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How long have you been training for an upcoming race? How long have you been lifting weights looking for that massive increase in your bench press? Or squat? Weeks? Months?
I'm sorry if this comes as a disappointment, but your break through does not arrive like a package from Amazon. "Your break through is now here and tomorrow you will begin running 6 min. miles for 10 miles"...um, sorry, it doesn't work like that.
Instead of waiting for your big break through, start tracking your progress - yes, your progress.
Progress is a process. (There is probably a motivational poster with this on it somewhere out there...) Progress towards your goals comes through discipline, following your training plan, resting when you're supposed to rest, and cranking up the effort level when required.
Progress is running 8:30/mile for 10 miles in early July and then running the same distance at 8:15/mile a month later. That's progress.
Progress is not bonking at Mile 5 of a 7 mile tempo run, when you consistently bonked at Mile 5 the last two weeks.
Progress is shaving 3 sec. off of your 400m intervals over a 3-week period.
Progress is adding 4 reps to your max effort 225# bench in two months. As you continue to train and rest - this may become 6 reps in 3 months and 7 in 5.
Your progress towards your training goals is similar to a blue-chip S&P 500 stock. It doesn't make powerful 8-10% moves in a single day, it makes slow, incremental gains everyday. Some days it even goes down (you get sick, didn't get enough sleep, worked too many hours), but it ultimately grows. Then, 3 months later, you review your stock's performance and realize, "wow, it's up 10% in the last 3 months - that's pretty good."
Each training session in an investment towards your goal. Treat it that way; as a small deposit on the way to bigger gains down the line. Not only do these "deposits" build short and medium term fitness, but they also provide the foundation for additional gains the next time you begin a training plan.
Train hard AND smart.
Talk to you next month.
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..?