I know many have seen posts on drinking water and making sure you stay hydrated during the heat. Enough water during the day and the day before is always important, but when you are sweating in excess it is also important to replenish other minerals and electrolytes as well. Only water wont solve the problem. I know many stay away from sports drinks due to the sugar which is good, but there are other alternatives to just water. Coconut water has some good sugars and electrolytes in it. Or if you want to keep it simple you can always do water with a little bit of lemon and a sprinkle of salt in there as well. It actually tastes pretty good. Mostly, just be aware that you aren’t losing only water when you sweat, and to hydrate accordingly.
I definitely believe in balance, on the field of play, in the weight room, in the gym, outdoors or inside on the mat. Even more important, is the balance in our lives, as this equilibrium strikes the right chord that harmonizes our own personal orchestra, the mind-body-spirit-connection.
If you eat healthy, but are always stressed out, no balance, no good! If you run for miles or train for hours, but get no rest or recovery, no balance, no good! If you exercise at the gym or train for a sport, but have no time to exercise your mind, no balance, no good! You get the idea right? This pattern or imbalance is not sustainable, you will get burnt out, have very little progress and likely deal with set backs.
There is an Indian belief that everyone is a house of four rooms: a physical, a mental, an emotional and a spiritual room. Most of us tend to live in one room most of the time, but unless we go into every room every day, even if only to keep it aired, we are not complete.
–Rumer Godden–House of Four Rooms
Take some time to really look at your life, your state of mind, and how you’re feeling. Be honest with yourself and notice the areas of your life that you’re neglecting. Skip the intense stress sessions, cut down on unnecessary tasks and protect your priorities. Enjoy life, live with passion, make time for yourself and the things you love to do. Set goals, challenge yourself and create new opportunities. Examine and acknowledge your faults, but always reflect and celebrate your accomplishments. Understand there always setbacks, but prepare and have a plan to overcome adversities and bounce back. Break old habitual patterns and create new positive ones. Connect with yourself internally (mind,body,health) as well as externally (family,social,work). Find a balance…It’s easier said than done, but worth fighting for.
Everyday is another day to challenge yourself to become better in some shape or form.
It requires your full attention. It requires your time and patience. If you are vigilant, you will find it daily.
Simple conversations, watching people interact with each other, couples living the day to day through the good and bad, children dancing to music (even if the music is only in their head), etc.
We are all interconnected in someway and the decisions we make affects all those around us, but it is ultimately up to you as to how you will go about it all. How you will grow from the day to day struggle and see life as it is in your eyes.
I’ve seen members cry, scream, laugh, curse, struggle 1 hour at a time. You can observe the struggle with an objective eye and see that everyone is trying to grow and change.
Remember that everyday counts. Remember that you make the ultimate decision in regards to the direction of your life. The responsibility of your life ultimately rests upon you. Fight for it . See it through. -Tim