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31/03/2009

Toughen up soldier

Crying like a little girrrrl? If you have ever seen the moving wedding crashers you will, right now have the image of Owen Wilson denying that he was crying like a little girl, in your head right now. Once you get through the mirth associated with that particular scene and hopefully you are smiling, let’s get to the whinging and whining! There can be no doubt we are in tough times, but will you cry like a little girl or take action? The choice is definitely yours. It is true there is a lot happening at the moment which is out our control but how we respond is not. If I told you the story of someone who had invested in a very expensive piece of machinery, which their business absolutely depended and that, in attempt to ‘save’ money neglected regular maintenance, you would say that person was being short sighted. The thing that most of us are lucky to have, which we absolutely depend on and now more than ever, is the healthy functioning of our body and mind. That is what is going to get us through every time. As trainers we deal with all types and nothing gives us more satisfaction than seeing our clients rise to the challenge. This attitude of ‘toughing it out’ in a session is something which can and usually does permeate all areas of life. The exercise habit is not a luxury or the actions of the crazy ‘fitness fanatic’ it is the only common sense approach to employ because you can […]
31/03/2009

Australia is the winner??

Are we really the fattest nation in the world? It is hard to believe the recent findings of health researchers that Australia has overtaken the US in  obesity numbers, in the race that no one wants to win. It is especially hard to believe when you see the record crowds turning out for events like the upcoming Great Brisbane Bike Ride. Perhaps it was the wake-up call we needed and people are finally taking heed of the dire warnings issued about the consequences of a sedentary lifestyle. As is often the case, the coming of Spring sparked the movement and action missing, in what was a pretty cold Winter by Queensland standards. As the owner of a fitness, health and performance enhancement business it is not unusual to see a spike in interest in getting help, as the warmer weather kicks back in. The converse is true, as Winter approaches now. People tend to hibernate which is a pretty strange concept as we have some of the most temperate and generally agreed upon, ‘best’ winter weather on the planet. Our advice, as we move out of the hotter months is ‘use’ it to enjoy moving outdoors in optimal exercising weather. Whatever your motivator, it is wise to use it while you can because the hardest part is overcoming the grinding inertia of an extended period of inactivity. The trick is to traverse the path of behaviour-change leading to the point where exercise is as indispensable to your daily ritual, as is cleaning your teeth. It is only when you get […]
09/03/2009

Read to keep your mind alive

I just finished reading “the monk who sold his ferrari”. I highly recommend this book. It is a modern fable of the traps most of us fall in to and the way to live a special life and avoid a truly tragic waste of our most precious gift. As a former psych student and current student of the mind it is really good stuff. Since we trade in behaviour change here at best practice, we recognise the mind as the most potent of weapons for our clients in the fight for transformation. I have never been a big fan of routine because of the perceived suppression of creativity and a life of spontaneity. But the truth is that real results are not possible without adhering to a routine of some kind. I do believe though that it is possible to balance ritual with originality. In fact I think truly effective living will have a healthy combination of both. Read the book and post a comment. Keep that mind active, it is truly the most amazing computer on the planet.