FLATTMANN FILES “Quality Is No Accident”
FROM THE DESK OF Grady Flattmann
What is defensive driving? ANSI standards define it as “driving to save lives, time, and money, in spite of the conditions around you and the actions of others.” The Smith System of Training is a program developed by Harold Smith in 1948. It has five main principles:
ACTIVE VS. PASSIVE RECOVERY Choosing the Best Workout Recovery Plan for You
1. AimHigh: Focus your attention on the entire road and not just to the car ahead of you.
2. The Big Picture: Be aware of your surroundings at all times.
3. Keep Your Eyes Moving: Remain alert and don’t get in a “driving trance.”
Whether you’re a runner, a weightlifter, or a cyclist, the twofold feeling that follows a hard workout is the same: pain and exhaustion. Sore muscles can make every movement difficult, and the discomfort that comes with stretching your arms, legs, and back will soon have you hunched over and shuffling around like someone twice your age. Faced with that fate, you have two recovery options: passive or active. Pick the right one and you’ll be back in the gym in no time. So, what is the difference between active and passive recovery? Really, the names say it all. Active recovery means continuing to move, even after a big workout. The day after you challenge yourself with a tough gym session, active recovery entails going for a long walk, trying a low-intensity bike ride, or even doing an abridged weightlifting session with lighter weights. Passive recovery is basically relaxation: It involves resting your muscles before you get back in the saddle. Unless you’re a real fitness junkie, passive recovery probably sounds the most appealing. A day spent lazing around with a book or watching your favorite television programs can be an irresistible prospect when your muscles are aching. In an article for Bodybuilding.com, Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist Mike Robertson says he opts for active recovery every time. “I’ve been a huge proponent of active recovery for years. Even when I was younger, I realized that if I was sore after a session but got up and moved around the next day, I immediately started to feel better,” he said.
4. Leave Yourself an Out: Anticipate what other drivers may do, and don’t get boxed in.
5. Make SureThey SeeYou: Don’t assume
other drivers see you or anticipate your move. Avoid getting into another’s blind spot.
Don’t rely on others to drive safely. They don’t! Protect yourself and your family.
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