25 July 2017
When I started my journey as an endurance athlete, one of the things I learned quickly was that everyone has different nutritional needs for training and racing, depending on the activity, the length of the activity, the intensity, the weather, and individual digestive ability and needs. Some athletes prefer liquid calories in the form of gels and sports drinks – others need solid foods. Some of us sweat A LOT and require much more salt intake than others or the average person not engaged in such a high level of activity in the heat. It took me a few years to gather the information to understand all of this. But as it turns out, I still had a lot to learn about nutrition.
23 July 2017
Times are hectic. We justify less sleep in the name of work, getting a good grade, or stress keeps our mind over-active when it should be in dreamland. For others, sleep disorders such as sleep apnea are preventing them and their partners from getting a good night sleep.
Sleeping is just as important as proper nutrition and exercise. While the actual amount varies from person to person, the average adult needs 6 to 8 hours of sleep; children and teens need more and the elderly less.
Why do we need sleep?
12 July 2017
Camping or hiking – or both – require the obvious, that is, something to store your essentials in! While it might save you money using the old college backpack you used to haul your books around in, you might end up spending your entire outdoors trip in discomfort. It’s best to invest in a good pack – your body will thank you later.
There are different types of backpacks depending on the activity – be it for day hiking, car or backcountry camping, or lengthy travel across your favorite destination country. However, don’t try using your 60 L backcountry pack that you would normally use for a week-long trip as a good substitute for a day hike. Remember that the larger an object is, the more likely you will fill it full of “stuff” that you don’t really need. That adds more weight to your trip.