Something we all take for granted, taking care of ourselves.
It’s not selfish to take care of yourself. After all, if you don’t take care of yourself, you can’t take care of others. This is something I have realized over the past week as I lay on the couch at home after a visit to the hospital. I ran myself into the ground doing the things I love, with the people I love, is that wrong?? I didn’t think so, but, after time to reflect I need to work smarter, not harder.
I’m not going to get all personal. The end result was pneumonia and I will be away from the place I love, the people I love, and the things I love to do for 10 days. Gut wrenching and frustrating since I landed in this situation by overdosing on all of the above.
Be selfish. Take Care of Yourself.
It’s all about the small things. The things we don’t prioritize and should:
1) Hydration. I doubt many of us drink enough H20. Hydrate. 2% loss in hydration can lead to 10-15% loss in performance. This doesn’t occur only at the gym, but in everything you do.
2) Nutrition. This is the fuel for your body. I’m not going to talk Paleo, Zone, or whatever other stuff is out there. Keep it simple. Eat real food, whole foods, eat in abundance. Take fish oils and talk to a Naturopath if you feel you are deficient somewhere.
3) Sleep. Minimum 8 hours a night. If you are one of our competitive athletes or someone who likes to push it you should be sleeping 10 hours a night. Run a simple sleep test to see whats enough. I’ve already had some of our competition crew do this and they were blown away. Take 3 nights, go to bed so that you can achieve 10 hours, and don’t set your alarm. Wake up when you wake up. Take the average of all three nights and that is a real simple explanation of what you need. An example reported was Night 1/10hrs, 2/9hrs, 3/9.5hrs. This person now goes to bed and gives their body an opportunity to recover for 9.5 hours. If she wakes up earlier she is allowed to get up and get going. However, if you sit on facebook or watch TV until midnight and work is at 7am you never even give your body a chance. Not even a chance!
4) Workout Hard and with Consistency. If you aren’t feeling it take a rest day.
5) Take Scheduled Rest Days
6) Make time for Mental Recovery. From training, work, family. We all need 20-60min to ourselves.
TRAINING = WORK + REST – Don’t do the work if you don’t have the balls to rest!!! – Mark Twight
The moral of the story comes from the above quote. If all you ever do is work you are going to be toeing a fine line and when you cross that line you don’t have to take a rest day. Nope, you don’t get to take a day off to swim, hike, do yoga, or work mobility. You get three days on the couch where you can’t breath, a clinic visit, two more days of chest pain, then a hospital visit, 5 medications, a worried family, 7 more days on the couch, a week of light duties back at work with another week off training, then back to training modified, and maybe in a month you are back to where you were.
Need I say anymore?? Mistakes are only mistakes when you do nothing about them! I fully intend to move forward being selfish. By being selfish it will in turn allow me to be with the people I love in a greater capacity, work with the people I love with a greater capacity, train harder with more love for what I do, and most of all lead by example and show that by taking care of yourself you are actually able to be SELFLESS.
*this is dedicated to my coach and friend Zach Filer who knows the above all to well himself.