IDEAL: Few things are more spectacular to see than someone performing at their best. And, it can be anything, not just sports.
I was watching a New York City window washer cleaning a window suspended outside the building on a movable platform he was secured so that would prevent him falling dozens of floors if the platform failed.
What was most impressive was the way he used his squeegee. In one single pass he could perfectly clean a window from top to bottom making gentle swipes side to side keeping the water mixed with the cleaner moving across the glass pane so at the bottom of the pane with one swipe of a towel the water was removed and the beautifully cleaned glass remained behind. It was the equivalent of watching talented artist painting an extraordinary painting without making a mistake.
It seemed the speed of how fast the squeegee moved across the glass was the key to the one-pass flawless cleaning.
He wasn’t racing to get the cleaning done in least time but intentionally maintaining a brisk pace that carried the water to the bottom of the glass before it dried on the pane but not so fast the water failed to loosen the dirt and grit on the glass.
The pace of his partner’s squeegee on his right seemed too fast as the water at the bottom flowed over the panes edge.
And, conversely, his partner on his left squeegee pace seemed too slow as the water seemed to dry on the glass leaving water marks and it didn’t glide on the glass like his squeegee did.
That speed sweet spot looked to be about 90% full speed.
I watched him do this again on another glass pane.
Same as before – smooth, controlled, brisk pace with clean swipe at the bottom to remove the dirty water.
Another observation was that he seemed in flow and enjoying himself while his too fast partner seemed stressed to the hilt to finish and his too slow partner seemed frustrated at the water spots and lack of progress.
To perform well at anything requires ideal pacing. If we’re too fast or slow getting to the finish line both end in less than optimal performance and disappointment.
The importance of having a well-functioning and healthy immune system has become increasingly obvious in recent times.
Sadly, everyone seems to have a different answer as to how you should go about strengthening your immune system. When you go to your local health and wellness shop, you might see twenty or thirty products that tout their “immune boosting” powers. An Amazon search reveals thousands of results.
Well, we’re here to tell you about an effective and ancient remedy that has been in use for over two thousand years: the red reishi mushroom.
We’ve all heard about all the negative effects of stress and the modern lifestyle.
We’re all rushing around, overworked, in a constant state of fight-or-flight and it has disastrous effects on our health.
But what if “stress” wasn’t the real problem?
What if our bodies knew exactly how to cope with the intensity of modern life… if we just gave the body what it needed to thrive?
And the key may be one little mineral.
I hope this finds you healthy and able to still get outside (or inside) for a daily run during this trying time of dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic.
Many of us are grieving several losses including race cancellations. Though it's a bummer, I want you to know that your hard-earned training is far from wasted.
Those miles are in your legs and all kinds of wonderful benefits have occurred including the addition of mitochondria, adding new capillary beds for increased blood flow, and strengthening the heart muscle for future training.
As athletes, it's important for us to be proactive in maintaining a strong immune system. We're not only doing this for our own prevention but also our loved ones that we spend time with.
Read on for 5 tips to consider as you seek to stay healthy.