Fit Tip: Address your weakest link

When making health and lifestyle changes, it critical that we can do a self-assessment to get an honest and realistic perspective of where we are currently at. This may mean doing a fitness test such as one-mile run or maximum pushups, looking introspectively into your eating habits, or figuring out how you manage stress. While having a professional help you with this is often recommended, people who take matters into their own hands can achieve quite a lot. Once you understand your starting point, it’s crucial to establish a hierarchical approach to your goals. Since you are only as strong as your weakest link, these weak links need to be shored up first. Whether its not eating a healthy breakfast to start the day, poor sleep hygiene, or a lack of core strength, you must make these corrections first. Just working on your strengths further and further can make you feel great but often will worsen the imbalance and weakness going on.

  • Breakfast. Start with your first meal of the day. Are you eating one? If so, how do you feel immediately and several hours after? Are you energized and nourished to go on with your day or do you feel sluggish, heavy, sleepy, and likely to crash soon? Minor tweaks in food choices and composition can have profound effects on your entire day.
  • Structure. Do you have a well developed physical structure? Many people have a lagging weak area in their body that holds them back from their physical potential. Whether it’s a weak trunk, glutes, or a painful knee from a past injury, it’s crucial to build as much balance throughout the body as possible. These weaknesses and imbalances can be hugely limiting you from reaching the next level.
  • Lifestyle. How you spend your days and deal with the stresses of everyday life can have a huge effect on your health. You may be great at managing work and family stress, staying calm under pressure, but then sabotage your health by not getting enough sleep at night. All of these factors are critical to recovering from training and growing as a person.

No matter what the weakness is, it’s crucial to be honest with yourself and work diligently to improve and make positive and lasting changes in your daily life. This can be the difference between wading in mediocrity and reaching the peaks of your potential.

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