Week 11: Reacquaint Yourself with TCA


"Father time” catches up to us all in some way, shape or form.


For the first quarter or so of our lives, most of us are growing physically to a peak level: we are naturally supple, mobile, strong, powerful, injury-free, and often times at our ideal weight. Then sometime in our mid to late twenties to early thirties, we begin to lose what once came naturally. Not to mention, our worlds become a balancing act of careers, marriages, families, and community responsibilities.


Today’s Corporate Athlete is someone who comes to terms with these harsh realities of change and understands the importance of combating these changes by incorporating proper nutrition, conditioning, and restorative measures into their jammed-packed life. Today’s Corporate Athlete has not accepted an unhealthy fate with “zero” time allotted to wellness, but instead is working diligently toward slowing the “maturation process” and maximizing their “well-being.”


What Today’s Corporate Athletes know?

As mentioned, TCAs have not resigned themselves to a state of unhealthiness, low physical performance, or poor body composition. On the contrary, they plan to live their lives aiming to reverse these trends, but they’ll do so in a strategic, safe, sustainable, sure fire way.


Today’s Corporate Athletes:

  • recognize the need to follow the Nutrition, Conditioning & Restorative wheel to maximize their general health, body composition, and performance as life progresses

  • do not expect to exercise or partake in activities as "care free" or readily as they did as teenagers or in their early twenties

  • understand that extreme, excessive training will most often lead to injury over time

  • know that extreme, excessive training is not necessary to compete in “The Sport of Everyday Life”

  • have come to terms with the fact not all exercise is good for us

  • realize that consistent application of safe exercise and proper eating habits with adequate rest will allow them to participate in recreational activities and sports, play with their kids and grandkids, avoid self- inflicted chronic diseases, and more

  • understand why a professional athlete’s career generally comes to an end in their late twenties to early thirties (obviously there are a few outliers)

  • are not influenced by the high intensity TV infomercials or extreme fitness centers that are abundant all around them

  • recognize that so often the lean, muscular models that are used during the marketing of these infomercials are lean in large part because they eat very cleanly…not simply because they exercise

  • resist the thought of trying to become an extreme exercise enthusiast or trying to make exercise their “sport”

  • do not try to relive his/her competitive youth or to compete in a physique pageant, but rather works hard to navigate through life as mobile, supple, strong, powerful and lean as possible

  • sees the pitfall of the surplus of 24-7 fitness facilities and their one dimensional, hamster wheel driven mentality towards "fitness"

  • exercise at an appropriate intensity, frequency, and volume

  • eat a minimally processed diet

  • live a lifestyle that incorporates physical activity as well as Rest

  • do all these things while balancing a busy, often hectic life!

In other words, TCAs recognize the options that exist:


If you choose to dedicate your time to unhealthy practices, the quantity of your years may be limited, and certainly, the quality of your years will be limited.


VERSUS


If you choose to dedicate your time to healthy practices, you will likely reap the benefits in terms of both quantity and quality of life for years to come.


Week 11 Quiz:

1) Generally, we are at our physical peak: a) Sometime during the 1st quarter of our lives b) As toddlers c) Right around forty d) In our fifties


2) Today's Corporate Athletes understand? a) The importance of incorporating proper Nutrition b) The importance of incorporating proper Conditioning (i.e, Exercise) c) The importance of incorporating proper Restorative Measures d) All of the above


3) Today's Corporate Athletes understand that extreme, excessive training will often lead to injury over time. a) False b) True


4) TCAs believe dedicating healthy practices to one's lifestyle will likely reap the benefits of both quantity and quality of life for years to come. a) True b) False


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