You don’t have to drop thousands on
blood tests and a cryo tank to achieve
better physical energy and mental
clarity. Here are a few no- or low-cost
performance hacks that work as
well for stressed executives as they
do for the pros.
PERIODIZE YOUR PERFORMANCE
Whether you’re ramping up for a product
launch or a marathon, gradually increase
workload volume and intensity over
time, and build in downtime afterward
to recover for the next big effort.
EAT FOR ENERGY
Whatever your meeting schedule, never
go more than two to three hours without
getting some calories. Add protein, like
almond butter, to a high-carbohydrate
snack to avoid a sugar crash.
MORE SLEEP IS BETTER
Starting a company is a 24/7 job, but
there’s a reason elite older athletes like
Roger Federer and Deena Kastor sleep
10 or more hours a day in a blackout-dark room with their cell phones shut off.
If you can’t get that much, improve sleep
quality by aiming for the same bedtime
USE POSITIVE SELF-TALK
Clinical trials show endurance athletes
who maintain an upbeat inner monologue
run faster and longer as a result. When
you need a shot of motivation, talk to
yourself. (Just not too loudly.)
How to Win
to nutrition, recovery,
and exercise won’t
turn you into LeBron.
But they will make
your game better—
whatever it is.