The Performance Life
Long before airlines began charging for checked bags, Mark Verstegen traveled solely with carry-on luggage. The founder of Core Performance was never one of those frequent flyers that wedged a stuffed roller board into the overhead bin. Instead, he discovered years ago that traveling with as little as possible enabled him to be more productive and efficient while on the road—to say nothing of saving time dealing with checked baggage. He keeps relentlessly honing his packing strategy to be even more efficient. Here are four of his top tips to lighten up:
Core Performance nutritionist Amanda Carlson-Phillips clears up confusion surrounding portion sizes using a primitive, yet versatile measuring tool.
Well at Work
People who drive to work gain more weight yearly, even if they exercise, than people who don’t drive to work, according to a study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine [HuffingtonPost.com].
In the News
Mark Verstegen, founder and president of Athletes’ Performance and Core Performance, is a very busy man. Recently, he was joined by photographer Chris Hinkle for the new website DITLO.com, or Day in the Life Of, to visually capture the many things Mark does in a day.
Having a good support system of family and friends can help you reach your weight loss goals, but what about your Twitter followers? A new study found that connecting with others about your weight loss goals on Twitter can aid weight loss [HuffingtonPost.com].
Q: I enjoy running outside year round. When is it too cold to run outside?
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.
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Train an often overlooked area with this mini-workout from Core Performance’s founder.
A new study from the University of Alabama found that the average person is getting less than two minutes of rigorous exercise a day.
Researchers found that working out can help ease stress and increase confidence in dealing with work-life balance issues.
Here's what you need to know about using obstacle races to build teamwork at work.