There is something therapeutic about exercise, granted I wouldn't have ever said that or written that 4 years ago, but here I am writing it for you today.
There is something therapeutic about becoming fitter and stronger each day and this is your chance to see it for yourself.
Try this challenge out and head to my Facebook page to talk about your progress as the days go by. I bet that you'll see some epic results.
Have a great week ahead!
Stay Strong and Keep Moving
I wrote last week about being thankful - I wrote about making a list of all 5 things each day that you are truly thankful for. I then set out to do the task myself to prove that it could help. Little did I know it would be part of my salvation over the last 7 days.
I did my list of 5 things every day, here it is below...
On Monday last week something happened that forced me to look within myself in a very short space of time and make a decision.
I had to make a decision to face conflict or back away.
In the brief moments when I had to decide what to do I knew that the decision to take action would cause a ripple effect and more issues that I didn’t and still don’t want to deal with.
I also knew that the decision to ignore action would mean I would question my own integrity for a very long time...
In that brief moment I was taken back to my school days where my inability to stand up for my values compromised my happiness at school. I have written about this in the first draft of my book but, basically for a whole year, instead of standing up for myself and what was right I ran away - I chose to hide at another school and before long the same things started to happen. Before I knew it I was literally in a corner having to choose; do I stand up for my values or do I submit. I chose at that point to stand up for my values, my problems were over within the day.
This past week has tested my mental resolve more than I expected it to because I decided to stand up for my values. By doing so I caused the ripple effect that has caused me anxiety, a lack of sleep and a whole range of emotions, the issue is still not resolved. However, at the end of each day I still wrote down 5 things I was thankful for.
My thankful list has been the final part of my day where I have been lying in bed and reassessing each day, picking out anything I can think of that I am truly thankful for...
I think sometimes people expect me to be a happy go lucky guy 24 hours a day 7 days a week and in reality that is not the case, I try to see the glass half full when I can, but I’ve said it before, we’re all fallible.
I often say this to my clients, you can find the good things, the wins, the positives, in each day if you just take some time to realise them. I’ve had to apply that to my life before and this week it has been pivotal to helping me get through. So with that said, if you have done your list then keep it going! If you haven't then give it a go!
It only takes a few weeks to engrain a new habit, so keep it going, the more you do it the more you’ll be able to realise the good in your day and in your life :-)
Have an awesome week ahead guys!
Stay strong and keep moving!
Somewhere in the mountain of blog posts that I have written I am fairly sure that I have covered this topic in some way before... But we're already a sentence in now, so we are committed!
I think that in today’s society, I’m talking about the society that I see directly around me, there is the very real condition amongst most adults… Im calling the condition, ‘the bubble’. ‘The bubble’ occurs when we immerse ourselves in a reality that we are less than happy with. It also happens when we are so over loaded that we forget to stop and appreciate the things and people we have in our lives.
Our nature as humans is very forward thinking and whilst my job is to be forward thinking (helping people achieve their goals for the future) it is also about making people realise their current situation. Mostly, this entails reminding each person that what they are doing is pretty awesome.
I’ll try and phrase this another way… About a year ago I wrote a couple of blog posts on Brian Sibiya - a friend who came from a very humble beginning to be a personal trainer with me at Virgin Active. Read his blog posts below.
Shortly after I wrote those posts Brian got his papers through from his Church to go on a mission to South Africa. In the short time that we spent together I realised that he was one of the most thankful people I have ever met.
I learned a lot from spending time with him, the most important was taking time to look at the life I have around me, friends, family, loved ones, a roof over my head and being thankful for it. I think it can be very easy to slip into 'the bubble' sometimes and forget that, for the most part, life isn't as bad as we sometimes may think...
We might complain in the UK about having a string of bad weather recently, or a bad summer, but on the flip side we can be thankful that our homes haven’t been taken in a hurricane.
We might complain that we haven’t got the fitness levels of a greek god, but there are people struggling to move because they’ve got a disease, or they have lost the ability to walk.
I could be here all day with reasons for the world to be more thankful but the truth is I can only make you think of examples, and that is a big difference to thinking and feeling thankful on your own.
