Many people have approached me since the recent Vail Daily article regarding our Live It Group Training program. https://www.vaildaily.com/entertainment/get-out-of-your-fitness-rut/ Most of these inquiries are regarding whether this program will lead to the physical and mental changes they seek. It led me to write this article about the productive process people go through to elicit a positive change. This process can be useful across many facets of your life, but for the purpose of this article I will keep it only to the scope of health and fitness.
FACTOR IN THE COST/BENEFITS OF NOT CHANGING
When we first think about making a positive change we contemplate the cost/benefit of making that change. How much time will I need to exercise? What is the expense of a gym membership or training program? Will this take time away from my family or business? These are all good costs to think about prior to beginning your program. But the risk/reward step most people do not consider is: What is the cost of not changing? How much time are you wasting ruminating about the best version of yourself? How much money are you not earning because you aren’t fit, healthy, energetic and creative? Are you missing out on the best experiences with your loved ones because you aren’t feeling good? What money are you spending on unhealthy vices or food?
It is easy to assume that what we are currently doing is without risk. This is natural. We have become blind to those risks because we have become habituated to them. The trap of waiting around to initiate change because we think the current state is risk free is a slippery slope.
I have a long time client who I took through a movement assessment and consultation five years ago. He knew he needed to get moving with an exercise program and nutritional plan. He was close to pulling the trigger but decided to wait as he felt the stars weren’t perfectly aligned to start – timing, work, family. We met again about a year ago and did a similar consultation and looked at labs from his doctor’s office. In those four years he became eight pounds heavier from body fat, increased inflammatory enzymes, worse endocrine profile, elevated triglycerides and most importantly four years of just not feeling good and being in his best place for himself and others. I am happy to say he has now dropped 10 lbs and is out doing the things that bring him happiness. He’s energized, confident and more engaged with his family and business. What would have happened if he initiated his change five years ago and didn’t have to overcome the negative impact of years of waiting?
GET A PLAN AND START IT
We have all experienced what my client felt. I need things to be perfect before I start this. I’ll do it after this happens. What if my plan isn’t perfect? We learn this in exercise physiology school. Even a bad plan and executed, is better than no plan.
When you are optimizing your time there are only two states: Doing nothing and doing something. But when we are considering making a change that will make us uncomfortable, we create a third state of mind, a slight nuance between the two predefined ones. We call it the state of “almost ready.”
Almost ready is guaranteed to not benefit you. The most insidious part of almost ready is we don’t learn anything. When you start and act on a plan of change (even if it isn’t a great plan) you learn a tremendous amount. You learn about yourself. You learn about how others respond to your actions. You realize you may have been putting self-limiters on your potential. You get valuable information on whether you need to course correct. This feedback information only occurs if you don’t wait. You must take action on your plan. There is a good rule of thumb called the 80% rule on initiating an action. If you feel you have 80% of the information to make an educated decision, you are better off taking the action than waiting around to try and get 100% of the information. Hint: you will never get that last 20% until you start doing and seeing what truly arises.
START SPENDING TIME WITH POSITIVE INFLUENCERS
You are making the change for yourself. But it doesn’t mean you need to do it alone or without guidance. Especially, if you tend to be a social creature. There are many ways to get support for your healthy change in the Vail Valley. We have numerous cycling and hiking groups. Group fitness training can provide instruction as well as camaraderie. What is important is that you are interacting frequently with others who also seek a healthier and happier lifestyle. This also takes you away from patterns that lead to your less healthy self. If you are more of an independent soul you can still get the benefit of positive influences by hiring a coach, or if that feels cost prohibitive, your positive influence may be an author. Research one good evidence based plan that is aligned with your goals and follow the plan the best you can. Be careful of the fad based, fitness magazines that promote the next, newest and greatest plan every month. Research a good plan from a credible source and take action. Often the best positive influences come in the written form.
I know many of you out there are considering taking action. I hear from you several times a week. It’s been my experience we almost never regret the actions we take, but often the ones we don’t. You will love the healthier, happier you. You will feel energized and centered and probably have a few new good buddies as a bonus.
Rod Connolly is an Exercise Physiologist and the owner of Dogma Athletica. Dogma Athletica is launching their new Live It Group Training – training for life. You can reach Dogma Athletica at 970-688-4433 or stop in at the Riverwalk in Edwards.
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