Competing in a Spartan Race at age 60 requires one to train smart, I can no longer rely solely on brute force and iron will. At this age, recovery is far more important than my training sessions, and sleep quality is more important than sleep quantity. To prevent injury, I need mobility, I need to be able to twist and contort my body into positions that it has not seen in 35 years.
To top that off, my goal is not simply to finish a Spartan Race, my goal is to podium! Here are three odd health hacks that are part of my routine.
1. Floor sitting, something I picked up living in Asia. This increases movement and effort every time I get up or down. It also allows me to stretch, get into a plank or yoga movement. So when I’m home relaxing, the floor trumps the couch. Every minute not sprawled out on the couch, is a minute where I’m not weakening my spine, tightening my hips and hamstrings and ruining my posture!
2. After 6:00 PM, when I’m home I wear blue ray blocking glasses. Blue light is very important in regulating circadian rhythm — the body’s natural wakefulness and sleep cycle. Exposure to blue light during daytime hours helps maintain a healthful circadian rhythm, but exposure to blue light at night, makes it harder to get to sleep. You want to get your blue light from the Sun as opposed to artificial lighting. Inline with this, Night Shift is on 24×7 on my Mac, iPhone and iPad. Most mornings between 10 ana 11, I take a 20 minute walk without sunglasses or sunscreen, you don’t want to block Vitamin D production. Sleep is crucial to health and more important than diet and workout!
3. I finish every shower with five minutes of only cold water. This helps with balancing hormone levels, improving sexual performance and fertility, lowering blood sugar, cutting food cravings, improving adrenal function, fixing thyroid issues, enhancing immune function, improving deep sleep quality, increasing pain tolerance and reducing inflammation.
What are your hacks?