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My mom and brother visited the other day and, upon seeing how the inside of my refrigerator looked like an adult-version of Tetris, commented that they could never do “something like that.” Trust me, they and you can. Here’s a guide to meal prepping like a boss!

But first, why bother? A number of reasons. For one, it makes your weekdays fairly seamless. Sit back and imagine that for a second…a seamless weekday (at least when it comes to meals). I probably have your attention now, but just in case you need a bit more nudging, here are a few more reasons to meal prep.  Read More

 

A person who starts working at age 21 (the age most graduate college), works 40 hours per week, and retires at age 65, will spend over 90,000 hours at work in their lifetime. So yeah, you will probably log more than that considering: the average work week in the U.S. is now 47 hours, most will work past 65, and many entered the workforce in some way before reaching the legal drinking age. Depressed by all that? I hope not; it could be a sign you’re unhappy at work. And if you’re unhappy at work, you could be risking your mental and physical health…really.

An increasing number of studies show work stress, extensive overtime, or general pervasive displeasure at work increases your risk for:

  • unhealthy weight gain or weight loss,
  • depression,
  • anxiety,
  • heart problems,
  • sleep problems,
  • an impaired immune system, and
  • lower self-worth.

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Recovery is critical. The only thing more critical is pre-covery, or prevention, which includes adequate sleep and nutrition to support your workouts and life demands. Many people don’t realize how important recovery is both from individual workouts and over the long-term training period. Or else they know, but aren’t sure how to do it effectively. Most don’t think about recovery until something goes wrong.

Recovery means your body and mind have returned to its normal state—the scientific word is homeostasis. If you don’t recover, you will eventually experience one or several types of fatigue that will hamper your workouts and your quality of life. You should plan you’re your recovery process as much as you plan your workouts (you’re doing that right…?). Here’s why and how to do it.

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