Wednesday, October 11, 2017
Daily Thought 2017

The Mind and Body are One for Maximum Performance
The primary markers of physical capacity are strength, endurance, flexibility, and resilience. These are the same markers of capacity regarding emotional, mental and spiritual capacity. Flexibility at the physical level for example, means that the muscle has a broad range of motion. Stretching increases flexibility.
This is true emotionally. Emotional flexibility reflects the capacity to move freely and appropriately along a wide spectrum of emotions rather than responding rigidly or defensively.

  • Emotional resilience is the ability to bounce back from experiences of disappointment, frustration and even loss.
  • Mental endurance is a measure of the ability to sustain focus and concentration over time, while mental flexibility is marked by the capacity to move between the rational and the intuitive and to embrace multiple points of view.
  • Spiritual strength is reflected in the commitment to one’s deepest values, regardless of circumstance and even when adhering to them involves personal sacrifice. Spiritual flexibility, by contrast, reflects the tolerance for values and beliefs that are different than one’s own, so long as those values and beliefs don’t bring harm to others.

 In short, to be fully engaged requires strength, endurance, flexibility and resilience in all dimensions.
Full Engagement Principle
To build capacity, we must push beyond our normal limits, training in the same systematic way that elite athletes do.
Download The Power of Full Engagement Summary by Dr. Jim Loehr

“We build emotional, mental and spiritual capacity in the same way that we build physical capacity.” Dr. Jim Loehr

Polar Smart Coaching Training Tip: The Necessity of Monitoring Your Heart Rate
You can benefit by using a heart rate monitor during exercise to observe how your body is performing. By knowing your predicted maximum heart rate (HR), and the right HR zones in which to train, a heart rate monitor can take the guesswork out of exercise. Training at the appropriate intensity during exercise will determine your results, athletes know exactly what heart rate to be at during training to elicit the right training results according to their goals. You need to know how your body is performing during exercise so you can get the results that are appropriate for you. A heart rate monitor is a tool that allows you to observe your heart during exercise and evaluate your progress after you have completed. This is the accountability aspect of your training that will keep you focused on your goals and give you the feedback you need to make the necessary adjustments in your plan to keep making progress. A heart rate monitor consists of a strap with a transmitter that you wear around your chest, and watch (receiver) that displays your heart rate and other information during exercise. Turn it on to record your workout information, and once you have completed your workout it will display average heart rate, calories burned, max heart rate, and total time of exercise. Some models display more like speed and distance as well. Consider purchasing a HR monitor it could be the difference between another attempt at getting back in shape and finally making happen.
Read More…HR Training Guide

Nutrition Tip: Performance Nutrition Plan
Do you have a plan to handle the nutrition requirements of a performance driven training plan?
A performance nutrition plan is the practice of getting all of the nutrients your body needs to perform your best during training sessions or events, and promote effective recovery after.
Your plan should include these elements:
Meal Replacement Shakes
Energy System Support
Recovery/During Training Hydration Drink
Base Vitamins
Snack Energy Bridge
Review my…Performance Nutrition Plan

“Each success only buys an admission ticket to a more difficult problem.” Henry Kissinger

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