Motivation fades Discipline is forever
Getting and receiving motivation daily is a great way to start the day. It helps put you in a proper mindset for the day. Motivation help get the ball rolling for many is the hardest step. The only thing about Motivation is that it is feed of emotion. Some writers have said that emotion creates motion. That is true I will not deny that a lot has been accomplished when someone is either really angry or really happy.
The problem with emotions is that they come and go. The flee away and can change immediately based on events that happen in your life. For example you can had a terrible day at work and your boss chews you out about a problem that was not your fault. So you go to the gym to burn off some steam. The second before you begin tearing the gym up you get a text/email/ or call from your boss he apologizes for chewing you out. Now all that pent up emotion has been dissipated. Now you have this mediocre at best workout because you no longer have emotion driving you. Emotions are a double edge sword.
Discipline is what you need in your life. I look at discipline as rules that I have set in place that will not change no matter the circumstances. If I tell myself I will run intervals for 45 minutes. I will run intervals for 45 minutes period. I make a rule that I will eat protein and vegetables at every meal. You can look at my plate and see that I will be eating Meat and Veggies at every meal. Discipline can spread through many different areas of life such as: relationship, finances, nutrition, exercise, self-improvement, and social life. Having discipline will help develop habits. Habits will create the person that you are today. Discipline does not rely on emotion. It is a separate entity that works regardless of your emotional state. If you had a wonderful day/ or your worst day you will still do what your suppose to do.
Discipline equals Freedom.
This is a list that I have thought about that all people need to improve the quality of their life and get the most out of their daily life.
As the old saying goes “You are what you eat.” Nutrition is vitally important to the well being of your life. Even in present with the abundance of food and information. We are still plagued by many preventable diseases. Many of these diseases can be managed through proper changes in diet. This is why it is even more important for you to get your nutrition in check. Easy changes that need to be made to your diet. Drink water…. Period Plan and simple either your drinking water or drinking water. Most people don’t consume enough water on a daily. If you need a guide line Men need 3 liters and women need 2 liters of water daily. Protein and vegetable( corn and peas do not count) at every meal.
- Exercise If you have a sedentary job or a job period. You need to get daily exercise. When I say exercise. I don’t mean jumping on the elliptical for 30 mins while watching Netflix. Exercise that requires physical and mental focus. 1 hour a day should be committed to build up a good sweat and putting resistance against the body. As you age you lose muscle. You lose muscle, you lose strength, no strength means unable to get off the toilet. Once you lose your ability to get off the toilet you end up in the nursing home. Do you want to end up in a nursing home? Then go lift weights and work up a serious sweat 5 days a week. If you don’t know how to workout go find a personal trainer and they will make you sweat.
- Stress Everybody has stress. Many people do not show that stress but inside they are fighting the secret war. Learning the ability to manage stress is key to healthy life. Stress will always be in your life. Not allowing stress to control you life is Key. Many chronic diseases stem from people who are unable to manage stress daily. Finding an outlet to alleviate pent up stress is very important. Some people exercise, use the arts, or meditate. Find a way to get rid of stress. Sometimes that means making major changes in your life such as: cutting people off, Moving to a new town, quitting a job/hobby. Mental and Physical stress manifest the same way in the body. If you are stressed about something it will eventually wreck you body in the long term.
- Sleep If you don’t sleep 8 hours a night you are doing a disservice to your body. I understand that you want to finish that football game or see if someone will finish the course on the next Ninja Warrior. Your body needs rest. Rest is important to allow the body to recover and rebuild from the day. Many people get between 4-6 hours of sleep and then chug down a boat load of caffeine and sugar to get through the day. Eventually your body will force you to crash. Allowing the body to restore itself will give you optimal performance and longevity. So DVR those shows or games and get some rest. Learn to manage these for 4 areas of your life and you will see great improvement. It is easier said than done, but it can be done.
I have been busy in the last couple of weeks. I have my clients I am training, and the basketball team is well underway for the season soon we will be in conference play and then it will really get serious. I noticed that there has been a theme between the two. Right now I have a couple of clients working on Fat loss and I have basketball team that is busting their butts to get a win( 0-5 right now). I tell both that if they don’t get results right away then they shouldn’t hang their heads down. Keep working hard and the results(Wins) will come. The saying is that it is not how you start it is how you finish. My fat loss clients may not lose a pound one week then the next lose 4 lbs. It is all about staying the course. Same thing with basketball if you do what your suppose to do and take care of the details the wins will come. My team is young so it may take a little while for them to grasp that concept because they’re still looking at the big picture. I will say that if you are trying to make a change in your life either weight loss, muscle gain, anything in life. It will not be instant. Weight loss is not as pretty as they media makes it out to be. It is a long grueling process that can take up to years to get to your final goal. Only the few who want those results will get to their final goal. Persistence is the Key to success
Butter vs Margarine
I hear this argument a lot which is a healthier choice. My opinion on the matter is that Butter is the best choice. Margarine is made hydrogenated vegetable oil aka Saturated Fat. Everyone should be well aware of the dangers of Saturated fat. Hydrogenated oils have been linked to Heart Disease increase in LDL(bad cholesterol) , promotes weight gain, gallbladder disease, liver disease, impairs immune system function and plethora of other problems. It is best to stay away from Margarine and stick with old fashion butter( just don’t go over board). Other cooking options are Olive Oil, and Canola oil.
Heart Rate Training
I have recently been doing the couch to 5K program to help with some consistent cardiovascular training. I am a big advocate for sprinting but I have been really paying attention to my heart rate while training and taking not of how my Heart responds to the program. I have noticed that even though my heart rate is elevated I am becoming more and more comfortable. I also take not how fast my heart rate drop or my recovery rate. It is interested to pay attention to how your respond to it. On my recovery days I do some Long Slow Days which either consists of keeping my heart rate below 60% MHR( Max Heart Rate) for an 1 hour to 1 hour and 1/2. For me that was walking with 40lbs vest.( I know I look crazy walking around with a vest but you got to do what you got to do).
It is a new product that measures how hard should your workout be based on how quickly your rate can change and adjust. IF your heart rate is able to change pace freely then you get the green light. If it detects that your heart/body is not performing as well it will give you a yellow or red light. All it takes is 2.5 mins for it to get a reading. A lot of people have had good results and it is supposed to help keep you injury free. So I am saving up for the device to hopefully experiment for on myself first for about a month and go make my decision.