My buddy, Robb, asked me what was the fastest way to get fit to compete in an unanticipated event that just came up. "Hmmm," I thought. I know what he was thinking. He wants to do a few months of work in a week to catch up and be ready. This is recipe for disaster if there ever was one.
I’ve seen it a million times. Sure, people can get away with a few days or maybe a week of extra push, but, they’re still going to have to pay that debt back at some point. There’s no way the can outrun the overload. It’s got to be paid back before the effects of the debt manifest.
Common signs of debt included poor sleep, irritability, increased hunger, dehydration, low-grade increase in body temperature, night sweats, and inability to relax. These symptoms are signs of a body under acute stress. The person may still have a lot of energy and feel great but the effects of the stress haven’t caught up with them yet.
So, it’s common to neglect the signs. And, predictably when they catch up the body crashes. At the first signs of these symptoms immediately discontinue activity and put all attention on calming the body down so it can discharge the stress and get back to baseline. Here as some key things to do to facilitate that:
When the body shows signs of exertional stress that doesn’t abate within a few hours after training or competing, a period of imposed rest is required.
By following a few key protocols the body can be restored back to its biologic baseline easily.
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If you search for “energy supplement” on amazon, you get over 4,000 results.
How can any reasonable human sift through all that and find the ones that work? Or which ones are bogus?
I did a deep dive into the truth about “increasing your energy” in another article. It gives you a framework for understanding how real energy supplements work and why.
But here I want to do something different.
I want to get practical and tactical with 10 proven ways to boost energy production in your cellular energy factories –– your mitochondria.
We’ll start with the lifestyle and dietary ways to boost your mitochondria and then look at a few powerful supplements.
Let’s start with the cheapest...
Your average health food store has an entire section devoted to “energy.”
The products on the shelf, with their fancy logos and specially designed packaging, make grandiose claims about what they will do for your “energy levels.”
But the truth?
Most of them are stimulants in disguise, artificially jacking you up to give you the sensation of energy.
But in the end, they do more harm than good. They increase cortisol, cause dehydration, and deplete you.
Because almost none of them do anything on the biological level that supports your real energy system: your mitochondria and metabolism.
That’s why in this article I want to show you what to look for with any new supplement.... and why.
It’s the “most wonderful time of the year” according to Andy Williams. Or should it be the most wonderFULL time of the year? I’m referring to the last 6 weeks of the year which is fraught with one nutritional landmine after another.
Let’s face it, things like pumpkin pie, stovetop stuffing, eggnog, pumpkin-spiced lattes, peanut brittle, homemade fudge, and divinity only make their appearance during this brief window so we might as well gorge ourselves with as much as we can, right?
No wonder the average American gains 2 to 5 pounds (or more) over the holidays. You’d think we were part bear by eating all…the…things before going into several months of hibernation. Unfortunately, this is a major reason people gradually gain weight over the course of years and decades. Gaining weight is easy while losing it is another story.