All About Biohacking For Athletes

Millions of athletes around the world go out and exercise every day. They do it for their physical health, mental health, and how it makes their bodies look. What most of them don’t know, however, is that they’re not just athletes (or weekend warriors) but biohackers

See, exercise is a form of biohacking. You’re performing an activity that changes the physiology of your body. In fact, the only difference between an athlete and a biohacker is that biohackers have a method to their madness. They know that what they put into their body has a huge impact on how they feel, look, think, act, and respond. (A basic example is that, when you drink coffee, you know that you’re going to get a mental boost and feel more awake in a few minutes.)

In this article, we’ll take a closer look at what you can do as an athlete to biohack your body and get better results every time you exercise. We’ll look at how biohacking works, and why. So grab your protein shake, take a 10-minute break and let’s take a look at biohacking for athletes. Enjoy!

Biohacking For Athletes Isn’t All About Exercise.

When it comes to biohacking, there are many activities that you can do to improve your body and physiology. Now, the thing is, many of those activities have nothing at all to do with exercise, but instead with making sure your body is fully prepared for it. (That way, you get the very best results every time you hit the gym, the track, the field, or whatever your exercise of choice happens to be.) 

Basically, these types of biohacks are to prepare your body for exercise so that it can respond faster, recover more quickly, and so forth. Some will help you get a better workout, while others are geared towards mental preparation. All of them will help improve your biology and physiology (which is what good biohacks do). They include;

Biohacking Sleep

Today many people wear their lack of sleep like a badge of honor, overachievers who say that they’ll ‘sleep when they’re dead.’ The problem with this thinking is that sleep, more than almost anything else, is the best thing you can do for your body and your exercise results. For example, when you sleep, your brain gets detoxified by your body through the glymphatic system, ‘washing’ itself with cerebrospinal fluid. All of the crud, junk, and other nasty stuff is flushed out of your grey matter, which is vitally important. And the only time this happens is, you guessed it, when you sleep and sleep well. (REM sleep, anyone?)

Think about it this way; if you don’t get enough good sleep, your body will be inefficient during the day (even if you don’t feel it). That inefficiency significantly outweighs any exercise you might’ve done during the hours you were awake because your body is already at a disadvantage. Yes, occasionally, you need to push through and put sleep on the back-burner to accomplish certain tasks or meet certain deadlines. However, that should be an occasional occurrence, not something you do regularly. Below are a few of the best ways to bio-hack your sleep and get better results in the gym:

  • Take Cold Showers- They trigger your body to relax.
  • Journal at bedtime- This helps your brain calm down, so you sleep faster and better.
  • Get at least 8 hours of sleep and, if you’re a pro athlete, 9 to 10 hours. Check this out; a study published in the journal Sleep showed that getting six hours of sleep a night 2X a week had the same cognitive decline (brain fog, lack of concentration, etc.) as not sleeping at all for two days straight
  • Turn off any screens 2 hours before bedtime. (Yeah, we know, this is a tough one!)
  • Keep your room cold and very dark.
  • Use a foam roller to get loose before bedtime.

Biohacking Nutrition

For decades experts (and pretty much everyone else) have been saying that ‘you are what you eat.’ So, for example, if you eat real, whole, natural, and (mostly) raw foods, you’ll get a real, whole, natural body as a result. And if you eat fatty, salty, processed food, well, you get the picture. The good news is that it’s incredibly easy to change your diet and do it immediately. All you need to do is start purchasing, and eating, higher-quality foods. (The results will definitely be worth the time and effort you put in.) Below are some of the best nutrition biohacks that you can use to improve your workouts:

Get Rid of the Worst 5 Ingredients. They include:

  • Grains and gluten.
  • Preservatives of any kind.
  • Processed sugar in any form.
  • Any dairy products from American cows. (Goat milk products are an excellent replacement.)
  • Rancid vegetable oils- (Use olive and coconut oil and eat grass fed butter instead.)

Start Using Intermittent Fasting

We’ve talked about intermittent fasting before (here) and what an amazing biohack it is. For athletes, it’s just as good. 12 hours is the minimum time needed to fast, so many athletes skip breakfast. (Around here, we stop eating at 8:00 PM and start the next day again at 12:00 / 1:00 PM. That’s a perfect 16-hour fast.)

