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It’s no secret; Americans are spread pretty thin, close to the breaking point. Simply note a friend discussing their high levels of fatigue, endless errands, and general lack of time. Also, look in the mirror! You’re also guilty of the same dialogue, even if it’s internal. Imagine adding hours upon hours of endurance training for your next Full Ironman race. Most people view what athletes do with a perplexed look on their face. Paying hundreds of dollars to race, train and thrive in a life full of limitless physical and mental breakthroughs is not for the faint of heart, the unorganized or the un-motivated type. Plain and simple, being an endurance athlete is addicting, demanding and most definitely a way of life. If one isn’t careful, it can also destroy the body."
"Stress, inflammation and chronic fatigue can ruin a body, even when eating well."
Being a coach, I’m privileged to work with a broad spectrum of abilities and mindsets. True, most endurance athletes are successful in their own right, looking for a new challenge beyond the monotonous tasks of daily life. The stellar athletes I work with are all about adventure, self-exploration and are very health conscious. I’ll also admit that on the extreme end of the spectrum, for people like me who want to be a world champion within triathlon, it’s often a healthy/unhealthy battle stressing my body beyond its design.
The point of today’s article is to help outline why, as endurance athletes, we’re so tired, stretched and often battered. We spend too much time in a state of survival, expecting our body to always be ready while providing minimal respect to our internal processes. Stress, inflammation and chronic fatigue can ruin a body, even when eating well. Under duress, our bodies desire to sustain nominal levels of cortisol, testosterone, estrogen and other vital hormones can be easily disrupted. Personally, I noticed that I was actually gaining weight during endurance training. In short, my body was out of whack! After finally coming to my senses, I struck out in efforts to find an expert. I wanted a holistic, bio-identical approach…hence my relationship with Dr. Minkoff.
"The greatest tool I strive for as a coach and professional athlete is knowledge."
After executing some very important testing, providing an open window into my list of deficiencies, we began a myriad of treatments. I had ignored the obvious signs for too long and it was time for some scientific analysis. Pushing myself so hard on a regular basis had left much of my body’s vital processes strained. This meant I had to really hit some supplementation and most importantly, rest. I can say within the first week of taking Perfect Amino and BodyHealth Complete + Detox, I felt stronger on all aspects of training. Mental focus and energy also came soaring back with a fish oil and vitamin D supplements. How can we expect top-notch results when we walk around with a dedicated mind and depleted body? It’s a bit farfetched to expect that equation to yield a new personal best.
Getting the right knowledge and direction from testing and building a relationship with Dr. Minkoff has brought me back to the best version of myself. I’m not only healthy but I’m much smarter. The logical answer for anyone who is continually feeling “off”, losing sleep or lives in a constant state of turmoil should get some testing accomplished. The greatest tool I strive for as a coach and professional athlete is knowledge. I can’t expect to be the best without always knowing myself inside and out. If I’m willing to spend time and money on races and high quality food, why wouldn’t I invest in the most important part of the equation, my body?
All the best,
So-called “energy drinks” litter the shelves in health food stores and grocery stores. Each brand promises to deliver the energy boost you need for workouts or just to make it through the day.
The sad truth is that most commercial drinks and drink powders come with a steep price to your health.
Most of the popular brands contain stimulants such as caffeine and high levels of sugar. They make you feel jittery and wired, with a crash that comes soon after.
If you wake up feeling tired and groggy, suffer from an afternoon crash, or simply live with a general feeling of lethargy – you are not alone.
According to statista.com:
Another survey found that 60% of Americans feel more tired over the last 12 months than ever before, especially with the huge socioeconomic shift that has so many people now working from home.
If there is anything society has come to realize over the last century, it is that women are just as powerful, smart, ambitious, and capable as men. And while society as a whole is still catching up as far as true equality, the facts are evident when you look at some of the most incredible and influential people today.
When it comes to fitness, however, men and women are not the same. The natural, physiological differences necessitate unique approaches to achieve optimal results. While the fundamental science behind attaining a shredded, lean physique is basically the same for both sexes, the exact steps and application require careful consideration.