-by Brett MacLean
I can remember my parents warning me about this; is it me, or did 2015 seem shorter than 2014? Did February seem to pass by quicker then January. I know it has less days — let’s not state the obvious here, I am getting to the point…
As we age we develop mundane routines, the days begin to blend together, and time seemingly passes us by. So when we get caught in dreaded autopilot mode, we’re racing through the day with no real detail of our surroundings. It’s like when your commuting down the Sookeihaila (See what I did there? The Coquilhaila, but ‘Sookeihaila’ because it’s got just as many curves? I’m getting funnier!) to work—sometimes, you get to your destination with no real memory of even driving there.[sam id=”15″ codes=”true”]Highly educated individuals spend years researching this phenomenon they call “time pressure”, and it goes hand in hand with stress. The more stressed we are, the less likely we are to be focused and present on the moment – we’re just trying to get through the day as quickly as possible. When we do that, we don’t have time to take in our surroundings and build detailed memories. Drumroll please…thus our perception of time flies.
The time you spend in the gym should NOT be on autopilot! One of the most effective ways to combat this is by adding some neuron-activating compound exercises, or trying a new group fitness class. Changing up your routine can make a big difference in how you perceive time, not to mention changing up physical stimulus is essential for overall composition development. Tempo, rep and set counts, pyramid training, HIIT, or just a simply attending a spinning class instead of mindlessly plodding along on the treadmill are all great options! If you are consistently hitting the gym, but not making progress, you need to take a step back and assess if you are truly spending your time effectively and with the correct stimulus for your goals.
Does this all sound like Russian jargon to you? Drop me an email – I’ll help.
Taking it one moment and one rep at a time,
Sooke Health & Fitness
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