For all the times that we diligently hit the gym just to maintain good health, fitness and wellbeing, committing to an exercise regime and working out cannot help but make one want to try their hand at some or other competition. The competition may be with no one else but yourself, but ultimately there is an inevitable air of competition around anything which requires the type of commitment sticking to a training regime takes.

On a personal level, there’s something you ultimately want to achieve after a string of diligently executed workouts. For me personally, while I can honestly say that I’ve managed to attain the various different fitness goals I’ve had in my short life, there inevitably comes a time when something like the Tough Mudder Obstacle Course Race beckons, or perhaps just a half-marathon.

Other times something like a looming corporate football tournament proves to be too irresistible for the inner competitive spirit in me to pass up and so hitting the gym as a result presents a fresh set of challenges. The goal posts shift in a sense, both literally and figuratively because the stakes suddenly get raised.

Beast mode is duly activated and just for a short period of time leading up to whatever competitive event I’ve committed to taking part in, you’d have a hard time telling me apart from a professional athlete just going about their business of preparing for their next game.

The Winning Margins

A day in the life of a professional sportsperson will open your eyes to a whole new world of just what it takes to get that competitive edge. Effected within the legal limits of course (no performance enhancing drugs and banned substances here), some small bodily hacks can come together very nicely to add up to a big competitive advantage.

When the need arises, I have a couple which never fail me. Sure, if anybody I’m competing against caught wind of these hacks, whether we’re running the same marathon or if we’re on opposing teams of a football match, they too would get a nice edge, but people just aren’t that committed. Ask the guy with a health and fitness blog…

Bodily Hacks

Look, whatever sport you’re engaged in, except perhaps golf, a couple of milliseconds of increased speed can come in very handy, especially when the difference between winning and losing comes down to such fine margins. A combination of two things always helps me cover any short sprinting distance just little bit faster, one of which is shaving, while the other entails a special diet that focuses on the nutrients required for healthy hair growth, of all things.

I mean if there’s an entire comprehensive blog post about the how to choose the best electric shavers on the market, then you best bet shaving plays an important role in ensuring one gains a competitive advantage. Why do sprinters and long-distance runners shave just about every bit of hair they can? They’d probably shave off their eye-brows and lashes if it was possible, but what’s at play here are the nutrients otherwise required for hair growth.

Shaving along with eating a diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids (for healthy and shiny hair) and Vitamin B5 (for the blood circulation to your scalp) sort of re-directs those nutrients meant for hair growth to make for some explosive energy that very easily converts to a little bit of a speed boost.Otherwise some intensified sessions in the gym make for a nice shock to the system, compelling it to develop in a slightly different way that best prepares you for whatever upcoming competition you’ll be participating in.

Otherwise some intensified sessions in the gym make for a nice shock to the system, compelling it to develop in a slightly different way that best prepares you for whatever upcoming competition you’ll be participating in.

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