Rehabilitation at HOME

#stayhome is a prudent message during the coronavirus pandemic. But what if you need rehabilitation from an injury or surgery? What does #rehabathome look like? First of all, please don’t misconstrue any of the following bits of information as overt medical advice. They are just general suggestions. Obviously, if you have any issues which have not been properly diagnosed, please…

The Coronavirus and Lifetime Athletes

As the world is engulfed in the COVID-19 pandemic, we need to band together to most effectively deal with this crisis. My deep concern goes out to anyone who has been adversely affected. The information we’ve received from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and other organizations, is important for us to employ. Recommendations regarding hygiene tactics, temporary social…

Breathing Mechanics

How we breathe can have a profound impact upon our autonomic nervous system state as well as the degree of movement variability we have in our system. Autonomic nervous system states are the parasympathetic (rest and digest) and sympathetic (fight or flight) conditions.  Slow, deep breathing with an emphasis on nasal inhalations can augment the parasympathetic side of the equation.…

Metabolic Flexibility for Athletes – Part 3

Originally I didn’t intend to include a third part to this series…but the peeps asked — and so they shall receive. A number of folks had some specific questions and thus I feel compelled to address these insightful queries from the Lifetime Athlete fam. One more time, what is metabolic flexibility and why is it important? This is basically the…

Metabolic Flexibility for Athletes – Part 2

March is Metabolic Flexibility Month. Honestly, I totally made that up and I have absolutely no idea if such a designation exists. We could also say that during the month of March we are trying to reset the metabolism to restore its efficiency in powering our athletic endeavors.  In Part 1 of this series I explained that our goal as…

Metabolic Flexibility for Athletes – Part 1

Human metabolism is an amazing orchestration of complex signaling and function. The ways in which the metabolism utilizes digested food and nutrients is manyfold. Of particular interest to the Lifetime Athlete is how the body uses the different macronutrients (fat, protein, carbohydrate) to support lifelong health and peak performance.  For discussion purposes, we can oversimplify the roles of the 3…

The Gift of Love…The Gift of LIFE!

This Friday is Valentine’s Day! Why not give someone you care about a true gift of love?  How about a gift of LIFE! I’d like to suggest that you give an important someone, or several special folks, or even yourself…a gift that not only shows you care, but that helps to make life better, more fun, more fulfilling, and more…

Fight Back Against The Reaper!

The Reaper is out there. He is coming for everyone. Eventually, he’ll get all of us. But you have some say in how it all goes down. You can go out on your own terms. There are choices we can make. We can choose to live a healthy, high-performing lifestyle and maintain wellness over a potentially longer and certainly higher-quality…

When Injuries Happen…

Exercise is essential for maximum health and optimal function through the lifespan. Unfortunately, and despite our best intentions, we are occasionally sidelined from our exercise endeavors by an injury. This usually doesn’t mean the end of our fitness or athletic careers, but having an understanding of what’s going on — and what we should do about — an injury, can…

Get Hard to Kill!

Are you hard to kill? Because that’s what I’d like to be and I’d certainly like to see you be the same. Hard to kill is being strong, fast, mobile and durable. You die late, healthy, and fast. The alternative is to be weak, slow, stiff, and fragile. This equates to expiring early, sick, and slowly. For the most part,…