3BT: Best and Worst Sunscreens, Balanced Exercise Routines, and Grit

Swiped from Tim Ferris’s 5-Bullet Friday, I’m doing my own Three Bullet Thursday. These are 3 things I’m thinking about this week…

1. Are you Overtraining or Under-Recovering?

Dr. John Berardi over at Precision Nutrition has nailed it yet again with this piece. We at SRSC have been saying it for years and it’s nice to have some good back-up: Intense workouts can ruin your results.

It’s a must read. You’ll learn:

  • Why it can backfire when you exercise more, exercise harder, cut more calories, or add more training days
  • What your “allostatic load” is and how it helps determine how much exercise you should do
  • How your body and mind should actually feel when you’re doing the right amount and intensity of exercise – is this how you feel with your current routine?
  • The tell-tale signs that you are overtrained or under-recovered
  • What happens if you keep training too much or too hard – and this is not something you want to experience!
  • And most important: how to build a balanced exercise routine that gets you long-term, sustainable results

2. Environmental Working Group’s 10th Annual Guide to Safer Sunscreens

Unfortunately, almost 75% of the sunscreens available on the market in the United States were deemed toxic or ineffective by the Environmental Working Group.

The best way to avoid exposure to the hormone-disrupting chemicals of sunscreen is to avoid sunscreen as much as possible, and instead:

  • stay in the shade as much as possible
  • bring an umbrella to make your own shade
  • wear large-brimmed hats
  • cover your skin with light shawls or long sleeves when in the sun

If you do need to slather yourself with sunscreen, definitely find out which sunscreens are both safe and effective by checking here.

You can also download the guide here.

3. “Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance”

This book was just released in early May and I’ve been listening to it on Audible. Author Angela Duckworth is a MacArthur Fellow with a background in Neuroscience and Psychology that wanted to examine the age-old question of which matters more in achievement: talent or hard work? She looks at some really interesting examples – from West Point cadets to National Spelling Bee finalists to Julia Child (who didn’t find her passion for cooking until later in life) – and says that “grit” is the determining factor in one’s success.

She defines grit as: passion + perseverance.

She also says that: talent x effort = skill and skill x effort = achievement.

Note that effort counts twice. That’s pretty important.

What do you think?

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