You can learn a lot from the sidelines.
I’ve been benched for close to a week now with pneumonia flu thing. I’ve slept a lot, eaten a little and seen more than my share of Facebook posts related to diet, exercise, fitness and New Year’s Resolutions. I’ve actually enjoyed most of it. I’m excited that so many people around me feel inspired to do something about their health. However, one thing DOES concern me.
We (me included) try to do too much too fast. Then we burn out. And we have to start all over again next year.
I mean it sounds great, in theory, to sign up for Zumba, Cross Fit, boot camp and swim lessons. It isn’t such a great theory to try and do them all IN THE SAME DAY. But it’s what we do. We feel like we need it to achieve “BEAST MODE.” Going 500 miles an hour isn’t beast mode, at least not to me. It’s “bed mode.” It’s why I’ve been sick. Doing too much. So since I’ve been hanging out, I’ve had some time to think.
ONE. I am going to focus on ONE thing in each area.
One exercise to get better at this year: (pull-ups)
One body part to really focus on this year: (abs)
One yoga pose to concentrate on this year (forearm stand)
One piece of equipment to really study this year: (kettlebells)
One cardio focus: (running. God help me.)
It’s not to say I won’t small time dabble in other stuff but I will work with these the hardest and the longest. I’ve done this with my word for the year (surrender) and the one book of the Bible I plan to study for the entire year (Ephesians). I probably need to add one addiction: peanut butter or dark chocolate almonds. While I am doing well on both I can’t decide right now. Must be the medicine. I’ll come back to that. 🙂
Why is this harder? Because I looooooove being in the middle of five hundred things at once. But what that makes you is a jack of all trades and a master of none. I believe learning to FOCUS is going to be of bigger benefit to me all the way around than trying to find 500 different certifications to take and then being too busy to practice any of them (been there, done that). And I thought of one way I want to feel: DIVINELY STRONG!! And being strong enough to conquer by “life hopping” will be a great feeling.
And ending up with a strong back, nice looking abs, better spiritual understanding and not wheezing every time I think about this 13.1 miles I signed up to do, again, voluntarily, well……that would be nice too. 🙂
What’s on your fitness forecast for 2014? If you could pick one or two things to focus on, what would they be?