Fitness Tracker

The One Way to Get Better Results with Your Fitness Tracker

In 2016, 61 million wearable fitness devices—fitness trackers, activity, and sports trackers—were sold. Wearable tech is making its mark, especially when it comes to human performance. And it will continue to play a bigger role in our lives in the years to come.

The Value of Measuring Advanced Data

Fitness trackers measure a variety of standard data points, including calories burned, pulse, heart rate variability, body temperature, and steps taken. They can also measure advanced data like strain and recovery needs so you can “unlock human performance,” as Will Ahmed, CEO of Whoop states. I like that last feature as a central premise of a fitness tracker because learning how to live with optimal energy levels is the primary objective of Performance Lifestyle. To maintain optimal energy levels, you must understand how to manage stress and recovery.

In the athletic world, recovery means a return to a normal state of health, mind, or strength.

Recuperation or regeneration are broader terms that include recovery, but also encompass the energy you need to restore or replenish to function and perform at capacity. Restoring human energy must take place systematically and regularly, in healthy ways, so you don’t get caught up in addictive and unhealthy lifestyle habits to try and keep pace with a busy life. And that is only possible when performance is a way of life.

The Impact of Fatigue

Athletes are more in tune with a performance lifestyle approach because they regularly prepare for events where officials, the media, and the public judge the results of their preparation. They can’t cover up their fatigue the way many non-athletes attempt to do because it will show in their performance in an accentuated way.

But you don’t need to be a sports or fitness enthusiast to recognize how fatigue impacts performance. It’s true for all of us. You can’t cover up fatigue for long.

Restoring Your Energy

Even in athletics, there is still a bias toward focusing more on sophisticated training systems than on the one thing that powers the results they are training to achieve—replenishing energy. Energy restoration guides the regeneration of all human capacities, from memory to muscle repair and more.

To get better results with your fitness tracker or sports tracker, you must sufficiently recuperate. Even the most sophisticated fitness tracker won’t do squat for you unless you have enough energy. Without adequate energy, you’ll just be the smartest person still suffering from the hidden lifestyle challenge of fatigue

This is why it’s of the utmost importance to track daily strain and recovery needs over all other metrics.

The New Big Thing

Performance Lifestyle Advisor Ian Jennings, renowned strength and conditioning coach and author of Coaches’ Guide to Enhancing Recovery in Athletes: A Multidimensional Approach to Developing a “Performance Lifestyle”  states that “fitness-fatigue theory is the basis of performance lifestyle training.”

He goes on to say, “Under-recovery will always compromise performance, and to be effective, any performance-enhancement program must ensure that recovery is as well-planned and programmed as the athletes training.”

This statement is true whether you’re into sports or not. You are always spending your life force energy and recuperating; it’s a never-ending process. And this is why I think measuring daily strain and recovery is the new big thing.

Getting Results with a Fitness Tracker

So what’s the one way to get better results with your fitness tracker? Optimize your lifestyle to make the behavioral changes you need to perform better. If you want the numbers to improve on your fitness tracker, this is the way to do it. You won’t see the progress you want unless you have enough energy to support your goals.

Fitness, sports, and activity trackers require changes in lifestyle and training to be effective. You need to leverage the data to make lifestyle changes that result in increased energy, health, and performance. Just knowing that you are taking 10,000 steps is probably the most common way to use a fitness tracker. But walking in and of itself is not a hard practice to master.

It’s the pulse rate, strain, recovery, and training metrics that require the biggest changes. Resolving the factors that result in excess strain and lack of recovery can be challenging because so many of us are performance addicted. The simple act of getting more sleep and managing recovery requires training so you know how to create boundaries and change your priorities to avoid incessant activity and make more time for recuperation.

With 123 million fitness trackers, activity trackers, and sports trackers expected to be sold by/in 2020, the march is on to do something with all this self-quantified data and knowledge about our behavior patterns. That something is performance lifestyle training and coaching.

Do you know what needs to change to alter the numbers and results in your life?

Combining Your Fitness Tracker with a Performance Lifestyle 

A performance lifestyle is all about optimizing your lifestyle to look, feel, and perform better. The emphasis is on the regular, systematic recuperation required in today’s performance culture so you can live with the optimal energy levels that make all three of those outcomes possible.

