With so much information in social media, the internet, and different publications, it becomes impossible not to over-analyze numbers, reps, sets and movements. Many people don’t have two to three hours each day to spend in the gym, and 99 percent of people are not specialists. Most fall under the category of generalist, and our goals, as generalists, don’t reach the outer limits of the Olympics, but rather health, happiness and looking good.
Achievement is defined as a thing done successfully, typically by effort, courage or skill. Fulfillment is defined as satisfaction or happiness as a result of fully developing one’s ability or character. So, where do the lines get crossed in our world, because if you look at these two definitions it seems obvious to me where you want to be.
Human beings are creatures of habits. We find what makes our time or life convenient and easy and that is the habit that is created. A habit forms due to the outcome of the action. Meaning, if the outcome is thought of as self-gratifying then we stick with it. At the same time, we can easily get into a habit and come to the conclusion that this is convenient for our lives and then stick with this pattern.
You may have heard me talk about the Process over the past few weeks. This concept is something that I believe whole heartedly in. If you focus on the process then everything else comes into play. So, what exactly is the process. The process is referring to the day to day operations to achieve a goal. When ever you look at goals you always have two points. Where you are starting from “A,” and where you are going, or what your goal is “Z.” Where all the obstacles, road blocks, and detours occur are in the space between the A-Z.
So, what I want to do with this blog post is list a few things that you can do to help avoid the “drift” that can lead to not staying fit and healthy. If something happens and you find that you need to take a break from your normal routine, the last thing you should do is nothing. When you do nothing, you WILL shift into bad habits that will continually snowball over time.
Next time you feel yourself focusing on the negative, take a step back and consider all you have and all you get to do each day. The simple concept of adjusting your perception of a situation can drastically change your emotions and outcome.
When you are making a decision involving eating, fitness and exercise or even your daily life, think about addition before you think about subtraction. I recently heard Natalie Jill, another trainer, discuss this concept and I thought it was awesome.
Jason Leydon “At The Whiteboard”, to follow up from weeks “Training and Stress Adaptation” to talk to you about general physical preparedness when getting ready to achieve any fitness goal.
Training can be defined as the practical application of stress. Whether your goal is to lose weight, gain a few pounds of lean muscle or to increase your ability to sustain work over time, you need to correctly apply the appropriate levels of stress on your body.