So this is my plan for the week, as I write this I am setting a reminder in my phone to notify me each day to take some time to be thankful, the reminder is set to break me from 'the bubble'.
What that means is that I will just sit and write out 5 things I am thankful for. The reason I am doing this is because last week I got a bit mentally lost in 'the bubble'. At this point I encourage you to finish this up and grab a pen and paper to join in this little challenge I have set forth.
So with that said, are you up for the challenge today of taking time everyday for a week to write down what you are thankful for? I hope that you are and I hope that by doing this challenge you find that any bubbles disappear :-)
Have a great week ahead!
Stay strong and keep moving!
The other day I did what most people do in the UK (Birmingham aside as they’ve had some issues here recently) - I was taking the bins out ready for the next morning's collection. I put the bin out late, and woke up the next day after the bins had been emptied. I was in a bit of a rush - I had to get to work and thought I would take the bin back inside. Unlike a lot of people on the road where I live our bins are kept locked away at night and you have to lead them down a long corridor to take them out or put them back.
I loaded my car up with my things ready for work and decided to lead the bins back in, as I did I saw that there was a piece of paper on the floor just by the road. I thought, ‘hmmm, I wonder if that is from our bins, maybe I should grab it…’ But I didn’t - I just put the bins away and came back to my car a few minutes later. When I looked for the paper again it was gone, there was a slight outline of the paper on the ground thanks to the light drizzle of rain that had set in… Rain tends to happen in the UK.
I got into my car and started to drive down the road, thinking to myself, ‘I should have picked it up, someone else has probably picked it up and put it in the bin.’ I felt pretty bad and I was instantly flipped in “flash back” mode… I’m not sure if you ever have that mode, but I tend to flip into it a lot…
Growing up in Zimbabwe until I was 15 meant that I had a really cool childhood, great weather and an education that was fantastic. I attended schools whose educational model was based on older principles of boarding schools that people in the UK would be familiar with. Corporal punishment and stringent rules to abide by. Part of the structure was class ‘Monitors’, grade 7 ‘Prefects’ and break time ‘Litter Bugs’.
Monitors assisted Prefects in helping to lead each class to and from assemblies and helping out at break times, sporting events etc. Litter Bugs were nominated each week, if memory serves, the title was given to those who had failed to keep the school tidy, those who hadn’t used a bin for their litter and been caught. Litter Bugs would have to walk the school grounds at break time and pick up any litter that they could find.
I remember being a Litter Bug once and it was horrible, whilst all your friends were playing at break time, mostly cricket, you’d be walking around with a big red badge picking up litter. (Now you might be thinking, ‘if there was so much litter then why wasn’t everyone a litter bug,’ my answer is, not everyone was caught.)
The flashback is over, but I sat in my car, started the engine and drove off down the road thinking I should have just picked up the paper then and there instead of waiting and thinking about it. As I thought that I saw the same piece of paper floating in the air down the road behind my car as I drove off… I felt slightly better about the idea that it blew away, rather than someone else being a better person in society.
The first few minutes of my journey to work I thought to myself there is a lesson in this moment, the lesson is that I should have just grabbed the paper and thrown it away when I had the chance instead of hesitating.
Now don’t get me wrong, I don’t look at litter on the floor and have earth shattering flashbacks every day, I just had a moment the other day where I thought that there was a good lesson to be learned.
How does that apply to a personal development and fitness blog post, well, I guess I could string it together in such a way that says - you’ve really got to take opportunity when it presents itself. If you feel inspired to do 300 push ups then don’t wait until tomorrow to do them, get them done straight away, (after a good warm up, hydration and a bit of rest between sets.)
If you know that you are keen to get into good shape and become fitter then there is no time like the time you are thinking about it, you’ve got to 'strike whilst the iron is hot' as they say…
So that is my pearl of wisdom for this week, don’t be a litter bug and contribute to Birmingham’s rubbish on the streets, and take the opportunity to do something good for yourself and for the world when the opportunity is there.
Now, stop reading this and go have an epically awesome week and if you see some paper on the floor, just pick it up.
Stay Strong and Keep Moving!
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Brendan is the owner and head trainer at Raw Motion Fitness.