Better Exercise Results Does Not Mean More Exercise
Wouldn’t we all like better exercise results? Traditionally that meant more. More time, more repetitions, more sets, more speed, more something.
The question isn’t whether you’re exercising or not. It’s whether what you’re doing is really making a difference.
It’s so much like running a business that I can’t help but compare business and fitness.
The question for a business owner isn’t whether your busy or not, it’s whether you’re spending your time in the best activities. Are you prioritizing your time optimally?
I’ve observed so many times – in myself – and in other managers and fitness professionals a lot of busy work. There are people who will work constantly and they’re working hard. The problem is that they don’t see clearly what their time should be spent doing to make them more productive, and not just busy.
I don’t believe in time management and… I’m betting you’re the same. By the time you reach midlife you realize that time doesn’t bow down to our management of it.
We can only manage the energy we have. We can manage the focus and ability to concentrate.
When I work with women entrepreneurs or admins we don’t focus on the list of things that has to get done. We focus on the biggest priority items – those that get move the needle the most. When we’ve got them defined then it’s a matter of defining the best time for focus, concentration, and uninterrupted attention on those tasks.
Any of us can be busy. We can be well intentioned. But if we were just in action without a plan, if you weren’t the boss of your own business or department you’d probably be gone soon, right?
What if someone were paying you based on outcome and transformation? And at the end of the month, or quarter you hadn’t made any changes in the bottom line? (and maybe you’re exhausted!) Better exercise results, just like better job performance don’t necessarily happen because of more energy, effort, or time. It’s always about smarter work and the work that matters.
Sometimes that’s acceptable if… there is some evidence of prerequisite or actions that had to happen first before the big outcome in place.
So let’s look at your fitness activities and outcomes as if you were running the business of you. (You are!)
What transformation do you want?
If I’m the business owner or an investor in a business, I’m concerned with the profit not just the total numbers.
Now, all that said, let’s make sure we’re on the same page. I’m going to go off on a little tangent here.… we’re only talking about businesses that have an important mission statement. There’s a need and there’s demand and the business is serving people in a way that changes the quality of life. That’s the goal of Flipping 50, so I want to be totally transparent here, I am running a business, and yes it’s because I have purpose and a mission that gets me up every day. I also have a family and responsibilities to them and a life to live that I love.
Bottom line is important. (You want better exercise results, not just more exercise.) Profit margin is more important. I can’t be spending just as much as I’m making. That just isn’t sustainable. The more I make, the more good I can do with it by hiring other women, by supporting the fitness industry with conference presentations that remove me from being available in my business.
Where do you come in? If I can transition back out of this tangent…
Well, first if you’re in a business, or starting one, you need to embrace the power of the good you can do if you’re doing well and wise in your business.
Second, your body is your business.
Your energy and well being are your profit. The confidence you gain if you look and feel your best are your profit.
Women – in general – not all, have a hard time with this profit. Just like money isn’t bad when it’s used for good, feeling good – looking good- spending time to care for yourself isn’t bad if it’s used for good!
Weight though is not your real bottom line. Your body composition and your energy, ability to focus, concentrate, and physically do all the things you both need and want to do are a better profit margin. Signs and symptoms of good health now and for your future include
- the quality and quantity of your sleep
- your digestion – a lack of gas, bloating, constipation, diarrhea
- ability to handle stress
- energy to do all you want to do
- lack of cravings
- a good appetite and good satiety
- glowing skin
- muscle tone and definition
- you’re at your ideal size and weight
- lack of medications
- no addictions – sugar, caffeine, exercise, alcohol
Take the quiz… of healthy habits of women who’ve flipped 50 successfully… it’s on the home page at flippingfifty.com
It’s simple pdf… not interactive and electronic… but for you to do now… then take again after a few weeks when you’ve begun to focus on those items
The reason you do something may not be at all the reason you think you do something.
What are you really hungry for?
Emotional eating could be something other than addiction.
Instead of a real desire for sugar – could you be craving social engagement?
Instead of addicted to some particular food could you be recreating a memory?
Instead of really enjoying a particular food is it a feeling you’re trying to get back to?
Exercise that counts most is what you want to determine. What’s the reason behind doing anything?
Weight training with biggest muscle groups:
- Chest muscles
- Back muscles
- Ball bridges and ball hamstring curls
- Instead of isolated exercises
Machine weights are good – but not all of them
- Seated chest press
- Seated row
- Lat pulldown
- Squat or leg press
Free weights – demonstrated in all of the Flipping 50 videos
- Chest Press
- Bent Over Row
- Bent Arm Pullover
What’s not going to help your metabolism, or help you go sleeveless –
Going right for the arm exercises if you’re not eating well, sleeping well, and first doing major muscle group exercises. Better exercise results have some logic behind the what you’re doing, why you’re doing it, and how you’re doing it.
So at the end of this episode, I want to challenge you.
- to be sure you’re comfortable with your own health profit margin
- to spend time only where it moves the needle most for you right now… and if you don’t know what that is… it’s time to find out.
If you’re exhausted and can’t lose weight… it may be that you need a special program temporarily targeting your adrenals and getting you back on your feet. Better exercise results won’t come if you’re digging yourself deeper in a hole.
If you want to change your body composition to lose belly fat… you don’t want to lose weight… did you know that most of the very things we do to lose weight backfire and put more weight (more fat weight) on us.
So I want you to go to the quiz first and foremost! Take that and determine if you need to make changes to put the business of your body first. If you’re already exercising and want better exercise results, you need to make a change somewhere. The quiz will help you determine where.
Then if you’re a fast –action taker… and you’re listening to this before Feb 1 2018 you can still get the After 50 fitness formula for women, my signature course and the bonus Bone Health mini course for a savings of $50 …. The rate on this combo goes up Feb 1- and believe me it’s worth every penny of the new rate… but my mission is to help as many women as possible.
If you’re not able to do private coaching- which would be the most amazing direct way to your goals and your highest priority exercise, exercise nutrition, and lifestyle habits, then this is the next best thing. Better exercise results usually come from you doing a targeted purposeful exercise program instead of randomly exercising.
I’ll also add a link about coaching in the notes so if it is right for you – you’re a busy business woman who wants to focus on breaking through old habits and understand the best way to reach fitness goals after 50 .. you can see how it works, who I am, and apply for a coaching spot.