It is important to recognize when you are at your best (also called your Prime Time “PT”) and to try to make the best of it. While most of us are somewhat restricted by the schedule of the BJJ academy / gym we train at, there are still a couple of things we can do to optimize our use of this rhythmic cycle:
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1. Watch what you eat. A heavy (or even moderate) meal can make you lethargic and sleepish, especially if includes a glass of wine or the like (big no-no). One of the best tips I could give you for this is to always include a small portion of protein in your meals. I personally try to stick to the Warrior Diet where I eat mostly fruit and vegetables thru-out the day, but I still include some peanut butter, some mozzarella / feta cheese or a boiled egg with the meals. Protein has many functions but in this context, I use it to slow the uptake of carbs into the blood stream.
2. Stay hydrated. Even l% dehydration can cause symptoms such as headaches, dry eyes, loss of concentration and irritability (not the best person to play iChoke with!). Always stay hydrated and make pure water your best friend.
3. Use your prime time. If your academy only has evening sessions and you feel that your prime time is early mornings before work, why not use 10-15 minutes of that time to do some yoga, swiss ball drills, meditation or even some running or other cardio. Even better, ask around and see if someone is willing to do some rolling or drills in the morning at the academy. I warn you however, the mats will be cold.
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How about you my Part Time Grappler friends? When is your PT? What can you do to optimize your day?
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