In this weeks episode of Magness & Marcus we discuss how what matters most is often what goes on outside of practice. It’s the other 21 hours of the day when we aren’t working out that often is the deciding factor on whether we have success or not. It’s all about setting up the rest of your day for success.

We go into detail on three topics specifically that impact our recovery and adaptation. Starting with the big one, sleep. Going beyond the “sleep is good for you” mantra, we try and look at what it actually does and then go into how to actually change behavior to get more sleep. Next up is the topic of nutrition and what are the big concepts to get across to your athletes instead of getting bogged down with the minutia. To end we tackle the wonderful topic of stress. How do we deal with life that involves classes, tests, and life stress, and how do we combat that by creating the right environment.

We end with a new segment to tie things together where Jon and I discuss two of the latest books we’ve both read so that you all can get an understanding of the process behind where some of thoughts come from.

Enjoy and as always feedback appreciated,

Steve & Jon

Books or apps discussed in this show include:
Anti-Fragile by Nassim Taleb
Riveted by Jim Davies
How We Are by Vincent Deary
Flux–  blue light reduction app for sleep

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    1 Comment

    1. Aaron Olson on February 25, 2015 at 5:27 pm

      Great discussion Steve & Jon. I think circadian rhythm entrainment is really important for optimal performance. I try to make things as easy as possible and I only have amber colored lights on at night to help put me in the mood to sleep. Turning off all blue spectrum lighting can be really helpful to signal to the body that it is time to sleep. You can buy amber colored bulbs on amazon for a few dollars or just light candles after the sun goes down. Turn off all overhead lighting as well seems to help.

      As far as the correlation between stress and lack of sleep, I think you may be have the causation reversed. Probably getting less sleep is an adaptive response to increased stress in your life. Athletes may have a lot of life stress and need to skimp on sleep to get something done and so there is a correlation there, but I'd guess the life stress leads to less sleep, not as much the other way around.

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