SHEEX Athlete Sleep Ambassador Brad Walker, the American Record Holder in the Pole Vault, shares his tips for healthy goal setting that will benefit you all year long! Follow Brad on Twitter for more updates and exclusive deals on SHEEX!
By Brad Walker
Goal setting seems easy enough, but I see people over and over again struggle on how to set realistic goals. The most common problem…they shoot too high. Yes too high, and this is coming from a guy who jumps as high as the average house for a living and who claims his next goal is the world record.
Setting clear attainable goals keeps me focused, determined, and satisfied. There are many people in my sport who talk about the world record, yet haven’t even jumped 19′ which is a far cry from 20 feet 2 inches (the current world record). Setting the bar unattainably high at any given time makes it feel like more of a dream. If a goal seems so far out of reach it can become less motivating because of the mountain of work you know you must accomplish to come anywhere close to it.
While not everyone is shooting for the world record, many people set high goals for themselves regarding either losing weight or getting into better shape. Many people believe that they need to make a super drastic lifestyle change: change my diet, no more junk food, no more beer, no more sleeping in, get up early and go to the gym before work, eat salads for every meal, etc. etc. What happens? It becomes a mountain of work that is so drastic from your daily life, it lasts for a week and nothing sticks. Time to set some new goals, ones that are easily attainable, and satisfying.
Here are three health goals Brad uses to stay on track that will help you achieve better health and your personal goals too!
Goal #1. MAKE….IT….FUN. You can get exercise by playing ball, hiking, kayaking, swimming, playing volleyball, cross country skiing or a million other things. Don’t get up an hour before an already dreadful alarm and try to pump out weights before breakfast. Enjoy what you choose to do. I try to get people who are short on time to wake up to their morning coffee on an exercise bike for 15 minutes. It will not only stimulate your metabolism for the rest of the day, it will even make your coffee more efficient. And don’t think it isn’t enough, 15 minutes of exercise is better than 0 min of exercise. Remember, small attainable goals.
Goal #2. Want to change your diet? Stick to unprocessed foods. If it comes in a box, and has words you can’t pronounce, put it down. Stick to the outside edge of the grocery store and pick up fruits, veggies, and meats. If that’s too hard, just do that for a couple of days in a row. Two pieces of advice for the non cook: one, spend as much money as you would for an entire knife block, on one good chefs knife. You won’t regret it. Two, buy a veggie steamer and a rice cooker. They are “do-it-yourselfers”–put in your food, push a button, out comes perfectly cooked fresh food with minimal effort and cleanup.
Goal #3. Sleep more! We’ve all seen the studies about how the average person is sleeping less and less. All sorts of good things happen while we are deep asleep and recovery is at it’s absolute highest. Good hormones are being pumped out to deal with the days stress and rejuvenate us for the next morning and countless other body processes. Get comfortable. There is no better way to do that then with SHEEX which help regulate an optimal body temperature for sleep! I am very serious about how nice it is to jump into a cozy, comfortable bed to end the night, and SHEEX does it better than any other bedding I have tried. It really does make a difference. Finally, my last piece of advice, if you have to wake up to an alarm, make it a peaceful one. Over Christmas I overheard my dads alarm (the ridiculously aggressive nuclear bomb alarm on the iPhone) and almost jumped out of bed swinging!! Lets keep the stress and dread of that awful wake-up to a minimum.
Most people set resolutions for new Year’s that they may or may not be deeply committed to. Our SHEEX Athlete Sleep Ambassadors continually set athletic, training and personal goals throughout the entire year that they commit every waking (and sleeping) moment to achieving. These goals may shift depending on the training or competition cycle (off season versus competitive season) and are ready to be re-evaluated when life’s curveballs get thrown their way (like Nate Burleson’s season ending injury last fall). Consider this same strategy of setting seasonal goals that are flexible to fit with reality, rather than difficult resolutions that may be impossible to keep for 365 days!
Here are some of the goals and plans of the SHEEX Athletes:
Brad Walker (Pole Vault) is always one to aim high and his 2013 goal is to jump the World Record! He also will be devoting his time and energy to building the Atlas Pole Vault Center in Arizona with the goal to support and develop the world’s bets pole vaulters!
Lawrence Siegel (MMA) wants to fight his way to a brown belt this year. He also was victorious in love and got engaged in December!
Rafael Campos (Golf) is gearing up once again for the 2013 PGA Latino America Circuit.
Nate Burleson (Football/Detroit Lions) is excelling in rehab and he is off crutches. His goal for 2013 is to get healthy and contribute to a playoff run. Nate wants to come back and bring the team together, improve the leadership in the locker room and on the field.
Nicole Smith (Golf) is excited and training hard for her rookie season on the LPGA Tour!
What are your goals for the first quarter of 2013?
