This first Coach Tip Of The Week (CTOTW) is simple, basic but fundamental: treat your body as your best friend. Running, exercising and maintaining a healthy lifestyle requires a strong support and neglecting one part impacts the other. Nurture and understand this relationship, learn from it because you will stick with it forever. This symbiosis is essential:
- listen to him: when you are injured, your body will tell you you have to stop pushing, take a break and rest. Failure to listen will result in injuries, soreness, change of mood, etc. Needless to say, it will impact more than your physical or fitness performance.
- ask him for support: when you will need it, your body will then provide the power you need to run, lift and do whatever you want. Once you know how your body works, you will be able to push for more.
How to start? This is pretty simple, stick to some basic rules:
- value your body: maintain it (wash it, cut your toenails). Let your body feels he is wonderful and desired. How can you be confident in something you do not value?
- sleep: it will give a rest to your mind but also to your body. We will come back later on this topic later but this is during your sleep that your muscles are built: running, weight-lifting or swimming destroy your muscles, you rebuild them (stronger) by eating the appropriate nutrients and resting. Do not keep awake lately: most of the time, you do not do useful stuff lately and second, you have less time to recover. Learn how much sleep is enough: if you wake up tired, you do not get enough.
- eat well: treat your body as a temple. Choose the appropriate nutrients when eating, avoid the stuff that will make you feel miserable. Do not overeat but also do not be anorexic as well. Of course, there are exceptions and we will discuss that in a next post. Learn what is good for you: try different recipes and watch the consequences during the next days.
This sounds very simple but this is by sticking to these rules that you will successfully improve your performance without impacting the rest of your life. And if these rules are simple, following them is not so easy, there will be many moments when you will be tempted not to follow them. This was highlighted recently: In 1979, 2,500 men were asked to follow five simple rules – eat well, work out, drink less, keep their weight down and never smoke. Nearly four decades on, just 25 pensioners have managed to stick to the plan. But they are all far fitter and healthier than the volunteers who gave up. In other words, stick to these rules, you will save your health, money and probably sanity.
This first CTOTW not discuss specifically a training plan or some particular running advices. On purpose: most of the training also comes from some rigorous living guidelines. It focused on some essential pre-conditions that will help you, not only to train but adopt a more healthy lifestyle.