In this era of information, we’re bombarded with “facts”, rumours, and all kinds of pseudo-facts about ‘what is right and what is wrong with everything, especially in the fitness industry’. It can be extremely exhausting trying to figure out ‘what you think you need to know’ and ‘what you think you can ignore’ in your fitness journey, until – to say the least – you finally think you found ‘what you needed’ with the latest trend, only to realise there’s a lot more to take into account (LIFE) if you want to succeed with your fitness goals, or any other goal for that matter.
Misinformation or information overload, often leads to poor decision making in general which results in confusion, frustration or discouragement and fuels our preconceived notions to stick to our way of thinking “to protect ourselves”, but in fitness we tend to dismiss physical activity as “only fitness”, so we either choose to ignore anything related or we take action by listening to the fitness advocates that resonate with us the most, the cool ones, the trendy ones, but that’s only if you have time, what happens when you don’t?
We’re now so busy we hardly have time to spend with family or close friends, even to wind down before you get back to your chaotic daily routine, and of course, there’s never time to exercise, but worse of all, we have no time to ‘Stop! Reflect! and look at the bigger picture’ to tackle those same “problems” that are affecting us everyday.
Remember how great you felt after a long day of hard “work” which also included a workout? The energy, the focus and constant desire to explore and improve our bodies or our performance, etc., will even make us forget we had a long day of hard work… so we want more… Well, in reality these tend to come from a constant adrenaline rush, a boost of feel-good hormones’ and an innate desire to explore and seek whatever it is we feel we need, however, when it becomes a habit and is left unchecked, it can have undesired consequences that make you ask questions like, was I really being “productive”? or was I simply and unconsciously completing my daily tasks while I was on an endorphin high?
Did the completion of all your daily tasks get you one tiny step closer to creating the life you envision?
Was all your energy and effort efficiently used to meet your life goals?
I hope so, because that is not always the case with most of us adrenaline junkies who are simply “addicted to the rush” – regardless of how much we work out – only to end up in a “mindless cycle” of up to +40 hours per week, getting “somewhere” until we burnout and once again, ready to “start from scratch again”.