Even the best training program in the world doesn't guarantee results, but if you train with purpose and passion, then you're much more likely to succeed.
Have you ever worked and worked on a problem only to be frustrated, drained and solution-less? Common logic would say that you probably didn't focus enough or work hard enough on trying to come up with a solution. But what if this approach was exactly the reason you couldn't solve your problem?
When Albert Einstein discovered the Theory of Relativity, he didn't do it sitting in a dark room under a swinging 100-watt light, drinking pot after pot of coffee after 20 straight hours of grinding pencils to their nub. No doubt he put lots of hard work into solving this perplexing problem, but the truth is that he had his "aha" moment while taking a nap. Crazy, you say! This is more common than you may think.
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Q: I don't seem to have the energy or motivation to exercise. Can you help? — Angela, Kansas City, MO
Q: The calves of both legs cramp if I play more than two hard sets of tennis. I always stretch prior to the match, eat bananas, stay hydrated, and take potassium tablets daily. What do you recommend?
Q: I am the uncle of a 12-year-old girl who was picked to go to Lake Placid to train with the U.S. Olympic Team's junior luge team. Would you have any tips that would help her get ready for this? — Art, Lake Placid, NY
We know stress affects the immune system in a negative way, and many times we hold up during stress only to let down on vacation and get sick. Use the following food strategies to boost your immune system for any trip:
Perfect posture will dramatically decrease your potential for injury in the lower back, knees, ankles, shoulders and elbows. Use these tips to make sure that you're sitting up straight:
Pay attention to the small aches and pains that creep up in your training. Often they are warning signs that some part of your training is not being performed correctly. It may be related to training intensity (over-training), mechanics (compensations), or slight positional faults. Ignoring them can only lead to bigger problems that may significantly impact your training later on.
A long-term goal sets your motivation in place and helps define direction and purpose in your training. But it’s essential to set specific, clear, short-term goals to guide and focus you along the way. Steer clear of ambiguous goals like "I want to lose weight for summer."
Set a specific goal instead, such as, "I want to run a 5K in less than 30 minutes.” Then develop a series of incremental goals that you can celebrate as you improve. At the end of each day, ask yourself, "Did I move closer to my goal today?”
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