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I wrote this post for a fellow blogger who was kind enough to let me post on her site. It outlines 6 keys to using timing and circumstance as tools to improve your overall fitness.
Here’s an excerpt (if you want to see the whole thing check it out here):
Have you ever walked out of a job interview kicking yourself for not giving the absolute best answer to a question? You’re replaying the moment in your head over and over again and wondering why, “I just work too fast,” was the answer that popped into your head as the interviewer asked, “What is your greatest weakness?”
“Really? That’s just about the most generic answer you could’ve given,” you think to yourself. At that moment you commit to forget about it, move on, and open the door to the building as you step outside and the sunshine hits your face.
Then, as if the thought bubble popped up above your head, it comes to you. “I’m not as well versed in X as some of my colleagues, but I’ve taken classes with Y and seminars at Z to help strengthen my knowledge base. These experiences have me well prepared to draw on my work with (insert name of awesome employer here) and contribute toward the success of your team.”
Ten minutes too late. That could’ve been the difference… Maybe you land the job, maybe you don’t but the point is this – if the timing had been different just 10 minutes, you would be in a better position (at least in your mind). Whatever the circumstances, they just weren’t right for your ideal answer to be available to you.
Timing and circumstance aren’t restricted to job interviews, they’re also tied to your fitness.
Here are 6 keys to putting yourself in the best position possible to improve your fitness before you lift a weight or jog a lap:
1) Find out what time of day works best for you
The time of day one exercises has been shown to have significant impacts on performance in athletes of many sports (just do a search on google scholar or your favorite scientific journal’s website). Meaning athletes perform better in the evening, for example, as compared with the morning. The variations can change with different sports, exercises, and athletes.
So, even if you’re not a professional athlete, why not try a morning workout one day if you normally pump iron in the evenings, or get your heart rate up during the lunch hour rather than right after work. If your specific biochemistry and circadian rhythm line up optimally for a 5:00 pm workout you’ll be fighting an uphill battle if you’re always fighting the alarm clock to get up and exercise first thing in the morning.
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