The 2008 Major League Baseball season has seen its share of breakout performances, from the storybook rise of the Tampa Bay Rays to the remarkable run by the Milwaukee Brewers since acquiring CC Sabathia.
But what’s inspired you the most? Before you cast your vote, recall the rich history of our great American pastime, where the impossible is possible and barriers are meant to be shattered, and then consider the following, maybe the greatest untold story of the year in baseball: Sue Falsone.
Paul Newman, who died this past year, left a lasting legacy as an actor, race car driver, and philanthropist, serving as a role model for performance living in many ways. Consider a few of his life lessons:
He took up auto racing in his 40s, becoming a successful driver and later race team owner, showing the value of taking on new challenges later in life. Such endeavors provide balance to life and often make for a fulfilling retirement. Newman never really retired from acting, but clearly he enjoyed racing as much as his first career. Second acts and retirements are usually more successful and rewarding if the groundwork is laid during your prime. You’ll also perform better in your prime if you have a diversion you’re passionate about.
Your body needs nutrients and fluids to perform in the gym, build muscle, and recover faster from your training session. But what should you eat and drink? How much? And when? Below, our experts have served up some simple strategies to answer these questions and others. So you'll stay on top of your nutrition, and your game.
In a clubhouse full of grizzled vets and cocksure athletes such as slugger David “Big Papi” Ortiz and flamethrower Josh Beckett, it’s Boston Red Sox infielder Dustin Pedroia who shows the most swagger.
The 5-foot-9, 165-pound second baseman belted in 17 home runs this year while becoming just the third Sox player to accumulate both 200 hits and 50 doubles in a single season. He’s in good company, alongside Hall of Famers Wade Boggs (1989) and Tris Speaker (1912). And his performance earned him the American League MVP award.
How often do you choose to take the stairs?
Q: My daughter is intrigued by the dynamic movements I do in my movement prep series and she tries to mimic them, but she's not getting it exactly right. How should I help? — Emily, Kansas City
The Performance Life
Six games into the soccer season and we are still unbeaten and currently ranked #11 in the nation. But here’s my dilemma:
School is taking up more and more time and we have not even had tests yet. So I started doing less foam rolling and less stretching to save time.
I’m certain of one thing—I’ll never be certain about anything again. Remember that we once believed the world was flat and that Nautilus machines were the future of strength training. Well I used to think the following five movements were overrated. Now I know better.
As a professional soccer player and mother of a 3-year-old girl, I know it’s hard to find time to work out and be a full-time mom. My schedule of late:
- Recover from Beijing Olympic Games
- Move family from Los Angeles to New Jersey
- Play in 10-game Achieve Your Gold Tour
- Prepare for season with new Women’s Professional Soccer league
We all have nonstop days, weeks, and months, which makes it easy to skip out on exercise, but here’s how I look at it:
Well at Work
Meal replacement bars and ready-to-drink shakes make handy snacks when you’re in a rush, but try not to rely on them, since natural foods offer valuable nutrients your body needs. By stocking a drawer in your office full of natural foods, you'll snack great throughout the day. The key: By snacking on a combination of carbohydrates, healthy fats, and lean protein every 2 to 3 hours, you’ll spike your metabolism, boost energy, and feel full longer.
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