The wheel of life goes round and round. How smooth is your wheel and how close to the edge are you?
Health & Fitness is the stand out priority no matter how wonky your wheel might look. Literally everything hinges on it. Let’s take a look and put that little assertion to the test.
Career & Work. I hear this one a A LOT! “I have no time for exercise because I am working so hard to forward my career and build a future for my family, so my job is my main focus for now. When I get on top of this then I will spend more time with my family, and then get to looking after myself”. How much time do you think you have in this life? It’s a no brainer that you will perform better when you are healthy and fit, and your family will want to spend time with you when you have the energy to give. Cart before the horse and all that! Also, let’s get one thing straight. No one ever said on their deathbed, “gee I wish I spent more time at work”. So if your career and work are getting on top of you (and you will know this by the stress you feel) carve out some “me” time now, because the investment reaps dividends every time. Even if you think it won’t… Trust me I am a personal trainer 🙂
“Me” time by the way is not getting to the pub and downing 6 schooners at lunch. I worked in a fitness center in London where the boys did this after a game of squash and went back to work….in finance. I kid you not! Drinking beer with your mates might be “you” time but from doing this there are consequences to other parts of the wheel. As I’m sure you know, there are definitely no health & fitness benefits to that little ritual even if you do hit a little ball around first.
Get up and begin your day with a simple walk. No exercise equipment required. Just walk. Slow down the mind, breathe, put one foot in front of the other and get some time out. It is amazing how movement can be a medicine in itself. You don’t have to pound the boxing bag, red zone your heart rate on your MyZone belt or sweat up a storm to achieve benefits. In saying that, it is true that for the right person, exerting this kind of energy will be a better move than a leisurely walk. You know who you are!
Choose your poison when it comes to exercise, but know that whatever it is you do, being more active will be time well spent for almost every other part of your wheel of life you can think of.
Let’s look at some other parts of the wheel and see how health & fitness interacts.
Fun & Recreation. You can make your health and fitness routine very much part of this segment of the wheel. In fact, I think you should. When you do exercise that is fun, you are way more likely to keep doing it. Think about this: how much keener are you to play fun games where the exercise is kind of incidental compared to the thought of pounding out 400m interval runs? The more you can blend the segments of the wheel together seamlessly rather than compartmentalising, the more your life will flow.
Now, imagine if you could combine Family & Friends, Health & Fitness AND Fun & Recreation. It is not too hard to see how playing a game of volleyball on the beach could take care of all of these categories and potentially a couple more, now that I think about it.
Depending on which Wheel of Life you are looking at, I believe you could get Personal Growth (another segment from most of the wheels I researched) from learning a martial art with your son or daughter. Think about how much fun it is to pretend to be Bruce Lee whilst you practice your kata on the beach. Check now to Physical Environment! Many birds. One Stone.
Are there any other segments left on that darn wheel? Some may say Finance (which admittedly could be seen as different to Career with which it is sometimes combined) and again you will get the argument that “nothing happens without dollars so I have to make this the number one priority and to hell with the run!” Well, you know what? Being healthy and fit will make your brain better [insert here copious gold standard peer review papers strongly suggesting this same point] so you can make better financial decisions.
So BOOM! Now, tell me which part of the wheel needs your attention the most? I figure that health & fitness is actually not even on the wheel but the engine that drives it.
Arrogant personal trainers…!