From Olympic Track and Field to USA Bobsled, SHEEX Sleep Ambassador Hyleas Fountain is an All-Around Athlete
SHEEX Sleep Ambassador Hyleas Fountain is an Olympic Track and Field athlete. Her event is the Heptathlon, a multidisciplinary contest that tests true athletic ability through seven events (100 meter hurdles, high jump, shot put, 200 meters, long jump, javelin throw and 800 meter run). Hyleas is the 2008 Olympic Silver Medalist (Beijing) and came into the London Olympics with high hopes for Gold after winning the U.S. Olympic Trials in July.
Unfortunately a back injury sustained during the Games derailed her dream. Just a few months later, Hyleas is proving that she is truly an all-around great athlete. Rather than waiting for the next Track and Field season or Summer Olympic season to jump back into competition, Hyleas made a big change–she tried out for the USA Bobsled Team!
The Bobsled event requires a high level of speed and technical athletic ability, which is not foreign to the multi-talented Hyleas. When asked about her new endeavor Hyleas stated,
“Today starts a new adventure for me. God has opened a door and I am walking in with 100% confidence. I am heading to New York to try out for the USA Bobsled Team. It’s something I have wanted to do for some time but the timing was never right until now. Keep me in your prayers that I make the Team. Oh, and by the way, yes I am still doing Track and Field.”
The results are promising, as Hyleas finished in familiar territory, atop the podium, in her first season of Bobsled finishing receiving the bronze medal at the North American Cup with teammate Megan Hill.
Could Hyleas be the first woman to medal at both the Summer and Winter Olympic Games? The potential is certainly there for this SHEEX Sleep Ambassador.
The 2012 London Olympics are upon us and Team SHEEX is ready to watch, support and cheer on athletes competing in the world’s most prestigious athletic event!
Part of the Olympic prestige comes from the fact that the Games are held once every four years, giving the athletes few chances to give their best performances. While not as exclusive as the Olympics themselves, SHEEX is proud to announce a limited quantity of our Performance Cotton bedding. While cotton typically does not go hand in hand with the word “performance,” SHEEX Performance Cotton is enhanced to manage temperature, a great addition to your bedroom during these hot summer months!
SHEEX Sleep Ambassador Hyleas Fountain is London bound! On Saturday June 30, 2012 Fountain won the Women’s Heptathlon at the U.S. Olympic Trials in an Olympic A Standard qualifying score of 6,419 points. The Heptathlon is a 2-day event which tests true athletic ability through a tough series of events that include long jump, javelin, 100 meter hurdles, shot put, high jump, 200 meters and 800 meters. Fountain won the Silver Medal at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing and will compete for the Gold in London while representing the United States.
Prior to the competition, Hyleas tweeted and spoke about traveling with her SHEEX Sleep Sax which helps her sleep like a pro in order to perform at her best. Traveling with SHEEX to the Olympic Trials certainly paid off and rest-assured she will use the same game plan as she takes on the World at the Olympic Games, commencing on July 27th.
SHEEX Athlete Ambassadors Hyleas Fountain and David Oliver will step up to the line at the Olympic Trials later this week to race for positions on the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team that will compete in London. Both athletes are members of the SHEEX sponsored Track and Field Athletes Association (TFAA) whose aim is to support, educate and guide athletes through their professional careers. Fountain and Oliver headline the over 60 Olympic Trials qualifiers from the TFAA.
Hyleas Fountain enters the competition as the 2008 Olympic Silver Medalist in the heptathlon. The heptathlon consists of seven track and field events over the course of two days, (100 Meter Hurdles, High Jump, Shot Put, 200 Meters, Long Jump, Javelin, 800 Meters), making it a true test of all-around athletic ability.
David Oliver is the American Record Holder in the 110 Meter Hurdles, with a time of 12.89, and one of the favorites heading into the Trials to make the Olympic Team.
Support the SHEEX Athlete Ambassadors and catch David and Hyleas in action this Friday (June 29) on NBCSN from 6-8 p.m. EST/3-5 p.m. PST and Saturday (June 30) on NBC from 9-10 p.m. EST/PST!
SHEEX Sleep Ambassador Danielle Carruthers will toe the line today and tomorrow at the U.S. Olympic Trials to vie for a spot on the 2012 Olympic Team that will travel to compete in London next month. Having earned the silver medal in the 100 Meter Hurdles at 2011 World Championships Danielle is one of the World’s Best in the event.
Danielle approaches the Olympic Trials with the poise and enthusiasm of a true champion: “I am excited to compete for the US Olympic Trials. I’ve been working hard–preparing and training every day for the opportunity to compete. My goal is to place in top 3, so I can make the team and offer my country my best performance representing them in the Olympic Games. Thank you SHEEX for supporting my efforts to make the US Olympic Team.”
Catch Danielle in action on NBC on Friday, June 22 (9-11 p.m. EST/6-8 p.m. PST).
Get to know Danielle and watch her latest interview with Flotrack. Danielle discusses the patience and determination it takes to compete with the best in the world and reach your goals.
Stay tuned for more SHEEX Athlete updates and results from the Olympic Trials!