Happy Friday! In celebration of my first week on crutches in the books (two more to go!!), it’s time to share a few good reads I came across while sitting on the couch all day. Yay fitness!
On with the links:
Sugary drinks linked to 180,000 deaths a year, study says – Washington Post – In related news, the sky is blue! If you were on the fence about the harmful effects of sodas and other sugar-laced beverages, this peer-reviewed study might convince you that soda can be doing real harm to your health.
Hurt locker rooms: The four injury risks today’s young players face – ESPN.com – This article was fascinating, on many levels. A lot of athletes think it’s just about practicing their sport, and all it takes is enough skill and talent. But what many fail to realize is that all the other activities (or lack of activities) can impact your success as an athlete just as much as being skilled enough. Proper nutrition, sleep, and a scientifically tested strength program all keep athletes playing longer and harder. Likewise, eating crappy food without essential vitamins like calcium can lead to brittle bones. And it appears the media is getting wise to how much a problem early sports specialization is on the longevity of athlete’s careers, which is a VERY GOOD THING. Hopefully the increase in media coverage will lead to some reform of youth sports culture. to the problem My future kids will be encouraged to play multiple sports when growing up. Playing lots of sports leads to better overall athleticism and a great side effect is less cumulative wear and tear.
For A More Ordered Life, Organize Like A Chef – NPR.org – My wife will get a kick out of this article. The author explores what chefs are taught in culinary school – mise-en-place, “put-in-place.” Basically, it means to gather and organize everything you need to get the job done right. Everything is exactly where it needs to be. This can translate to health and fitness by planning out meals and training blocks. Do you have everything you need in your ktichen to make healthy meals? Plan out your shops. What’s in your gym bag? Did you forget your workout clothes again? Plan ahead, ensure you have everything arranged exactly how you need it.
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