Every principle, practice, and strategy in a performance lifestyle is health-promoting as a given, not the end goal. This creates the framework you need to focus on your life goals without being distracted or held back by hidden lifestyle challenges.

One practical application for the data from your fitness tracker is to use it to guide the lifestyle optimizations you learn about in Performance Lifestyle training. Once you measure your performance using the credible and useful stats provided by wearable fitness trackers like Whoop or Fitbit; Performance Lifestyle training can help you move the needle and improve your numbers.

Human performance is not just a function of willpower and the psychological strength to get things done. It’s about knowing what powers the body and brain and employing the essential lifestyle skills to perform and succeed in a way that’s balanced and healthy.

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To do that, you must master the primary requirement of human health and performance—regenerating your life force energy. Learn how to harness, maintain, manage, and sustain the vital performance energy that is consumed by stress throughout the day.

Fitness trackers typically give you a better understanding of what you’re doing with all your energy. But what are you doing to make sure you have enough energy? This is the reason we love Whoop as much as we do.

If you have a fitness tracker, get the most out of your wearable fitness device by signing up for Performance Lifestyle training. If you don’t have an activity tracker yet, you can get the tracker and the training together. With this combination, you have a powerful solution for successfully making changes in your lifestyle and “unlocking human performance.”

Performance Optimization. The Lifestyle Approach.

There is a new approach in town to Performance Optimization or optimal performance. It’s called Performance Lifestyle.

First, what is Performance Optimization?

Well if you were to search the term, one of the first responses you would pull up would be a document from the US department of defense that defines human performance optimization ~as the relatively precise, controlled and combined application of certain substances and devices over the short and long-term to achieve optimization in a person or unit’s performance overall.”

That definition seems fairly limited to me when you consider how much low hanging fruit there is in each of our lifestyle’s to help us perform better in life, in business, in sport or creative pursuits.

Consider how you think, eat, train, recuperate, plan, focus and more. It goes without saying that these core essentials of lifestyle alone could stand a level-up in each of our lives as persons, parents, professionals who may also be into the military, sports, creative pursuits on top of “life” itself.

Which is not say that devices and substances (hopefully we’re talking food and supplements here) don’t play a role and a significant one at that.

Matter of fact, one device we’re paying attention to is Whoop, a performance optimization system. What we like so much about this is that it addresses with a device, as we do with training and now with the addition of a device such as Whoop what really yields an increase in performance more than anything else, and that is recuperation—understanding our need for sleep, rest, recovery, relaxation and meditation, and rejuvenation.

First, there is a new term for this on the scene in the last 10 years or so, and it’s called Regeneration – its renewal through the internal processes of a body or system. Something which embodies this action can be described as regenerative.

Long before you start talking about what most people think of in terms of regeneration in humans or other animal life—the regrowth of lost tissues or organs in response to injury as we see when human’s heal a cut or a star fish regenerates a lost arm or leg or tentacle (not sure what you call them at the time of this writing) you have to have the life force energy within to be able to do that.

Life l?f/—The life force energy that distinguishes animals and plants from inorganic matter, including the capacity for growth, reproduction, functional activity, and continual change preceding death.

What is THAT energy? 

To cut to the chase, it’s the energy that devices like Whoop are now beginning to measure, by measuring strain and recovery so you can better determine your sleep requirements for the day ahead that you expect to have or want to have. Now we’re getting to the heart of performance optimization. Everything else is topical; integral, but not dealing with the source of performance that all other tactics depend on.

In life, knowing that energy is everything and everything depends on this vital energy is essential. The thing is, the energy we’re talking about most of us have taken for granted for far too long because you can’t see it or touch it. Measuring it is subjective and if you want a more objective measurement it requires specialized gear like Whoop.

Nonetheless, you experience this, your primary source of energy, every minute of every day, and while you know when it’s depleted you often won’t know how depleted until you hit the wall—an athletic term to describe depleted energy.

Why is simple, we all fall for the stimulant delusion pretty regularly and that is the rising energy from stimulants of any kind, thinking that we can sustain that output when we can’t.  It’s your battery power, your body is the battery, and it’s easy to misinterpret how much power you have unless you are informed and skilled.

