – Lisa’s sleep routine and tips for better sleep.
  • 47:31 – Lisa’s fight against New Zealand’s medical system for intravenous vitamin C treatment of sepsis.
  • 55:17 – How Lisa finds meaning in tough times.
  • 56:08 – Lisa’s views on philosophy, religion, spirituality and faith.
  • 58:28 – Where to find more from Lisa.
  • 01:00:27 – Where to find more, next week’s guest and
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