Monday, February 12, 2018
Daily Thought 2018
The What of FLOW
The innovations of extreme sports like BASE jumping, big wave surfing, extreme skiing and many others has been an amazing window into the science of ultimate human performance. As a competitive cyclist, I am always looking for legitimate ways to improve my performance and outdo my competitors. It is what I absolutely love about racing. The results are black and white, you either win or not, no confusion at all. Immediate and definitive feedback on how well you are doing compared to your stated goals, and more importantly how really committed are you to really have it happen like right now. After years of racing I have come to fully understand how the psychological side to human performance is the major factor in consistent improved performance. I have always believed that mental toughness and commitment to the goal was the determining factor for the results I will achieve. FLOW science has validated this approach and has given us a roadmap to creating high performance in sports and everyday life. Understanding that the limiting factors are not physical, but they are the mental limits we place on ourselves. Studying the science of these extreme athletes who either get it right or die if not help us to understand this hyper-vigilant state of focus called FLOW. Knowing this can help us realize how we can break the barriers that prevent us from achieving the big things we aspire to in our lives. What the researchers found was that it was not the physical abilities of these athletes that made them exceptional (although they were world class athletes) it was their ability to think faster and more clearly that made them truly amazing.
To measure these elusive skills they mapped out 3 distinct traits:
Pattern Recognition, Neurochemistry of FLOW, Situational Awareness as the keys to what FLOW State is. Every time we access this state of FLOW we get better at it, and if we practice the skills and process of getting into “The Zone” we can then summon this FLOW state when we need to, on cue. We will explore this phenomenon called FLOW and how we can use this skill to enhance our lives through exceptional human performance by developing our cognitive abilities, mental toughness, and resilience. What would be possible for you without the doubts and distractions that limit your results?
“Creativity is a drug I cannot live without.” Cecil B. DeMille, Actor/Director
Polar Smart Coaching Training Tip: Determining Your Max Heart Rate
Your heart rate has an upper limit, or maximum rate, called HR max. HRmax is not a good predictor of fitness level or performance (it’s mostly genetic), but it is used to quantify levels of intensity (as a % of HRmax).
You can determine maximum heart rate a number of ways:
1. Have your HRmax measured in a laboratory during a stress test.
2. Do a maximal effort and record the highest heart rate (not recommended for untrained individuals). This will give you an accurate maximum heart rate, but is difficult to do properly. Remember that HRmax depends on the activity, so establish your HRmax in the sports you do most often.
3. HR max- score predicts your individual maximum heart rate. This feature is included in several Polar computer models. Exercise and record your HR, observe your HRmax when complete.
4. Estimate your maximum heart rate based on the formula 220 – age. This will give you a rough estimate, but is not nearly as accurate as the other methods described above but a good starting point to refine yours as you observe your exercise.
Read more…Field Testing Your Target HR Zones
Beachbody Nutrition Tip: Timing is Everything
That is the case with eating foods when you are going to work out. Scheduling exercise into a busy lifestyle is one challenge. Scheduling your eating around that exercise makes it more complicated. Eating too much food or the wrong food before exercise can impair your performance or cause indigestion, cramps, sluggishness, and nausea. But if you haven’t eaten in six hours and try to work out, you may feel weaker as the workout progresses and you will likely fatigue sooner.
Read More…Fueling Before and After Exercise
“Imagination is more important than knowledge.” Albert Einstein
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