Want to achieve a new personal best? Here are four cool ways to reach new heights.
1 . A COACH IN YOUR EAR
Vi headphones ($250) use artificial intelligence to help you meet new goals — whether it’s moving faster or losing weight. Tips and words of encouragement keep you on track, and heart-rate-sensing earpieces tell you how your body is responding.
2 . MIND OVER MATTER
If you need a little motivation, consider that exhaustion is all a state of mind. In Alex Hutchinson’s new book Endure (William Morrow, $35), he explores whether the limits of human endurance are mental or physical — using stories of elite athletes and explorers who pushed their bodies to the edge.
3 . FUEL FOR YOUR PAIN
Properly fuelling your workout with water and carbs is key, but you can also add a special ingredient to help you push through: coffee. Having caffeine about an hour before exercise has been shown to reduce pain felt during exercise.
4. TUNING INTO YOUR FEELINGS
Practicing mindfulness can help you notice breathing, pace, and even pain. Then, rather than just responding to those cues (for instance, by taking a break), mindfulness allows you to explore them and develop new associations that make you want to keep going.