TN50#132, 3 Things You Should Know, 25 September 2023

Hi Team,

3 Things everyone should know you shouldn’t assume someone knows:

  1. Fruit juice doesn’t need to have added sugar to be really bad for you.
  2. Having a low heart rate when you are asleep is almost always a good thing
  3. You don’t have to have workout cloths on to work out.

Happy Monday and welcome to The Next 50 #132.  I like to think of personal performance in 3 components: physical, mental and emotional.  My frameworks focus on 4 Buckets: Eat, Sleep, Move and Think.  This blog is my sandbox for sharing information that you might find useful for your personal performance.

I have been helping people perform better for a long, long time and for over 5 years as the owner/operator of First Principles Performance, LLC.  As a guide I immediately start educating my clients with a lot of basic information on how the body works and how we can help it work better with our behaviors.  On more than one occasion I have blown through some basic information that I knew clients had a good working knowledge of only to find out I was wrong and I was doing them a disservice by not spending more time on the Level 1 Basics.  Bullets 1 and 2 above are perfect examples of this.

  1. It seems the whole world is against us when it comes to having a basic working knowledge of nutrition. Why would I assume that a highly educated successful 40-year-old would understand that a big glass of all-natural OJ with 50g of sugar (natural, from the oranges) and a SSB (sugar sweetened beverage) with 50g of added sugar are both equally bad for you?  ***Both of these, SSBs and Fruit Juice, are at the top of my stop consuming immediately list; trust me your body will thank you***
  2. If you are new to the sleep tracker world and not already a physiology dork, why would you necessarily know that your heart rate lowers when your sleeping (for the most part). This is another fact I shouldn’t just slow down for but should spend all the time in the world on so clients understand that a lower night time heart rate over time is an indicator of overall performance gains.
  3. OK, this third one is on the list because I don’t cover it often and I should. I work out in my gym (right next to my office) or a hotel gym in street clothes regularly.  I have a client who owns an investment company who carries his office work in a GoRuck along with a 30# plate.  If I am going for a long run, I will have the right cloths on, of course.  But for a lot of things I do in the gym, cargo pants and whatever shirt I am wearing works just fine.  So go get some in your khakis and polo shirt.

Here’s the Call to Action: Question what you know you know, if you are a teacher, coach, consultant, parent… question what you know your people know.  Remember they are counting on you and it always starts with the basics.

As always share the post with your team and anyone who might find it useful and let me know what you think!

Have a good one, Alex

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