Today, we are spending that battery power more than we’re recuperating it, and it’s causing too many of us to downward-spiral in a life situation that continues to get worse because we are lacking sufficient energy levels and the health and performance that’s depends on it is degenerating. It’s because we’re living with an underlying personal energy deficit or “debt” that compromises human function and therefore your lifestyle which reinforces the vicious cycle.

According to Statista, people wake up tired on average 3-4 days per week. They were measuring people who sleep a total of 6-8 hours a day.

Infographic: Americans Are Tired Most Of The Week | Statista due to a lack of performance optimization

Due to a lack of performance optimization and the performance lifestyle that results, most americans are tired almost all the time.

You will find more statistics at Statista

Now if you are on planet earth with even a modicum of motivation, generally, 6-8 hours of sleep alone (usually meaning the total time in bed) is not enough to recuperate from your energy spend especially in these superbusy post modern days of our lives where people seem divorced from an understanding of what’s driving the whole show.

If you think that energy is merely the result of what you eat and drink or how you think (psychology) and that you go to sleep merely because it’s dark, everyone else is doing it and your tired (but don’t know why), chances are you are living in a chronic state of energy debt (think drag) because you don’t value sleep enough or understand the profound impact it’s having on your life or the lack thereof.

Here at Performance Lifestyle Inc, getting you out of that debt is priority number one.

This is the core of living in balance, the key health and peace of mind and of course, performance, which never sustains unless you have balance, health and to a certain extent peace of mind (or freedom from monkey mind).

So performance optimization needs to start with optimizing energy. 

And that’s just one of the things I like about Whoop because it measures strain and helps us gauge how much recovery we need. This is something those who are not sports athletes and have no athletic experience from the past, don’t even think about on a daily basis until they hit the wall and run out of energy thinking the problem is something different.

But we need to be thinking about strain and recover. You don’t have to be a sports athlete to understand that strain and recovery, the balance between spending energy and recuperating that energy is the key to performance optimization. No intention or plan or program for performance enhancement will sustain for long if you are spending more vital energy than you are recuperating.

Performance Lifestyle Advisor Ian Jeffreys, one of the most renowned strength and conditioning coaches in the world, states it this way in his book, a Coaches Guide to Enhancing recovering in Athletes, a Multi-Dimensional Approach to Developing a Performance Lifestyle.

The Performance Lifestyle provides coaches and athletes (anyone who wants to improve their performance) with a structure around which to build individualized and multidimensional recovery strategies that both optimize energy and maximize performance levels. They will also build skills to optimize performance both within and outside the athletic arena.

The multidimensional approach will be the preferred system of recovery in the future, and the Performance Lifestyle provides coaches and their clients with the tools to initiate this in their programs starting today.

He goes on to say…

Athletes only will only achieve optimal performance if the balance exists between training and recovery regardless of how sophisticated the training system is.

Now if that’s true for athletes, can you imagine how true that is for people who may not be into sports or even fitness enthusiasts, but are working 300+ days a year, running businesses, families and with other pursuits?

Performance Optimization is for everyone with a body and a goal (a real one). 

The combination of wearable technology, lifestyle training and coaching to move the dial and improve the numbers is the new way to live for more energy, better health and the performance we all depend on. Goodbye to diets and one-fit-for-all workout programs divorced from the unresolved realities of your life that distract and hold you back.

By first understanding energy—how it is created and maintained, managed and sustained for performance— you’ll begin the rise of a new lifestyle, with all the essential skills that support you across the board, and in the achievement of your goals.

This is performance optimization.

Performance Lifestyle Advisor Ari Whitten

Performance Lifestyle Inc. would like to welcome Ari Whitten the#1 bestselling author of the cutting-edge book, Forever Fat Loss and the creator of ground-breaking Energy Blueprint system. He is a nutrition and lifestyle expert who has been running a nutrition counseling and personal training business for over a decade.

Ari has a Bachelor’s of Science from San Diego State University in Kinesiology with a specialization in fitness, nutrition, and health. He holds two advanced certifications from the National Academy of Sports Medicine and recently completed coursework for his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, an education which rounds out all aspects–nutrition, fitness, and psychology–of his approach to optimal health.

