Performance Medicine™ ~ Inside Out Snowshoeing

“Think from the inside out.”
~ Coach Steve Ilg

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Optimal health – like improved sport performance – is our responsibility.

Performance Medicine™ is an innovative medical specialty that analyzes physiological and biochemical metrics and modifies environmental factors to transcend the essence of health, performance, and potential in life and sport.

Performance Medicine™ is grounded in the following precepts:

Endurance Capacity

Endurance represents the ability of an organism to exert itself for prolonged periods and swiftly recover from trauma and fatigue. It represents the ability to persevere despite overwhelming hardship or adverse conditions.

Longs-Peak-SummitAdaptation to this stress type will spare glycogen stores, mitigate lactate production, and enhance fat oxidation in the spirit of optimal health and sport performance.

Body Composition

Decreasing body fat is beneficial for optimal health and performance.

Body composition refers to the proportion of lean body mass [highly correlated with muscle mass] to fat mass in a person. Improving body composition involves decreasing body fat while maintaining or adding muscle.

There are a plethora of reasons for losing body fat from maintaining health and well­being, excellence in sport via improved quickness, agility, and enhanced performance, or simply to look and feel better.

Restrictive caloric dietary plans will provide insufficient fuel for exertion, compromise training adaptations, and deliver suboptimal results.

A more prudent approach is to provide adequate energy to fuel exercise and allow endogenous fat stores to play a vital role in attaining a lean athletic physique.

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Decreasing body fat does not adversely affect strength or power production. A loss in body fat, and therefore body weight, improves the power-­to-­weight ratio, an important determinant of endurance performance.

A higher power-­to­-weight ratio translates into greater speed and quickness which is vital for athletes who participate in sports demanding short high ­intensity and explosive bursts.

  • Benefits of a metabolic efficient dietary pattern include:
  • Reduced cravings;
  • Improved satiety;
  • Increased thermogenic response;
  • Controlled blood sugar [hormonal stability]

Metabolic Efficiency

Metabolic efficiency is a concept grounded in blood sugar management. Dietary intake has a profound impact on this concept, optimal health, and your snowshoeing performance.

Metabolic efficiency is the body’s ability to utilize its endogenous stores of carbohydrate and fat at varying intensities and durations of exercise and rest.

It is focused on the manipulation of the daily nutrition plan and the contribution from different types of exercise. It is a nutrition [75 percent] and exercise [25 percent] intervention.

Metabolic efficiency is an easy, sustainable, non­restrictive, flexible plan with blood sugar control and optimization the outcome.

It is focused on the manipulation of the symbiotic relationship between diet and exercise.

metabolic testingEffective dietary manipulation and exercise adaptation will enhance mitochondrial capacity, propel redox signaling, mitigate insulin spikes, decrease caloric needs, and have a profound effect on health markers related to chronic and degenerative diseases.

Metabolic efficiency creates the enviable quality of significantly reduced caloric intake during exertion because the body is proficient at fat oxidation even at high intensity.

Its far-­reaching, cost-­effective benefits have the potential to transform health care.

Metabolic efficiency merges four disciplines [exercise physiology, biochemistry, nutrition, and metabolism] with behavior modification to come full circle.

Disease Prevention

Preventive health care is our responsibility. The state of health is too often taken for granted until it is too late. Endurance athletes are no exception.

Nutrition represents the cornerstone of optimal sport performance and wellness. Our fuel choices ought to nourish our bodies not zap energy. The snowshoer who ingests acidic whey protein, for example, is merely sabotaging his/her effort to maximize recovery, pH balance, and amino acid profile.

Measuring physiological and biochemical performance on a continuum where the law of diminishing returns is ever-present is a delicate balance. Implementing the requisite modifications to optimize both longevity and sport performance is paramount.

316px-J_curve.svgThe J curve demonstrates the relationship between longevity or performance (NX) and exposure to any given environmental factor over time.

Longevity or performance is improved at A compared to B.

Improvement with time deteriorates at C or until a negative or harmful effect is predicted.

Performance Medicine™ is the opposite of the current medical paradigm. Its clientele have made the commitment to manifest optimal health and human performance seeking synergistic solutions to the causation of issues versus masking the symptoms.

When you make the decision to honor your body – it will honor you. It is at this stage one begins to understand the difference between effort and struggle.

This changes everything….

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About the author

Jeff Kildahl, Wellness Editor

Jeff Kildahl is a writer, author, wellness consultant and philanthropist advancing preventive health care by synthesizing primary source nutrition and fitness as the principal components of the practice of medicine.

Kildahl is a sponsored vegan ultra-endurance athlete credentialed in bioenergetics, biomechanics, metabolic efficiency™ testing, sport nutrition, and natural medicine. He is a dynamic member of CUBE™ ~ a professional speakers group ~ empowering others to harmonize the "Keys to Living in the Song of Life."

He is the wellness editor at Snowshoe Magazine, United States Snowshoe Association columnist, and contributor to health, fitness and wellness sites, blogs and publications. He is a US-based ultra-endurance athlete and philanthropist for the 100 FOR 100 Movement ~

Kildahl is the creator and president of The Wholistic Edge® ~ a visionary firm providing synergistic solutions to transcend health, performance, and potential in life and sport from the inside out via the principles of Performance Medicine™ ~

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