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I was with my family recently in Boise, Idaho for my daughter’s soccer team competition in the regional national championship soccer tournament.
The competition was 7-days long starting with preliminary games on day one and finishing with the championship game on day seven.
The challenge with these longer tournaments is that when you lose you go home.
So, you have to prepare to stay for the whole length of the tournament as you may be in the championship game on the last day but also must know you may be going home at the end of day one.
That’s tough on the mind as creates a lot of schedule disruption that can adversely affect performance outcomes from a battle-fatigued mind.
The biggest culprit that dulls the mind is a hyper-vigilance attempting to be ready for everything. Trying to cover all the bases on everything only creates a scrambled mind.
Here are a few key strategies to control the variables associated with longer events so you can put in your top performance:
When these simple measures are implemented you’ll have more composure, adapt better to circumstance and, best of all, perform at your best.
My daughter’s team got to the quarterfinals on day 5 and, unfortunately, they lost.
So, we initiated our contingency plan we brought to the tournament, got home that night, and slept like babies because we were ready for pivot when it arose.
You know that the cardiovascular system is responsible for pumping blood and oxygen throughout your system, right? And that the endocrine system manages hormones? And that your nervous system relays messages throughout your body?
Well, underlying all these systems is an astoundingly complex electrical system.
This electrical system is busy sending an almost uncountable number of messages to the muscles, bones, brain, and the cells. The human brain is the home to approximately 100 billion neurons, each firing about 200 times every second.
Sometimes it feels like there are more types and brands of water than drops in the ocean. You go to the grocery store and discover a huge shelf packed with different brands of water that all claim to be health-beneficial. Add in the hundreds of in-house water purifiers, and it can seem like a “sea” of confusing options (cue the pun).
Thankfully, your choice doesn’t have to be that complicated.
What if achieving your next level of high performance didn’t have anything to do with building more muscle?
According to research, your highest level of optimal health and athletic performance may be more about using the resources you already have to their highest capacity…
And it all comes down to a new way of managing your hydration.
But... Can hydration be the key..?