|Posted on 10 January, 2018 at 10:45|
Motivation Monday: The Process
Feel more energised
New ideas for the office worker
How often do you feel fatigued whilst working the 9–5? Or worse, how many lulls in energy do you get, yet can’t sleep at night? This series is aimed at helping you.
Lesson 5: Process
How would you rate your trip to work? Or perhaps the last time you were on a train or plane? Or how would you rate your breakfast from this morning? Unless the answer is highly positive or negative, then it is likely that your review will be mediocre or perhaps you didn’t even notice.
The reason that this is the case is because as humans, we are adept at gaining comfort from a routine. Yet on the other hand, we soon become bored of a monotonous regime.
Similarly, when it comes to New Year’s fitness, many of us try to revolutionise our routines to a point where they become unrecognisable. If you have read my previous blogs, you will know that stress comes from change that happens to fast, too slow or with on certain intent and this can certainly be applied to the January fitness rush.
It is very cliched at this time of year to write about fitness and new routines, but little is written about the way to actually succeed when changing your routine.
For me, success happens with change is sustainable, in moderation and most importantly enjoyable. Force-feeding yourself broccoli, or slogging it out endlessly in the gym on the treadmill (with no clear intention of what you are doing) is a recipe for failure.
If you take the context of the average of office worker trying to change their routine; I imagine them trying to cook meals, aiming to hit the gym for the majority of days in the week, trying to reduce caffeine, perhaps trying to reduce smoking, drinking less (dry January) smoking less and making various other lifestyle choices based on the perception of overall health.
Without being too emphatic, it is clear that this level of change will not last. It is completely unrealistic to expect that many changes in the course of a couple of months, let alone a few weeks. As humans we are naturally akin to lapsing into our comfort zones and in this case, previous routines.
Bearing in mind that as humans we have numerous responsibilities, besides working 40+ hours per week, needing to sleep, needing to eat and find time for themselves. Adding even more stress to this is the recipe for disaster as overwhelm could be detrimental to any health / wellbeing goal.
So in this case, bigger is not better instead the smaller the changes the more likely they are to become lifestyle choices that ultimately help you succeed over the longer term.
So look at the process; will it become something that you can inherit (like a commute to work and ultimately be part of your routine) or will it become something that you abhor and will be worse off for doing.
If you’re looking for a quick fix, the answer is to do less, not more. The cycle of trying to get fit and failing can be as detrimental as not even starting. Psychologically, failure on any level is crushing at any time in (particularly when it comes to new years resolutions) but without professional guidance, it’s easy to become lost will all the poor fitness information that circles in January.
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