Work smarter, not harder.
Those words followed me through life into school, sales and even came out through my coaching. Doing things better (and sometimes just doing them right) could make the job easier and offer greater results.
For some reason, I refused to apply the same principle in my life or it would be better to say my health. I worked smarter with my chores. I worked smarter with my work. I even worked smarter in schooling with the boys. But when it came to my own health and well-being I seemed to be stuck in the opposite. I worked harder, go discouraged because of a lack of results, and ultimately quit trying – only to turn around in a few weeks or months and repeat the process.
Until Vanessa started her challenge on Facebook. My friend challenged us to lose 15 pounds and offered little “get moving” tips for several days in a row. I noticed that I felt invigorated after moving like that, but I fell out of the smarter and back into my habit of harder only to repeat the earlier process that I described.
Last night it clicked. This morning I got up and did all of Vanessa’s “get moving” suggestions. I went up and down the stairs 10 times (as fast as I could take them). I did 10 squat/planks (which is probably not their real name) and then 30 modified pushups (against the banister of the back porch). My original goal was to do three reps of these moving down in numbers each time (second rep would be 8/8/25 and third would be 6/6/20). It took 7 minutes to do the first rep and my body was quick to point out that three could injure something. I guess I will have to work up to that.
I had been trying to get up early and walk each morning to create a path to being healthy – thirty minutes would give me almost two miles. But if I got up a little late then I would have to cut the walk short or skip it altogether to keep the family on schedule. With this “get moving” routine I take only 7 minutes (even at the full reps I should be under 20) and I can promise there are more muscles moving – and burning – than just walking ever produced.
It will take a few weeks to tell a difference in how my body responds to this new idea for being healthy, but I can tell you now that I know the “getting moving” is a smarter way for me to start my day. Avoid the practice of just exercising. Choose those movements that do more.
What are some tips that you have for working smarter instead of harder to create a path to being healthy?