If I could capture your attention for this brief moment, you may find that your outlook on certain things may revolutionize. This note is minuscule compared to what I intend to entail for the next few years of my life so stay tuned for things to come.
In the past six to seven decades when refrigerators first became mainstream in the western world our diets have collapsed tremendously, for example; fast foods, fad diets, global farming, so on and so on. It starts a few centuries ago when refined sugars and processed foods found itself distributed throughout the world. Never have we seen diseases the way we see them now or obesity that is killing us quicker than the after affects of nuclear bombs. Can't we get back to the basics? Can we eat more fresh vegetables and fruits and stopping the slaughters of 10's of billions of animals each year to satisfy our new and supposedly profound cravings? Not to say meat is bad to eat, but this mass production of unhealthy animal raising is ridiculous.
The adventure I will tell you is an adventure that everyone should experience at least once in their lives.
As I departed from Miami International airport July 11th with my coach Donnovan Garvi I couldn’t help but have this sensation that I was going on an exploration I’ll never forget. When Donnovan and I arrived in San Salvador airport we were asked to show the required documents to enter the country by airport personnel. My coach did not have any visa forms to enter the country so he was escorted to the next flight to Miami. This part was chaotic we argued for about half an hour to airport personnel, after that we realized there is no winning with them. Officers forced my coach to stay overnight in an airport jail since he missed his flight that deports him back to Miami. I had a British passport so I did not need a visa form to enter the country of El Salvador. Because of Donnovan's sudden and unexpected departure I was left with no information or knowledge as to where I needed to stay, How to get there, directions to the Track & Field Stadium, expenses that needed to be paid and I did not speak the San Salvadorian native language. At this point my heart was racing like a horse but I looked composed and at ease. This is a country that suffered decades of civil war and are now just coming to grips with it, so of course I felt that one wrong move could be un-pleasant.
I managed to find a ride to the Track & Field stadium after a gruesome experience at the airport, it was a long ride but I knew things would turn out to be good. I met up with a few people that were in charge of the NACAC federation and told them my story. I had to register myself and Turks & Caicos into the NACAC championships because the TCI athletics board did not register me in any of my events. After hours of pleading, I was fortunate enough to be entered in the Track meet. The NACAC Federation registered me as coach, manager and athlete for the TCI Track & Field team. After everything was said and done at the Track I was told to stay at the Albergue hotel. What a stunning location it was, up in the mountains and away from the busy streets. Of course the hotel was not paid for by the Turks & Caicos board so out of my own expense I had to cover the charges.
I attended all the coaches meetings at the Hilton Hotel. They lasted until 12:30am passed midnight, my first race was at 9am the following morning, thus did not have the adequate rest to perform at my highest level. I managed to compete in all of my races and ran to the best of my ability at all times.
I had four days to spare, I considered them my vacation time. So I went on a journey in El Salvador, I got to see the mountains, breathtaking sceneries of buzzing cities from up high. The experiences in San Salvador that I cherish the most though are the people. I’ve met more loving and friendly people there in one week than in a lifetime. Everyone was receptive to a change, everyone was quick to accommodate me, and everyone seemed to enjoy life for what it is. These are qualities that are definitely missing in Canada. We are too consumed with materialistic goods and work seems to take over our lives. This is not a lifestyle I want to continue living.
Next year’s track meets should be completely organized. Athletes should not be the manager, coach and athlete in a foreign country especially if they have traveled far distances to get there. Athletes should be focusing on their events alone. Thank you though for giving me the opportunity to represent my country, it was an immense learning experience.
Here are my times and events from the NACAC Championships in San Salvador:
400 metres - 48.49
200 metres - 22.33
In this day and age Statistics Canada's Canadian Community Health Survey says an estimated 3.3 million Canadians over the age of 15 suffer from insomnia. Sleep, as well as proper nutrition, is vital to maintaining your health and well being, however many of us lack the rest we need to function properly in this fast paced society.
Health problems including heart disease, stroke, diabetes, obesity and depression can occur from lack of sleep. If sleeplessness becomes chronic, the consequences become more severe. Chronic loss of sleep over a period of time will seriously diminish your ability to perform work at home or on the job. Sluggishness, forgetfulness, lack of concentration, slower reaction times and general malaise will begin to take over. Without enough sleep, your body cannot repair and replenish itself to perform the tasks it must do during sleep phases.
There are many different causes of chronic sleep deprivation: jet lag, shift work, chronic insomnia, a sleep disorder or simply trying to put in extra hours at work. We've all experienced the exhaustion caused by lack of sleep at some point. The average adult needs eight hours of sleep per night; this amount varies from person to person however. You will know your ideal amount of sleep based on how well you feel and perform during the day. When you've slept well, you will be able to focus and concentrate more effectively at work and with peers. Your mood will be elevated, so you will be happier and you'll be able to have a more positive view on life.
Let's work on helping you get the proper sleep your body so deserves!
Ideal Sleep Duration
Spend at least 3 days waking up naturally. If you are busy at work you can attempt the 2 days on the weekend. Take the average amount of sleep from your 3 days of natural rising and that should be your ideal sleep duration.
Sleep Earlier/Wake Later
If you can't get enough sleep, go to bed earlier. Regardless of whether this means giving up your favorite show at 8:00 p.m. or procrastinating on your computer.
I've been in gyms and fitness facilities throughout my athletic and professional life experience and I've come to witness shocking things that could have people seriously injured and/or laughed at by which full out embarrassment follows. This is for those who come to the gym Unprepared and thus suffer the consequences mentioned above. In this Embarrassment series I want to go through topics everyone experienced one way or the other.
Where else can you find men with chiselled arms, washboard abs and testosterone levels higher than that of bullfighters? or women with curved and toned bodies capable of hypnotizing men? you guessed it, at the gym. Here are my top tips for those who think the gym is a dating service to avoid embarrassment.
The Chit Chatter Interrupter
When someone is going through an intense workout (I'm talking huffing and puffing) The last thing they want to do is create any sort of chit chat. Wait until they are done (but also don't just stand there waiting)
People wearing their headphones (especially loud ones) are not interested in picking up or being picked up.
So Called Experts
If you're not a trainer, coach or professional athlete, your fitness tips are not taken serious. You may have very valid points, but that's like a patient at a hospital telling you to get arm surgery for that scrape on your arm.
Written by Mario Rigby