Eat Fermented Foods

If you could see what’s going on in your intestines, you would see a daily fight between “good” bacteria and “bad” bacteria. If you will, this intestinal dance is necessary for human survival, and one of the main players is L. Reuteri. 

  1. Reuteri is a ‘good’ bacteria and, indeed, one of the best. It helps lower inflammation throughout your body, keep your gut healthy, and help your overall health and well-being immensely. Fermented foods like sauerkraut have a high concentration of these excellent bacteria as well as yogurt made using it.

Eat Plenty of High-Quality Eggs and Lean Beef

Forget all of the information you’ve had shoved down your throat about cholesterol from eggs. The fact is, cholesterol is necessary for good health and a building block of human hormones. That includes testosterone, guys, something your body desperately needs if you want to build big, strong muscles. One caveat is that the beef should be from grain-fed cows that have not been given hormones, and the eggs should be from cage-free hens (at the very least).

Biohacking with Supplements

In an ideal world, there would be no need for supplementation. Why? Because all of the vitamins, minerals, macro-nutrients, and everything else you need to stay healthy would come directly from your food. Of course, the problem is that the earth’s soil has been so badly depleted of nutrients that getting everything you need from food is becoming more difficult every year. That, in turn, makes supplementation necessary. Below are some of the best supplements that you can, and should, be taking to boost your results from every workout:

Magnesium

Interestingly, magnesium deficiency is widespread even though it’s one of the most abundant elements on earth. Supplementing with between 500mg and 1000mg of magnesium citrate, malate, or threonate daily is highly recommended.

Antioxidants

Scientists now believe that inflammation and free radicals are two of the worst culprits in poor health and disease. The way to fight both is to make sure that you eat food that contains plenty of antioxidants. Speaking of which…

Molecular Hydrogen

Frankly, molecular hydrogen is something that we just heard about recently. Hydrogen happens to be one of the most powerful antioxidants on the planet, and, interestingly, it appears to leave certain free radicals alone. (Scientists call these “healthy free radicals.”) This company makes a machine that will generate molecular hydrogen and put it in drinking water. 

Detoxification

Frankly, we could write an entire article about detoxification. For example, how most “cleanses” don’t even scratch the surface of all the toxins that are likely built up (and constantly harming) your body. Instead, here’s a link to one of the best cellular detox programs on the market. 

Biohacking Your Environment

Getting the best results from every workout is your goal, you need to make sure that you put yourself in an environment that lends itself to that goal. Here are a few of the best biohacks for your environment to do just that:

  • Get 15 to 20 minutes of sun exposure every morning.
  • Use cold therapy regularly (Cold showers, ice baths, cryotherapy, etc.).
  • Learn how to breathe correctly and perform breathing exercises.
  • Turn off your smartphone at night to lower EMF radiation.
  • Use “blue light” glasses while looking at your phone or computer.
  • Start “earthing” or “grounding” to reduce inflammation and free radical damage.(Walk outside in the grass!)

Biohacking Your Mindset

You can’t have an excellent, healthy, and strong body without an excellent, healthy, and strong mind. In fact, scientists believe that negative thinking causes an increase in inflammation, which can negatively affect your workouts. To get a better workout and keep your mind in the right place, you need to biohack your mindset. Below are a few of the best way to do that:

  • Meditate for at least 5 to 10 minutes a day.
  • Use Nostril breathing techniques.
  • Keep a journal of positive things that happen to you.
  • Visualize your health, life, and relationships positively.
  • Read more books.
  • Create a morning ritual that you follow every mornings

In Closing

You might’ve noticed that we haven’t talked at all about exercise in this article. That’s because the exercise part is the easiest part. Everything we’ve talked about here today will prime your body and mind to get the best results from any exercise you perform. 

Think about it like taking a long trip in your car. If you have your car tuned up, get an oil change, and replace the tires before you go, you’ll likely have a better trip with very few (if any) car problems. The same can be said for your body. If you prime it and tune it up, the results you get at the gym will be much better than if you exercise with a body that’s “out of tune.”

By the way, you can find more information about almost all of the biohacks that we’ve talked about today in our previous articles. If you’re interested, please look at the large selection of them we’ve posted here already on our website. And, of course, best of luck with all of your exercise goals!

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