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Reality Check #1

With spring finally here and summer on its way many people are thinking about getting into shape. And if you want to improve your life then it’s tempting to want to add more. One problem with this may be that you don’t really have the time or energy to do more. Time is a precious commodity to everyone. And so your efforts to improve may become short-lived.

I often ask people who are interested in training how important it is for them to reach their goals of health and fitness. I am always met with a resounding reply of how important it is to them. I often then may also ask on a scale of 1 to 10 (10 being the most important) how important it is to them. For the most part I am met with a score that sits between 7 and 10.

Really? Why is it we all know we should move more, eat well and avoid things that are bad for us-yet we still do it? Is our health and fitness really a priority for us?  It’s that old cliché. Those that need it often don’t do it. Funny how that works isn’t it?

Adding more and more just creates more stress and anxiety. Removing clutter and activities, tasks and thoughts that are not important or healthy frees up time and energy for you to do more of what you really want and need to do. As the clutter in your outer world decreases the clutter in your inner world also has a tendency to decrease. This has the added benefit of making it easier to actually enjoy whatever you are doing even more while you are doing it.

Think of all the low priority things that you do that you could do less of, or drop completely. For example time wasted watching TV, social networking on Facebook, Twitter and alike, answering and reading unimportant emails or browsing on the web, answering unimportant phone calls and SMS and all the other “non urgent” and “non important things” that you may be doing currently (that coincidentally have you sitting on your backside). Then with this in mind replace them with your “urgent” and “important” priorities such as scheduling in daily time to plan, shop, cook and eat healthily and go to the gym or exercise and you may be surprised at the results.

I read an article in the recent Power by Pavel newsletter where Gray Cook of the FMS (functional movement screen) tells a hilarious story of a client who approached him and asked if it would be a good idea to add flax seed to his diet. “Go ahead”, Gray responded, “but you might want to quit drinking and smoking first.” Hoping a little added flax seed sprinkled over your Fruit Loops will change your health is probably a bit misguided. Your attention may be should be on what you need to strip away (in this situation it is smoking and drinking), not what you should add.

Adding more thoughts and thinking things over for the 100th time may create a sense of security and control. It’s also a good way to procrastinate and to avoid taking that leap you know you should take. And the more you think, the harder it gets to act. Perhaps because you want to keep that comforting sense of control and avoid the risk of being vulnerable and reaching outside your comfort zone. Funny enough, personal growth is often attained this way-by stepping outside your comfort zone and sometimes feeling uncomfortable.

Here are some time winning strategies that may help kick-start your mind and body spring clean!

  1. Organise
  2. Prioritize
  3. Plan your time
  4. Delegate
  5. Learn to say No!
  6. Avoid perfectionism
  7. Reduce procrastination
  8. Be flexible

Thinking has its place. It can help you plan a somewhat realistic route to your goal and help you avoid future pitfalls. Over thinking is however just a habit that will help you waste a lot of time. It may be more useful to replace that habit with the habit of just doing it. Sounds like a great slogan. Maybe a sporting company should think of using it 😀

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