Slowing Down to Speed Up: Olympian Tianna Bartoletta's Bedtime Routine for Improved Performance

I’ll sleep when I’m dead. That used to be my mantra. It felt concordant with a common mindset—one in which we see burning the candle at both ends as a sign of determination and unwavering focus. We celebrate folks who work around the clock to get things done, and we overlook the fact that perhaps they have neglected their families, health, and mental well-being to do so. But I went from being that person, the one who would tattoo her workout posts with the hashtag #NoDaysOff (completely ...

Don't Get April Fooled by These Latest Health Fads

Being in the information era, various "health and wellness" trends have taken off in popularity thanks to the reach of social media. This boom has resulted in widely-held (but scientifically-inaccurate) beliefs on the effects of various foods, compounds, and supplements on health. Though lectins, apple cider vinegar, bone broth, collagen, and biotin have all become web buzzwords, only a few have scientific evidence backing the common claims about them.

A Comprehensive Review of the Habits that Affect Gut Health

Your body is your home. It’s also home to trillions of other living organisms. Trillions of microbes that is. And the composition of this microscopic community can have major implications on your wellness and performance. Fortunately, there are multiple steps you can take to support gut health and reap related benefits. Numerous habits, from meal timing, to sleep habits, to antioxidant consumption, can influence the makeup of your microbiome and its relationship with the rest of your body.

The Effects of Inadequate Sleep and Poor Sleep Quality in Athletes

Athletes are always looking for ways to improve performance and take goals to the next level. Efforts for doing just that are often limited to waking hours: nutrition, hydration, recovery protocols, supplement routine and, of course, training itself. And despite all this, research shows that, on average, athletes neglect a critical performance tool: sleep. So how does inadequate sleep affect athletic performance? Interestingly, the oversight of sleep can impact performance, both directly and ...

The 2020 Off Season Helped Me Recover from My Eating Disorder

I think our definition of success in sports is incomplete. We watch athletes reach top podium spots and break records, but we pay no attention to how long these winners stay in the sport. How many years do their bodies let them show up to start lines and reach finish lines? Longevity, right now, doesn’t count enough towards our measure of success. In March 2020, I finally admitted to having an eating disorder. Many have spoken up before me. I've read stories from athletes who I thought had ...

Biohacking: The Art and Science of Self-Experimentation

The term “biohacking” has skyrocketed in popularity and recognition over the past few years. And even if you aren’t familiar with the term biohacking, there’s a good chance you’ve encountered some version of it online. Perhaps you’re familiar with Dave Asprey, the self-proclaimed biohacker who popularized putting butter in your coffee, or Wim Hof, The Iceman, who uses breathwork to withstand freezing Arctic temperatures. Or maybe you’ve come across the fitness trainer Ben Greenfield who endures ...

Running Coach Mary Johnson's Best Advice for 2021 Race Prep

Last March, the world felt a seismic shift when the COVID-19 pandemic took off—and took hold of our daily lives. And endurance athletes, many of whom had been preparing for spring, summer, and fall races, found themselves in a unique form of limbo. Running coach Mary Johnson of Lift | Run | Perform reflects back on the past year, recalls how she mentored her athletes through such uncertain times, and gives her best advice for feeling strong and prepared when you (finally) toe the line.
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