The Information Paradox

Week in Review 12-8-17
December 8, 2017
Week in Review 12-15-17
December 15, 2017
Week in Review 12-8-17
December 8, 2017
Week in Review 12-15-17
December 15, 2017

We live in an age of unparalleled access to information.  All we have to do is pull that mini-computer from our pocket and open up Google whenever or wherever it suits us.  Sometimes that can also lead us down a rabbit hole where we wind up paralyzed by the very information we’re seeking.  It’s one thing to possess information, it’s quite another to make it actionable.

Do we know what to do?

We’ve touched on this before, but it bears repeating. The average person, in general, knows WHAT they should be doing. Stop me if this sounds familiar:

  • Moving more

  • Eating healthier

  • Getting more sleep

While this is a pretty good starting point, we can easily complicate matters:

Is going for a walk every night sufficient for “moving more”? Can I swap out fried nuggets for grilled ones to be “healthier”? Does a 2-hour nap on Sunday afternoon count as “more sleep”?

Let’s go further…

  • I want to strength train. Should I follow a bodybuilding program, a powerlifting program, a functional movement program or a bodyweight program? Aren’t squats bad for my knees? If you’re female you might have (wrongly!) heard that strength training makes you “bulky”.

  • I want to improve my endurance. Should I run for distance? Is the elliptical ok? Will HIIT help me achieve my goals?

  • I want to eat healthier. Should I count calories? Are potatoes bad for me? How much protein should I eat? The box says “all natural” so I can eat as much as I want, right?

What do I do??

I find it helps to press pause, take a deep breath and simplify by following a few easy steps:

1. Identify where you are at – I always assess my clients so that I can get a handle on the very questions that may otherwise seem overwhelming. For you, that means an honest inventory of where you’re starting from, what your skill set is and what you’re able and willing to do.

2. Identify where you want to go – What are my goals? Why is this important? What should the process look like? How should this make me feel? When can I fit it in? Who is there to support me?

3. Chart a course – Everyone’s course will be different and it most certainly won’t be linear.

4. Prioritize – Pick one thing to improve, not everything. Make it easy to build some forward momentum.

5. Execute, NOW! – If you know where you are, where you want to go and the course you will take then the last step (probably the hardest) is to take action. Just like famous explorers from history you’ll need courage to get started, but once you do, the journey takes on a life of its own.

Want help sifting through it all?

When you boil it all down its simple and straight forward. But it’s not necessarily easy to put into practice, especially with the consistency needed to see results. If you’re looking for additional help and guidance contact us today to join the Vitalifit Coaching Program that is right for you.