Wednesday, August 9, 2017
Mental Energy: Appropriate Focus and Realistic Optimism
Physical energy is the fundamental fuel for your emotional competencies, so is it the fuel for mental skills. Nothing interferes more with performance than the inability to concentrate on the task at hand. To perform our best we must be able to sustain concentration over long periods of time even when we don’t feel like it. We also need to access realistic optimism (the notion that we see the world as it really is), but are committed to working positively toward a desired outcome or solution. The key supportive competencies that fuel optimal mental energy include mental preparation, visualization, positive self-talk, effective use of time, and creative thinking. Exercise your mental intelligences to develop the ability to focus and complete your most challenging goals, be sure as you challenge yourself but also leave an opportunity to recover from these challenges.
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“True mental health always involves striking a balance between certainty and ambiguity. At midlife the kinds of certainty and control that often served us well earlier in our lives must now make room for another way of being in the world. We must learn to trust our inner wisdom, a reality that we cannot see, taste, touch, or measure – let alone control. Christiane Northrup, M.D.
Polar Smart Coaching Training Tip: Goal Setting
Enjoy the last few weeks of summer and take the time to reset your health and fitness goals. Refocus your mind on what you want next from your training plan. This is a great time of year to take inventory and complete the 5 fitness tests that will benchmark your current fitness and help in setting your next series of goals. Polar BodyAge assessment is a great place to start, assessing Cardiovascular fitness, Body composition, Flexibility, Muscle strength, and Core Endurance to get a good overall look at your current fitness.
Recommended weekly goals:
- 70,000 steps per week
- 2,500 calories per week
- 5 Hours per week of exercise
- 42 hours (minimum) of sleep per week
After reviewing your results for our last challenge it’s time to look forward to our Finish Strong challenge coming in September to improve on that effort. What other big goals do you have for yourself you can start now to work on?
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Nutrition Tip: In your Sleep
Help your body process carbohydrates by getting a good night’s sleep. A recent study revealed that people with a sleep debt had lower glucose tolerance compared to when they were well rested. Impaired glucose tolerance may increase the risk of carbohydrate metabolism disorders, such as hypoglycemia. Rest your body to protect it from illness and manage your blood sugar levels
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“Real generosity toward the future lies in giving all to the present.” Albert Camus
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