Making it through the first 30 days of your resolution can help you reach long-term success, according to a new survey from global research firm Kelton for self-discipline expert Rory Vaden. [KnoxvilleDailySun.com].
The Performance Life
The best thing about having the good fortune of co-authoring Core Performance books with Core Performance founder Mark Verstegen is having access to experts in human performance and cutting-edge research. (It’s the same information provided in the books and on this site, but being around it so closely keeps it in the front of my mind.) Last month I had my bodyfat measured with skinfold calipers at Athletes’ Performance in Phoenix for the fourth time since December of 2008.
Body composition is a more accurate barometer of overall fitness than scale weight. Two men or two women roughly the same height, weight, and age can have dramatically different appearances based on body composition. Simply put, body composition is the percentage of body weight composed of fat as opposed to lean mass (usually expressed in terms of a body-far percentage – 12 percent, for example, which is typical for a male team-sport athlete).
Well at Work
Do you know what stresses you out most? There’s a good chance it’s something related to your job, according to a new survey released by Robertson Cooper, a business psychology company. It found that one in three stressful moments occur at work [The Telegraph].
How long did you stick with your resolution this year? If you’re like most people, not long. While resolutions can be tough to keep when life gets busy, research shows that setting small, manageable goals can help you make long-lasting changes. Try one of the 10 small resolutions below to start the New Year right.
Still looking for the perfect gift? We asked our partners to share their favorite products for the holiday season, and we’ve tested each one at our facilities. We also included an experience to train at an Athletes’ Performance facility (we won’t tell if you want to gift that one to yourself). Use the gift guide below to wrap up your holiday shopping for the health-conscious person or the Core Performance fan on your list, and start the new year off right.
In the News
adidas miCoach was recently named the best all-around coaching app by Outside magazine. Developed in collaboration with the Performance Innovation team at Athletes' Performance, which partners with adidas to develop training plans, content, and coaching for miCoach, the app offers plans to help all athletes reach their goals. In addition to running, plans include basketball, football, tennis, soccer, rugby, and a variety of other sports. Athletes' Performance is proud to work with adidas to bring innovative coaching to users.
Choosing a partner who you perceive as being more fit than yourself can help you burn more calories, according to a new study from Kansas State University [HuffingtonPost.com].
Well at Work
Heart attacks carry a heavy health burden, if you’re lucky enough to survive. But what’s often overlooked is the impact a coronary event will have on your work life. New research presented at a recent meeting of the American Heart Association found that for every heart attack suffered by an employee, their employer will face a productivity loss of around 60 missed workdays. Those absences translate to an $8,000 deficit. What’s more, long-term estimates that include ongoing medical visits and complications cause those figures to spike to 397 days and a tally of $52,000 per employee.
As the average weight in America has increased, so has the individual perception of ideal weight, according to a new Gallup report [HuffingtonPost.com].
Barefoot running has been around since man learned to walk. Several of the top champions in track and field have competed barefoot, a list that includes South Africa’s Zola Budd, who dominated women’s middle distance running in the 1980s.
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