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.
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.