Welcome to our brand new weekend roundup, Three of the Best! Every Sunday, we’ll post up Breaking Muscle’s top three articles of the week. These pieces have caught your attention throughout the last seven days. So here they are in one place for you to consume, digest, and enjoy.
#1 – Let’s Talk About Diet, Part 1: Quantity Versus Quality
The most important factor in “health” as it pertains to diet is in fact quantity. Not one person on this earth can prove differently. We are a species with so many variations in adaptation that there is not “one true way” of eating, but the correlation between food quantity and health is universal to all.
#2 – The 2 Essential Principles of Lifelong Motivation
Here’s the kicker. Most of us need external elements to keep us motivated. We listen to motivational speakers, or even find a daily motivational quote to try and ignite the fire within us. But why do we need to see or listen to something to motivate us? It’s because the goals we’ve set to ourselves are mediocre at best. That’s why I believe the “achievable” part in SMART goals is a disaster.
#3 – Why You Fail Under Pressure (And How to Succeed)
Sometimes we think we are choking, but the problem is actually that we don’t have the full implicit process ingrained in memory. A great example is double unders with a jump rope. I have seen many people “have them” only to “lose them” on a later workout. If you haven’t done tens of thousands of double unders, it might be that you don’t “have them” completely in unconscious memory.
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