There answer to maximizing the results of your diet, exercise or fitness plan, is dealing with the hidden lifestyle challenges that are causing you to live out of balance and inhibit your results.
You see, the need for a performance lifestyle is not to replace a diet, exercise or fitness plan.
The reality is, your diet, exercise or fitness plan is all built into your lifestyle, even now, even if you’re not giving these aspects of your lifestyle any attention. But speaking to that point, from time to time, we can challenge ourselves in these areas with various programs created by others and unless we are in a position of strength when we engage in a challenge, the results we’ll get will be far from par.
It’s always true that 20% of the people who participate in any program get the best results. The others, coming from a position of weakness and unable to follow through or are left disappointed.
When your lifestyle is not supporting your training, fat loss resistance or “metabolic syndrome” can ensue and it’s that position that I’m speaking of… it’s when you’re steeped in a downward energy trend.
Regardless of your motivation, the need for a performance lifestyle is to make sure that you have the lifestyle to support the results you are seeking. The body responds to new stimulus only when you have enough vital energy, nutrients and strength to adapt to that stimulus and for many of us, when you are over stressed and burning out, even the stress of exercise which should help you burn fat, can have the opposite effect and actually promoting weight gain.
Living out of balance in a downward energy trend will ensure that you are wasting your workouts and that can be a real motivation killer.
Read this article by Ian Jeffreys, author of the book, Coaches Guide to Enhancing Recovery in Athletes: A Multi Dimensional Approach to Developing a Performance Lifestyle who has rapidly established himself as one of the most respected strength and conditioning coaches in the UK.
Back in 2009 I discovered Ian’s book, and was amazed at how two people on opposite sides of the ocean had arrived at such a similar idea for defining a Performance Lifestyle. Ian, a world class strength coaching, came to terms with the need for a performance lifestyle to maximize training results.
Here’s a preview for “The Need for a Performance Lifestyle”.
Today’s training programs are the most sophisticated ever, with athlete’s spending hours training in order to gain an advantage over their opponents. Yet , no matter how sophisticated an athlete’s training programme, it alone cannot guarantee success, and crucially a key area of advantage for athlete’s may actually lie away from the training environment. An athlete’s response to any training programme will be dictated not by the programme alone, but by their individual responses to each training stimulus. This response is not fixed, and will depend not only upon the stimulus itself, but crucially upon the given capacity of an athlete to cope with the training stress at any given time. This capacity is constantly in flux, and depends upon the complex interaction of all elements of an athlete’s life, with all stresses having the capacity to affect energy positively and negatively. Maximising any training response requires creating an optimal internal environment whereby an athlete is able to respond appropriately to the training programme. This internal environment will only ever be optimised when an athlete is best able to balance all areas of their life, and make appropriate adjustments to balance stress with recovery and regeneration.