When You Need More Energy, Do Something Active, Not Passive

We’d all like to know how to get more energy when life throws curve balls at us.

These ideas from psychology research can help you keep going and overcome a terminal case of I-don’t-feel-like-it.

Let’s get started…

Source: How To Get More Energy: 8 New Secrets Backed By Research

For me, I have to respect when I’m tired more.  Otherwise, I get so run down that a nap turns into a coma for hours.  I’ve tried walking, but I don’t find it engages me like a bike ride does.

Reach Goals Faster by Reviewing and Reiterating Habits Every Three Days

There are two extremely common obstacles that get in the way of people succeeding at habit change:

  1. Messing up on the habit and then quitting.
  2. Not starting because the habit change seems to hard or daunting.

Have you faced these problems? The answer is almost certainly yes, because pretty much all of us have.

The answer to both of these problems is really the same: do the habit. Keep doing it. Keep trying until you figure it out.

The problem is that people feel discouraged by failure, or feel overwhelmed or intimidated.

The solution is to embrace the “Fail Faster” and iterate philosophy that’s all the rage in software.

Source: Fail Faster at Habits

It depends on what you’re doing – every three days can be overdoing it.  But it’s why I do a race report – to recall what happened, and ruminate on how to improve it.  I’m fairly happy and confident about how the overall process of a triathlon – my issues largely break down into what I can do in a specific event (IE running) to improve my time.

It’s not failure if you learn from it, or better yet – improve.  No one is perfect every time, all the time.

Why Setting Large Fitness Goals Can Backfire on You

I’m about to tell you why I believe traditional goal setting might be bringing frustration and anxiety upon you and decreasing your quality of life. Furthermore, I’ll show you how a simple focus shift can fix the problem in a matter of minutes, resulting in better results in the gym and living a more enjoyable life in the process.

To illustrate my point, let me start by sharing a very personal story with you.

Source: Why You Need To STOP Setting Goals

Recently, someone started coming out on my weekend [cycling] group rides.  Saturday is much more competitive, and this person can barely hang on in the warm up.  But they’re determined to ride with the A group, even though I’ve consistently encountered them before the 2/3rd mark of the route.  They’re so burnt out, they can’t hang onto the B group.

I have no problem with their goal.  I have the same one.  I don’t agree with their approach, but all the power to them.  I’m still healing, but I’m trying to get back to leading B group.  Only then is it worth it to me to bother trying to hold onto A group.  I might not ever get there – I was having my doubts I could before, or at least not without putting effort into training.

There’s goals and dreams – it takes honest reflection to know the difference.

Study: Having a Goal May Keep You out of the Hospital

Preventive health care is a powerful tool for keeping medical costs down. Contraception is cheaper than pregnancy and childbirth; a cholesterol test is cheaper than a triple bypass. It is therefore in society’s interest to encourage the use of preventive health care services like cancer screening, especially for elderly people in aging populations. Increased use of preventive health care also leads to healthier, longer-lived people.

Unfortunately, people aren’t particularly good about preventive health care; not even half of all people over the age of 65 in the US are up to date with recommended preventive services. How can we do better?

A recent PNAS study identified one factor that could help: the more that people feel like they have a purpose in life, the more likely they are to use preventive health care. Purpose was also found to be associated with a lower likelihood of needing overnight hospital visits—possibly as a result of improved health care.

Source: People with “purpose” spend less time in the hospital

The article closes with interesting points about how to leverage this information, and how the impending Boomer generation will need geriatric care…

I’m not motivated to live longer, but better.   Lengthening my hamstrings, shortening my telomeres 😉