Cool And Interesting Things (17/10/14)

A weekly round up of cool and interesting (by my definition) things I have come across this week:

FREE BOOK – Like books? Like books on how to improve your performance? Don’t like paying for stuff? Then we are kindred spirits. Check out this free ebook from Lee Ness.

SUGARY DRINKS & DNA DAMAGE – If you’re reading this blog, hopefully you’re reasonably athletic and sporty, and therefore healthy. You should know that sugary drinks are bad for you. But just incase you aren’t, there is this from the guardian.

DELIBERATE PRACTICE VS GENETICS METANALYSIS – So, which camp are you in – genes/talent vs hardwork? The reality, in my opinion, is a combination of both. You need the genetic framework to give you talent, but you also need plenty of hardwork. This recent metanalysis on deliberate practice further fuels my theory.

TEA – From the guardian again (what can I say, I’m a lefty) on how to make the perfect cup of tea. If you love tea, you’ll love this. Maybe.

EATING WITH OTHER PEOPLE MAKES US FAT – the guardian (AGAIN!) has a really interesting article on how eating with other people is making us fat. Anecdotally, I can confirm this is true.

POACHING ATHLETES – My friend and sometime pole vaulter Paul Walker (not the actor) has written this on poaching athletes. It sums up my feelings on the subject perfectly. I’ve never understood the thought process that if a coach discovers an athlete, that coach has the right to coach the athlete for the rest of their career.

REF!Complaining to the referee has no impact on the amount of decisions given for or against a team. It does, however, lead to an increase in bookings for the player committing the foul. Don’t be that guy.

 

WHAT HAVE I BEEN UPTO?

And now for my weekly trumpet blowing. This week I had my birthday. I’m now 28 years old, but because I’m still a big kid I like to drag out my birthday as much as possible. This year, my girlfriend woke up early, placed out my presents and made me a very carb heavy breakfast that included indoor fireworks. She’s also taking me out to a posh restaurant tomorrow.

Aside from that, I’ve done some coaching, planned some training programmes for athletes that I coach online, and also wrote this article for FreeLapUSA.

I’ve started to read a new book too – Drop Dead Healthy by A.J. Jacobs. It details him spending a year of his life trying to get as healthy as possible. If that sounds like something you’d be interested check it out- Drop Dead Healthy: One Man’s Humble Quest for Bodily Perfection

Have a good weekend!

 

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