Full Contact Friday: Spread Your Ideas

Today we are bringing together a collection of tips, posts, and videos, from  folks that believe improvements in physical performance spill over into your career and personal life.

So, let’s have some fun. The two most important things you can do:

1. Share a relevant post from your blog with us in the comments section.

2. If you don’t have a blog but are interested in joining the conversation, then leave a comment or share a relevant post or article that you came across this week.

I’ll kick things off with a few articles, posts, pics, vids, etc. that came my way this week:

(1) Regular Sprints Boost MetabolismScience Daily. Thank-you Anna from Wild Fitness for the link.

(2)Health problems disappear when captive gorillas fed wild dietHunter-Gatherer. Thank-you to Michael from Nutrition and Physical Regeneration for the link.

(3) A Little Meditation Goes a Long WayGreater Good. Thank-you Brent from Healthcare Epistemocrat for the link.

(4) Scott Bird, from Straight to the Bar, and I did a twitterchat on improving sleep this week.  Scott created an excellent resource page with links to my sleep experiments and tons of information about bi-phasic sleep.  Check it out here.

(5) Thanks to a facebook (hit me up with a friend request) conversation with Dave Sandel of Athlete Creator I dug up this classic picture of climber Tony Yaniro.

(6) I also found this killer trailer for The Endless Glide a movie about Stand Up Paddle Boarding.  Alex and I had a blast doing this while in Hawaii and under gentle (read as: flat) conditions.

Trailer The Endless Glide from SUPJournal.com on Vimeo.

Now it’s your turn share a link or two in the comments section and don’t forget to link to this post from your blog and share it on twitter or facebook.  This way, these ideas for healthful living and improved personal performance can spread.

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20 responses to “Full Contact Friday: Spread Your Ideas

  1. It isn’t strictly physical fitness related but I find the head muscles need attention too. I posted this a while back and it’s proving useful. I’m sure the post could be more refined but the basics are there.

    http://readgrice.wordpress.com/2010/12/02/searching-for-the-100th-monkey/

  2. Hey Adam, Great idea!

    Here’s another article showing a study that demonstrated you can pack in the same quality of training in short sprints than longer moderate efforts:
    http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/06/05/for-heart-health-sprints-match-endurance-training/

  3. Training: Anti-Oxidants Friend or Foe?

    I’ve grown a little tired of hearing about all this protein we “need”. Dr. Graham gives his 2 cents.

    • Protein does seem to be a sacred cow. In a carb bashing / fat bashing world, protein is the one macronutrient that we are told we can’t get enough of. Now I have to watch his vid on how to improve recovery after training.

      • The answer will be fruit. Refills the burned glycogen, provides enough protein, and is easy/quick for the body to process. Damn tasty too.

        15 ripe persimmons PWO? YES! You know what I’m talkin about brother 😉

  4. I just re-discovered the still rings at my gym. These things are amazing for upper-body development and grip training. Check it out:

  5. Hey dude,

    Ran across an article outlining a recent research review the other week:

    http://psychcentral.com/news/2011/02/18/lifestyle-changes-as-treatment-for-mental-health-concerns-depression-anxiety/23670.html

    It looked at how simple lifestyle changes (e.g. diet, exercise, stress reduction etc.) can have a dramatic effect on quality of life …

    According to research reviewed in the paper, the many often unrecognized TLC [therapeutic lifestyle changes] benefits include:

    Exercise not only helps people feel better by reducing anxiety and depression. It can help children do better in school, improve cognitive performance in adults, reduce age-related memory loss in the elderly, and increase new neuron formation in the brain.

    Diets rich in vegetables, fruits and fish may help school performance in children, maintain cognitive functions in adults, as well as reduce symptoms in affective and schizophrenic disorders.

    Spending time in nature can promote cognitive functions and overall well-being.

    Good relationships can reduce health risks ranging from the common cold to strokes as well as multiple mental illnesses, and can enhance psychological well-being dramatically.

    Recreation and fun can reduce defensiveness and foster social skills.

    Relaxation and stress management can treat a variety of anxiety, insomnia, and panic disorders.

    Meditation has many benefits. It can improve empathy, sensitivity and emotional stability, reduce stress and burnout, and enhance cognitive function and even brain size.

    Religious and spiritual involvement that focuses on love and forgiveness can reduce anxiety, depression and substance abuse, and foster well-being.

    Contribution and service, or altruism, can enhance joy and generosity by producing a “helper’s high.” Altruism also benefits both physical and mental health, and perhaps even extends lifespan.

  6. Thanks for the shout out!

    I have been slacking BIG TIME on a 2nd website that I own/write for. Climbing is just one aspect that my personal training/fitness carries over to. I’ve started documenting my outdoors shenanigens/”action sports” here:

    http://www.dudeswithtents.com

    I still haven’t written the post ( :-/ ), but 2 weeks ago we ended up showshoeing 8 miles through the bluffs with 60lb. packs on our backs to get to the next site. No way that would have been possible if I weren’t already physically fit and active.

    I hope to contribute more to this series in the future from the site mentioned above. In the meantime, here’s an action shot from indoor bouldering last night (hopefully it works from TwitPic):

  7. For you distance nuts out there, this is a great marathon training method that requires only three runs per week.
    http://marathon.harvard.edu/images/first_first.pdf

  8. Very interesting collection of resources Adam.

    I’ve been thinking a lot lately about simplicity, and how it can aid many aspects of life; including your training. Reduced stress, better sleep, sharper focus and so on. Powerful idea.

    Much, much more to say on this, but the short version is – simplifying things can have a huge impact.

  9. Adam, hey there.
    Sorry I missed the twitterchat about Recovery: Improving Monophasic & Biphasic Sleep. I actually learned a little bit about sleep discipline a few months back. I’ve been trying different schedules. I found that 5-6 hours of core sleep and 1-2 20 minute naps work well for me and my current schedule. Actually, it was Jimmy Vo who turned me onto the Polyphasic Sleep Experiment. I found it super informative.
    http://bit.ly/eUsacq

  10. Adding this link from Mr. NooglesBreathing Pattern Development. Excellent post about developing proper breathing patterns with videos to help you improve your breathing.

  11. Hey Adam,

    Here is my contribution to the effort.

    Does taking care of yourself spill over to you career and total life? You bet it does! Take a look at this 73 year old weightlifting granny. She looks better than 99% of the people I know and is still healthy and active.

    73 Year Old Weightlifting Granny: Part 2 – Its Worse Than You Think

    Then of course losing your health makes us acutely aware of just how valuable time and our life really is:

    Good Food Doesn’t Stop The Alarm Clock Of Life From Ticking

  12. Hey Adam! I like your ideas, as always. Just a short link to share is a previous post of mine that deals with time management/perceived value vs. actual time, and health/vibrance.

    http://www.freestylefitnessaddiction.com/motivation-mindset/time-management-reflection/


    kristina

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