Blue Zones (Book)

Author, Dan Buettner, is Founder of Blue Zones where their mission is to “use an innovative, systematic, environmental approach to well-being that optimizes policy, urban and building design and social networks.” In this book, Blue Zones; Lessons From the People Who’ve Lived the Longest, Buettner researches extraordinary long-lived communities around the world (blue zones) to study their diet, life-style, outlook, and stress-coping mechanisms to understand why they are an exception to the rule when it comes to life-expectancy.  Buettner finds that the reason for this longevity is deeply intertwined with community, lifestyle, and spirituality. The 5 areas people lived the longest statistically and that Buettner researched are Okinawa (Japan), Sardinia (Italy), Nicoya (Costa Rica), Icaria (Greece), and Loma Linda (California, USA). 

The Power of Full Engagement (Book)

This book is written by Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz. Jim Loehr is co-founder of the Human Performance Institute, they provide courses and programs for athletes and business people to approach energy differently so that they can sustain a higher performance throughout their days. The Power of full engagement talks about how to manage and maintain your energy (not time). Loehr and Schwartz explain that there are four different but related types of energy: physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual.  They argue that to achieve high performance and to maintain high level of energy people need get the right balance between stress and recovery, have quality sleep,  finding renewal time, expanding emotional capital, and more. The second part of the book provides an action plan which includes defining a purpose, facing the truth, and taking action through powerful rituals.

ITF Tennis – Nutrition (Article)

The ITF SSMC is a committee comprised of a group of sport scientists, physicians, and tennis administrators from different parts of the world who represent professional tennis. Members analyse and discuss the six areas of sport science relevant to tennis, including physiology, psychology, nutrition, biomechanics, motor learning and sports medicine. This is not so much an article but more a link to a website that provides extensive information on the good and the bad of nutrition for tennis players. They divide their nutrition site into three areas: eating right, planning meals, and supplements.