Wellbeing | Personal Development
This section encourages you to be as active as possible, identify areas that need to be improved and then get to work. It’s also about running your own race and not being put off by what other people are doing. This is a key part of The Simplicity System, as it can really help you become healthier, happier and more productive.
To reach your goals, it’s best to take small steps at first and be specific about what you want to achieve. This is one of the hardest things you’ll do, but it’s also one of the most rewarding. Getting active is an important part any personal development push and it's a great way to deal with stress and anxiety.
How to Get Active
This section is all about getting up and getting active, so there isn’t a practical exercise that’s going to get you going like you'll find in some of the other sections. I can help you plan though and think about what you’d like to achieve.
I'm sure I don't need to tell you how important it is to be as fit and active as you can. As well as the obvious health benefits, the natural chemical changes in the body can be a great way to reduce stress and anxiety. It can also lead us to a more disciplined and focussed approach as we work towards our goals.
Who wouldn't want to enhance their capabilities, increase the chances of living longer and look and feel better?
I think most people are unlikely to achieve the right balance when it comes to being active and this can range from doing nothing to doing too much and becoming obsessed with it. People also see high performers and get put off. To a lot of people, getting fit is like climbing a mountain, so I'm going to help you turn it into a gentle stroll.
There's a reason this section is called 'Get Active' rather that 'Get Fit' or 'Make Sure You Run Five Miles a Day'. It focuses on encouraging to to get moving, take small steps and choose activities you'll love doing. The most important aspect by far though is that it encourages you to 'run your own race' and not be put off with what others are doing.
We constantly see people in the gym, out running or on bikes and immediate compare ourselves to them. We're also bombarded with images of the perfect body as the fitness industry tries to sell us something else. This is all about moving past that mindset though and focussing what you can do, and what you need to do.
Here are the step I suggest you take to get going.
Decide What You Want to Do
If you’re not in shape, I’d start off by thinking of small ways you can get more active. Everyone seems to head straight out on a run, bike ride or gym session, but these can be tremendously hard work when you start off. Chances are, you won’t want to continue when you're tired and sore the next day and your fitness kick will soon be forgotten.
Can you walk somewhere instead of taking the car, take the stairs instead of a lift and are there any activities you can do on the move?
Slowly easing into being more active should get you used to it and help you start developing healthy habits. It’s then a good idea to plan out what you’d really like to do to get more active.
Take time to think about what’s available in your area and what you’d like to pursue. Are there gyms close by and what activities could you take part in? You could also look to see if there are any activity trails or cycle tracks near you.
Make Sure It Happens
When you’re identified what you want to do, it’s time to start planning and you really need to be specific. If you’re going to start walking for example, plan to walk at a set time on set days in a specific location.
You could also give your general objective of getting fit a series of sub-goals such as cycling, joining a gym, taking a specific class and going out running. These should again have specific objectives and timescales. You should also define how you’ll measure success, like being able to lift a specific weight or run a certain distance.
If you can, tell someone about these goals or better still, encourage them to join you so you make a commitment to each other.
It’s also important that you don’t start your fitness push alongside other things if you can, and definitely not alongside a diet. You only have a finite supply of willpower, or glucose, and you don’t want to spread it too thinly.
The Simplicity System
So to sum it up simply, if you want to get active you should:
- Start off with simple ways to get moving
- Work out what activities you’re going to enjoy
- Plan effectively
- Get someone to join you if you can
There are no limits to where this can take you and no obligations to go beyond the basics. Just taking a short walk every day can make a difference and that can quickly evolve into something a lot more beneficial.
Good luck with everything and I hope it makes a difference. I’d also be very interested to hear any feedback you have as The Simplify System will always need to evolve and improve.
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Your Get Active Golden Rules
Don’t exercise to lose weight
While you should aim to eat healthily and get fit and active, you need to get the right balance. A lot of people set out to exercise in order to lose weight and there can be some problems with this.
You’ll probably end up failing to do both of these things, or overlook critical elements of dieting.
I suggest you focus solely on your diet for at least 21 days before you start the big fitness push. You may be tempted to treat yourself after all that hard work as well, as you’ll think you've burned off plenty of calories to balance it out.
Get used to meditating before exercising
Meditation is a painless process that won’t leave you exhausted. Exercise on the other hand usually gives you very few rewards when you're just getting started.
This means that if you struggle to find motivation for meditation, you’ll probably struggle a lot more with exercise.
Simply getting used to making time to meditate should really help when it’s time to do something a lot more strenuous. It can be just as rewarding though, so don’t let it put you off in the long run.
Invest in your future
Getting active and getting fit now can reduce the risk of health problems in future. If you let things slide, you won't be able to put a monetary value on this and you won't be able to turn back the clock.
Take a moment to consider this when you next need to motivate yourself, or when you're just about to quit.
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Can you do any light exercise or resistance work in your home? If you have room, it can be a great way to start your day.
Taking time to go out for a walk can make such a huge difference. I also think it’s a great place to start if you want to get more active.
This could either be a walk around your area or a place you travel to in order to get a great walk.
Try to interact with nature if you can and notice how it makes you feel. This is also great for the mind as well as the body.
Going to the gym is great, as everything is there to help you get fit and active. You don’t have to worry about the weather either.
All you need to do once you’ve joined is make sure you’re there as much as you need to be.
It can feel amazing afterwards and you’ll soon experience a lot of benefits in the first few months alone. Just remember to run your own race, don’t get too self-conscious and definitely don't caught up with what other people are doing.
Going for a run can make you feel amazing. Intense activity, particularly in the morning, can really get us going and research shows that we can even regenerate neurons when we do this.
Have a think about where you could run, or where you could spend time on a treadmill.
This is something you’ll need to develop over time as well, so it’s important to set specific goals. You could start off by aiming for a set distance or time you’d like to achieve and give yourself a date to achieve it by.
Getting on your bike can be a great way of getting fit. It’s also worth considering if you could bike to work, or work your way towards it if it’s a bit too far.
You could even head out with other people to make it a bit more fun.
Are there any team activities you could join? Is there something where you work, or could you organise anything with friends?
It’s a great way to get active and competition can provide plenty of motivation to keep going.