19Nov/111

Correcting your behaviour – NOW

As I share in my introduction and many of my blogs - I am one of those nuts that has always exercised, for as long as I can remember. Which memory btw, unfortunately gets shorter every day as conversely the time I have been exercising gets longer (maybe that is a good think) ;-(

This week I had a great run with Chris Dovale - my personal trainer - along one of my favourite routes. We run along and then go up the steps to the Coit Tower in SF and back down the streets to our starting point. Excellent loop and of course very measurable. We were talking, amidst puffing up the steps, about the effect age has on recovery and injuries.  Of course, this isn't new - it simply does take longer for your body to recover from anything strenous, whether it is running up 300 steps or a big night out. But what struck me is that it is such a shame that when you are young, you don't realise how many things you should correct whilst it is still easy to do so rather then realise in your forties that your shoulders aren't sitting back as much as they should and then struggling to fix that issue.

The same is true for correction of behaviour of course. I love watching the Biggest Loser, these people, at any age, finally come to realise that it is their own behaviour or worse, denial of behaviour,  that led to their excessive weight gain. And now, the pattern is set and it is exceedingly hard to break. However, they do - they really really manage to get the wiring in their brain to run differently so that they don't just lose the weight, it actually in many cases stays off.

So whatever your age, but preferably as young as you possibly can, be aware of your bad behaviour, and correct both that and body issues (from turning shoulders down, to slumping over, to turning your feet out) as soon as you can. It won't come overnight, but trust me, you can do it in a fraction of the time now then what it will take you when you are getting to that "40+"stage in your life!

 

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  1. Great post! The bad news is the initial shift can be challenging and difficult. The good news is the more we engage in a behavior, the easier it is to repeat that behavior…. hence the saying “as long as we are stuck in habits, we might as well engage in healthy habits”.


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