As the focus on total body fitness, injury recovery and better movement continue to be the trend in the fitness industry, deep water fitness is becoming more and more popular. This is a great story on the benefits of water exercise.
Whether or not Serena was being coached or not from the stands, she lost and Naomi Osaka won. Serena, one of the greatest champions in the sport was unquestionably beaten by her opponent. The fact that the referee made some controversial calls are part of the sport and Serena let these calls get the best of her emotions and subsequently, she lost.
In his recent article titled; How Tiger Woods has played himself into a corner, ESPN sportswriter Bob Harig brings up a simple, yet powerful question that every athlete or participant in sport needs to ponder and answer. "How do you balance the need to prepare with the need to rest and recuperate?"
We have just one body, why not keep it working and tuned up for a lifetime of movement and activity?
What is your plan for your body? We are all trained to go to school to study and develop our minds and intellect and practical skills so that we can be better and more productive workers, but what about our bodies? Do you have a long-term body development plan?
"My general fitness is for me, because it's health and it makes me feel good." - "Then there's the elite-level fitness that I have to get to so I can compete well, I see that more as a job and it's not enjoyable." Bode Miller, Olympic Gold Medal skier. November 15, 2016. Max Berlinger.
I have known Bill Rodgers for the last 12 years. He is a member of my health club and a regular participant in the Swymfit® deep water, movement based exercise program as well as lap swimming. When Bill and I first met, he was recovering from a leg injury and was working to overcome a gait imbalance. The deep water program I developed helped him to recover from this injury, improve his gait and continue running.
This past week, I attended the American College of Sports Medicine annual conference. This is where much of the high level scientific research is disseminated in the health and fitness field. The presenters are generally MD's, PhD's and MD/PhD's. It is from this research and organization that the exercise guidelines are created for the health and fitness industry.
"You can work hard and feel good, while still getting yourself strong and healthy"
Water exercise is versatile. You can work in deep or shallow water:
Looking back on his career, Miller spoke to Hicks about how he wanted to be remembered. "I hope people see truth when I ski," said Miller. "I don't have an agenda when I'm out there. I don't try to cover things up or look cool. Skiing is such a raw sport and people pick out what they want to see.
"That would be something I would hope would stand out - the honesty of my skiing."
"I truly believe that pressure is what you make it," Shiffrin said after coming from behind to win the slalom. "And if you work hard enough and you prepare well enough, no matter how much pressure you feel, you can still perform."
Quote taken from ESPN W. Feb 21, 2015. Mikaela Shiffrin talking about her gold medal in the World Championships in Beaver Creek Colorado.