The Performance Life
This past week, I was forced to make one of the toughest decisions in my life. Because I felt like I was compromising my academic success by playing soccer, which had turned from a stress release to a stress factor over the past weeks, I met with my coach to inform him I would not be playing for the rest of this season. The move, surprisingly and to my happiness, was met with understanding from my teammates and many people I have talked to since my decision.
So what’s next? Physical activity will still be a way for me to clear out my head, as evidenced by the 30-minute run I went on this morning.
The Performance Life
The U.S. government has just announced new physical activity guidelines for Americans. If you’re a glutton for reading long federal documents, check out the plan. Otherwise, save yourself the pain—we’ve unscrambled the key facts for you: The government wants you to move more every day.
That’s outstanding advice, but here’s the issue: Beyond the idea to get active, this new recommendation provides very little information for you to actually act on. So to help make sense of the senseless, we called in a third party—Athletes’ Performance founder Mark Verstegen.
With Verstegen’s help, we’ve decoded five crazy federal mandates contained in the government’s new guidelines and laid out a rescue plan for overweight America.
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?
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.
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