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One of the key building blocks of human wellbeing is optimal recovery. But how can you track recovery? And how to make sure that when needed, you’re ready for your peak performance?
Here’s what Leanne Spencer has to say about optimal recovery and peak performance. Leanne is an inspiring entrepreneur, performance coach, speaker, author, and the founder of Bodyshot Performance, company focusing on the promotion of personalized health, fitness and wellbeing.
Recovery, I think, is absolutely vital and it’s underappreciated both in the corporate world and also to a degree amongst the recreational athletes that we work with.
What I’ve learned about recovery with myself is that it’s as important as training, and I’ve given it a lot of priority over the last couple of years. The way I’ll do that is focus on sleep. I’ll focus on my mental health, understanding what are the energy sources coming into my body, and how can I spend that energy wisely.
I’m interested in recovery from the aspect of biohacking as well; what can I use that’s in science, technology or nature to biohack my recovery. Breathing exercises are one really good example of that, meditation and the use of antioxidants and supplementation is another.
I think that in terms of trends in recovery optimization, we’re going to see more people understanding that recovery is as important as training. And I think we’re going to see more people appreciating that being under-recovered is detrimental to their health.
Leanne Spencer and Antonia Bannasch at the Biohacker Summit in Stockholm.
I think what we’ll notice is people using technology more, things like the Oura ring, so that you can gauge your readiness, gauge have recovered you are. It will become quite standard for people to wear that type of a device.
I also think other kinds of wearables, like continuous glucose monitoring, will become very popular. I think people will be quantifying themselves much more in terms of blood testing. These are some of the key trends that I’ve noticed.
My tips for optimal recovery are tune into your body, understand how important sleep is. Take micro breaks throughout the day. Focus on something that changes your physiology from sympathetic to parasympathetic dominance, something like meditation and breathing.
Schedule regular breaks. Take regular holidays, get out in the sun and natural light when you can. Spend a little time tuning into how you feel: just sit still for five minutes and think ‘how do I feel’? Do I feel ready for the day I’ve got?
Say no to more things.
The final tip would be say no to more things. Go into your diary, have a look what you’ve got coming up, and if you don’t think it’s wise for you to do that, or you don’t feel energized about that stuff, say no to it. Clear it off the decks and just focus on stuff that’s really important to you that meets your values.
Optimal recovery links me into peak performance. To me, peak performance does not mean operating at your peak all year round, but it means that when it matters, you’re ready, you’re working at your peak. That might be something that’s work related, or personal, but it’s really about getting yourself geared up for that peak performance.
An athlete is not at peak performance all year around.
I always use the analogy of an athlete. An athlete is not at peak performance all year around. Let’s take Serena Williams, the tennis athlete, as an example. She will be getting herself ready for the grand events, she’ll then be deloading, getting herself going again with a couple of satellite events, and then going for big events. So, she will be flexing her schedule and adjusting her physiology, fitness and recovery in accordance with that. And I think we as business people need to do more of that.
The moments in my life when I need peak performance will be busy times at work; when I’m on stage presenting to people, or if I’ve got workshops that I’m delivering. In my personal life, if I’ve got an event coming up: a sporting event, a significant event where I want to be energized like a hiking weekend or even a holiday. You want to be on a good form on a holiday, and certainly when you come back!
Human potential is infinite, but we need to appreciate recovery.
We need to balance the demands we make on our mind, body and spirit, with blending in different kinds of recovery protocols and not forgetting heartfulness, which is all about having fun and doing things that you love and contributing to the wider society. So, I think a capacity for peak performance is huge if we just focus on recovery to make sure that we’re returning up as our best selves when we want to.
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