Working hard, pushing staff, and advocating a culture of long days to get the job done can seem like an obvious strategy for gaining the edge in business. But two large scale studies recently completed in Iceland suggest this thinking is dead wrong.

The studies, which collectively enrolled over 1% of the entire countries workforce, concluded that reducing the working week at no drop in pay, resulted in no reduction in productivity. The trial was so successful that 86% of the country’s entire workforce is now moving towards reduced hours.

In addition to the overall maintenance, and in some cases…


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Enjoyment is the cement of new habits.

Trying to build a new habit that you do not enjoy is like pushing a boulder up a hill. It’s a struggle that can be overcome via sheer strength of will. But the process is hard and failure likely as soon as fatigue sets in.

A better way is to focus on lightening the load by making enjoyment a part of the process. When you enjoy a behaviour, or at least the outcome, you will be far more likely to repeat it. There are two ways this…


You’re Over Estimating Recovery Needs And Should Train Every Day

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COMMON ERRORS:

  1. Setting the bar too high.
  2. Over estimating recovery needs.
  3. Not focusing enough on enjoyment

I will address each of these in this 3 part series, one at a time.

You need less recovery than you think | Frequency beats intensity.

When getting started with a fitness habit, how many times per week should you train? Twice a week? Three times? or every single day?

I’d bet most people would intuitively answer two or three times per week to avoid over training. But this is actually dead wrong. There is a strong argument to be made for training every single day, even as newbie.


You want to build a fitness habit, get fitter and healthier. But every time you embark on a new fitness venture, or try to rekindle an old one, your busy life derails you. You find that you manage fits and spurts of effort, but maintaining consistency over a long period is tough. Recognise yourself here? this is for you. A guide to 3 common errors and the somewhat counter intuitive best practices you may replace them with.

Common Errors:

  1. Setting the bar too high.
  2. Over estimating recovery needs.
  3. Not focusing enough on enjoyment.

I will address each of these in detail.

You’re setting the bar too high. You should dare to start small.

Mental…


One conversation I have had with many clients in recent weeks relates to the seemingly increasing distress felt by many, especially parents, around taking time to train or engage in relaxing, rejuvenating activities. The running theme? a pang of guilt associated with taking time out for oneself, as though this was somehow self indulgent, opulent or hedonistic.

Tending to your own wellbeing is none of those things. You should feel no guilt or remorse for engaging in activities that restore or maintain your wellbeing, wether physical or mental.In …


Self confidence and self criticism.

The relationship between your two selves and how it pertains to your practice, improvement and excellence.

The two selves.

Self criticism is a crippling habit that hinders the attainment and expression of high performance in almost all arenas. At some time or another I think most individuals can relate to this. Nowhere is this more true or observable than in sports performance. Learning to eliminate self criticism in your practice and performance will remove one of the biggest barriers to excellence.

In order to understand self criticism we must first understand the nature of self…


How to drop 7% of your body weight in 7 days. (For weight — class athletes preparing for competition).

How to drop 7% of your body weight in 7 days to make weight.

(And still be strong enough to set records)

In strength and combat sports it is common for athletes to need to make weight for a competition, which often involves rapid weight loss through dehydration and various other means in attempts to drop significant amounts of weight in very short spaces of time. …


Magnesium

One of the most important supplements to take for health, lifespan and athletic performance.

Overview

Magnesium (Mg) plays a critical role in a healthy, long life, and athletic performance.

Magnesium;

Raises testosterone

Lowers stress response

Is Essential for healthy ageing

Is important for a proper inflammatory response

Is Essential for insulin and blood sugar control

Is Essential for energy production

Improves sleep

Helps immune function.

Oh, and you’re very likely deficient in it!

Introduction

In the field of health, wellness and sports performance / fitness, a great many supplements are pedalled and promoted. Some are great, others good, and…


Three lessons in communication from today’s calamity of interactions.

It is incredible that a few words, when poorly chosen but well intentioned, can cause so much grief and aggravation. Equally, it is incredible that carefully chosen words can cause just as much aggravation and upset when not carefully listened to.

Today alone, I have been involved in no less than three instances where either poor listening skills, or poor use of language, has led to conflict, severe upset and what I can only describe as an epic waste of time and energy. I am a strength coach by trade, so…


Mindfulness is a phenomenal tool for increasing calm, dealing with stress, making better choices, improving productivity and a host of other amazing benefits.

For many of us who lead busy, full lives, finding the time to sit and meditate can be a real challenge. I have been fortunate enough to meet and learn from a few genuine Buddhist monks, one of the most helpful lessons I have been taught is that mindfulness is a state that can be practiced anywhere and in any task, not just sitting on the cushion. The benefits of engaging mindfully in various everyday tasks are almost as potent as the benefits of engaging in deep meditation, especially when you are somewhat practiced at the latter.

Here are five…

Pete Edwards

Founder and Head Coach at Edwards Performance. We make the human body perform better. Passionate about health & performance, on a mission to help people thrive.

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