Ari is an ardent researcher who has obsessively devoted the last two decades of his life to the pursuit of being on the cutting-edge of the science on health, fitness, and nutrition.

Ari’s work has two primary aims:

1. Maximizing overall vitality and energy levels.
2. To achieve permanent fat loss by working with your biology, rather than the painful and temporary fat loss one gets through programs that work against your biology.

We are excited to be working with Ari Whitten as his understanding of the science of human energy and living with optimal energy levels is among the best out there today, even among top scientists.

We are also happy to be promoting The Energy Blueprint that Ari Whitten spearheaded to consolidate the never-before-assembled body of science on energy, that Performance Lifestyler’s need.

This research is very consumable and supplements the Performance Living 101 work we offer our student clients here at Performance Lifestyle Inc. In our view it’s it’s mandatory learning for anyone looking to live with optimal energy levels, and or helping others in the fields of health and human performance.

Start Thinking Like an Athlete, It Will Transform Your Life In 4 Ways

Here’s an excerpt from The Rise of a New Lifestyle. It has to do with you waking up to the fact that “if you have a body, you are an athlete.”

That’s a quote from Bill Bowerman, founder of Nike.

You’re wearing the clothes, now just imagine if you had the lifestyle that goes with it!

In beholds the proactive seed, the spark, and the identity of those people who optimize the way they live for energy, health, and performance. When you starting thinking like an “enlightened” athlete, whether you are into sports or not at present or ever, you’ll be amazed what happens, especially when you know how

This is the essential insight for driven business professionals, entrepreneurs, small business owners, executives, and managers, people like you who typically have families and potentially athletic or creative pursuits to boot, that will enable you to begin living balanced and healthy, performance lifestyles.

You see, we’re not just stepping up our game here as we hear so often, we’re leveling up our style of play so we can: 

  • Get free of hidden lifestyle challenges like excess stress and energy deficits too and begin living with optimal energy levels,
  • Heal the painful disconnect between energy, health, and performance, and
  • Better achieve even our most ambitious goals with the endurance and quality of life we need and want in the process.

Personal and professional performance starts with learning how to live with optimal energy levels so that high-level health and sustained function is possible. 

This energy-rich performance we’re pointing to is not the result of a new series of motivating thoughts, or simply something you swallow, eat or drink… or for that matter, just getting a little extra sleep here and there; as if, your lifestyle where something operating in parallel to how you achieve your goals. It’s not.

It’s the result of:

  1. Understanding Energy: the secret science of harnessing optimal energy so that you understand where “vitality” comes from and how to avoid prolonged periods of fatigue.Too many of us have gotten soft and fragile because we’ve been working against what our evolved biology requires for strength. When you learn this energy blueprint, you will finally begin to understand how you really need to operate as a human being if you want abundant energy.
  2. The Core Lifestyle Routines: everyone (97% or more) either doesn’t know or lives out of alignment with the cycles that give rise to life force (energy) leaving them with at least a low-grade fatigue that is distracting and holding them back.Fatigue is an example of a hidden lifestyle challenge and to get out of it, requires an understanding of what we call Performance Living 101, the secrets of living with optimal energy levels.
  3. Living Balanced and Healthy Successfully: These are no longer fluffy words the wellness world can throw around.Balanced, means you have a wide enough array of lifestyle skills to approach life by taking the right steps, at the right level, with the right level of intensity and consistently so that you reach your goals without burning out.  Like links in a chain, every essential link is strong, and power is the result.Healthy means your lifestyle does not directly promote disease, like the way so many people do with the way they eat (for example) … every day. To live balanced and healthy successfully you’ve got to optimize your lifestyle and nutrition is only 8.3% of the lifestyle equation.
  4. Focusing on Performance: People wake up to be successful every day, not balanced and healthy. That’s the given, and we must be skillful at achieving our goals—what we are up to in our lives, with our families, in our career’s and businesses and potentially a challenge or sport, creative pursuit or cause—without trading our health and wellbeing for it.All of these layers of development will form your lifestyle and your lifestyle all about how you achieve your goals.

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