Three steps to optimal performance anyone can follow

The 180 Formula can help you determine the heart rate at which to start low intensity running practice

“Both health and fitness are requirements for optimal human performance, but we should not sacrifice one for the other.” Dr. Phil Maffetone, creator of the MAF method (Maximum Aerobic Function).

I am reading his E-book on the MAF method, which I highly recommend for anyone interested in optimizing performance. In that book, he speaks about the “fit but unhealthy” paradox and ways to avoid that trap. 

Three things I have been practicing and which I am joyfully discovering as part of the MAF method, which optimized so many sports, music, and other performers for decades since the 1970s.

He says: “A key to achieving optimal human performance is unlocking something that resides in each of us – the potential to burn high levels of fat for fuel. This, in turn, leads to better health, increased physical and mental energy, and greater performance.”

What I love about Dr. Phil Maffetone is his completely ignoring trends or fads. He simply seeks to make human performance and life better. His principles are simple, natural, and holistic. He speaks about nutrition, exercise, and stress as the three pillars of his method. 

Here are three steps that will get you closer to better health and performance:

  1. 1. Stop eating junk food. If possible, eliminate refined sugar and carbohydrates from your nutrition completely.

2. Start using fat as your body’s primary fuel by “specifically training the aerobic system through easy exercise.” Balance aerobic and anaerobic workouts and do not overdo them; follow your heart rate for accurate intensity (the 180 formula). 

  1. 3. Learn how to manage your stress. Prioritize sleep and recovery. Start a daily intentional breathing time or a meditation practice.
For more information about the MAF method, buy this book.

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