A collection designed for her life on the move
Choosing to walk, bike or climb stairs hugely depends on the clothes we are wearing. A long coat gets in the way, jeans don’t bike well, and the shirt doesn’t breathe. Our Performance-Ready collection is designed to make everyday movement work in her fast-paced life. The collection features lightweight, quick-drying, and packable pieces that are easy to bring along.
Having the right gear to perform is one thing, but we also reached out to brain scientist, Katarina Gospic, to learn more about easy health boosters, the best way of changing a habit and the secrets to performing more efficiently in everyday life and consequently feel better, and more satisfied.
Known as Sweden’s brain expert with the ability to explain complicated things in an easy way, Katarina Gospic is a medical doctor, brain scientist and has a Master of Science in Physiology from the Karolinska Institute. With over 15 years of experience in brain research and neuroeconomics, and lecturing both within and outside academia, she has been awarded the Mensa prize, is the author of seven books, and is a frequent guest in media.
Some of her work includes implementing knowledge of how we can use our brain in our high-tech society to boost health, performance, and wellbeing. She believes that if we understand how the brain and body work, we can control our decision making, ourselves, and our world in the direction we desire. Katarina Gospic is currently working with the latest technology within e-health and property tech for the XR company Spinview.
- Green surroundings – A study investigated how more than 345 000 people were affected by closeness to nature. They discovered that living within a green mile decreases the risk of several diseases like depression, anxiety, heart disease, diabetes, asthma and back problems. Another study found similar results, that people who lived in green neighborhoods had better heart health and metabolic status. Living too far from green areas? Surround yourself with lots of green plants at home.
- Take 5 – Even though humans were designed to be outdoors, we spend 90 percent of our lives indoors. The more time we spend in nature the better, but one study showed that the greatest effects on mood and self-esteem are seen after only 5 minutes. The presence of water generated even greater effects. So even short breaks have a significant effect!
- Lower stress levels – breathing calmly is the core of mediation and the easiest and most effective way to calm the body. It lowers heart rate and blood pressure. One study showed that just 5 minutes of mediation for 7 days decreased the participants stress levels significantly! So next time you miss the buss, use the extra minutes to breath calmly.
- Cardio for Free – One study showed that stair climbing “snacks” can improve cardiorespiratory fitness. Researchers asked inactive adults to climb 3 flights of stairs, 3 times a day separated by 1-4 h of recovery for 6 weeks. Amazingly, peak oxygen uptake was higher in the climber’s intervention compared to the non-training control group just by this small change. So, climb every stair you encounter, and you will get your cardiorespiratory workout for free!
- Learn the basics of changing a habit – by putting things close or far away. Start with a behavior? Put it close. E.g. if you want to start exercising, sleep with your exercise clothes on. Once you wake up – you are ready to go. Give up a bad habit? Put it far away. E.g. if you spend too much time on your cell phone before going to bed, keep it in the hall, in flight mode. An old-fashioned alarm clock can wake you up instead. A general thumb rule is that it takes about 21 days to change a habit, but this may vary depending on the challenge.
- Minimize Distractors – lots of people sit in open office landscapes. This can reduce performance with up to 66%. When the brain gets distracted it allocates energy to the distractor to shut it out. This takes brain power from the working task you are supposed to perform. The more distractors you are surrounded with the less brain power you will have to perform your work task. Noise-cancelling headphones are a good idea.
- Focus On Strengths – high-performing groups say 6 positive comments per every negative comment. By focusing on what people are good at, they can reach peak performance. When we focus too much on fixing our weaknesses it takes time from getting better on what we are already good at. Consequently, we will be moderate. If we focus on our strengths instead, we can reach our peak performance.
- Secrets of High Achievers – many high-performing people just focus on the performance itself and forget about creating the best conditions to be a high achiever. Several studies have shown the importance of recovery. Research by Nasa showed that just a few days off increased reaction time with 80%. Going abroad and spending time outdoors are two very effective ways of boosting creativity. This is in accordance with a study that revealed that the places where people are most creative is bus, bath, bed and bar. All locations where we tend to relax and think of other things than work.
- Single-tasking – many people think that multi-tasking is a great way of getting things done faster. But nothing could be more wrong. In fact, the human brain is designed for single-tasking. Doing many things at the same time is a very inefficient use of brain power. We perform worse and it takes more time. Even the easy tasks will be hard and once you face a difficult task you will have no juice left. So, one thing at a time - you will perform better and faster!
- Positive thinking is good but avoiding negative thoughts is better - We are taught to think positive, but more important for performance is to avoid negative thoughts. Studies have shown that negative thoughts are a predictor of failure. So, the next time you fail, avoid the bad thoughts and you will be one step closer to peak performance.