Lately there has been an influx of people interested in the ketogenic diet. If you are unfamiliar with this approach, it basically means you starve yourself (pun absolutely intended) of carbohydrates (less than 20g/day), to the point where your body flips on a protective mechanism to preserve the brain and supply it energy.
Have any of these things been happening to you lately?
1. My workouts have been lacking
2. I’m craving high fat, salty snacks
3. I’m anxious and stressed
4. I get sleepy during long meetings or drives
Let’s take a second to think about why these things may be happening? Sleep! Although there is no magic number as to how many hours of sleep is perfect for each person, quality sleep is necessary to sustain a healthy lifestyle. It allows our brains to recharge and our bodies to rest. Stress and sleep are a very evil cycle. Lack of sleep leads to increased stress, increased stress can lead to more frequent short sleep.
Two weekends ago we hosted a seminar for our members on Injury Prevention, where Dr. Tyler Evans of Arete Chiropractic and our own Coach Ryan helped give us some valuable pointers on how life intersects with training and what we can focus on with health. The seminar was not necessarily about specific injuries, more about taking a global approach. Here are some key takeaways from it:
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