I am a big fan of athletics, so obviously I was glued to the Rio Olympics in the summer. I was delighted to see Usain Bolt inaugurated into the heady category of “living legend” by winning the 100 metres, 200 metres and 100 metre sprint relay not just in Rio, but now in 3 consecutive Olympic Games, as well as being world champion and world record holder. It got me thinking about the “power of 3” as it is often known. For 2017, I have devised my own suggestions for a Triple Treble – ways that you can improve several aspects of your life, all at the same time.
Here are 3 categories that you might like to work on:
Let’s look at 3 aspects of each category. I could do more than 3 on each one, but it’s a well-known fact that if you try to change too many things all at once, it all seems to be a bit overwhelming and you may end up not doing anything. If you change 3 things per month, every month for the next 12 months, by the end of 2017 you will have completely changed your life around (if you want to, that is). Amazing!
This is a big one. Accept that where you are right now is as a result of all the choices you have made thus far. We don’t make good choices all the time. Forgive yourself and move on, ensuring that you look to upgrade your choices at every opportunity. See things as they are, but not worse than they are. Always.
Tony Robbins says in one of his lectures that positive thinking is not a matter of walking into the garden and repeating time after time “there are no weeds, there are no weeds” if there are weeds everywhere. We have to recognise the weeds and be strong enough to pull them out. It’s the same with ourselves. Like attracts like. If we put out a positive vibe to the Universe, it really does seem to listen and give us back more of the same. Yes, I totally accept that you don’t always feel positive every day. But look for everything that is good in your life, rather than focusing on the bad.
One of my extremely happy friends refuses to associate with the “energy sappers”, as she calls them. It can be scary to distance yourself from members of your peer group, but if they are dragging you down and preventing you from being at your best you might have to, painful as that might be. Onwards and upwards for personal growth.
For more motivational stuff on attitude, have a look at this article from Neil Martin, who has written the foreword for my forthcoming book, The Fatigue Solution.
This is one of the biggest upgrades you can make in your life. I appreciate that most of my readers will be plant-based eaters anyway, but the more you can move away from animal-based protein, the better your health status will be; reducing your risk of cardiovascular disease, cancer and many other degenerative problems. Vegans also tend to weigh less than any other dietary group. With the most common New Year’s resolution being to lose weight, this is a bonus for everyone.
Commit to eating more sprouted food. It will give you energy, fuel your activities (see below) and provide many important micronutrients.
Get juicing (greens, not fruit)
This is my one “non-negotiable”; I drink green juice every day. It hydrates me, keeps my skin in good condition and makes my hair grow faster (yes, really). Use celery, cucumber, sunflower greens and pea shoots for the best results. Add turmeric, lime and blue-green algae for even better results. See my article about juicing and my juicer recommendations here.
Moderate intensity exercise needs to be done for at least 35 minutes, 5 times a week to get improvements. Start off slowly if you haven’t exercised for a while. You can’t go from sofa to marathon in one leap. Cardio exercises include brisk walking, running, swimming, cycling, trampolining… anything that raises your heart rate continuously.
Strength and power
This is so important, especially as we age, since we start to lose muscle mass. Weight training not only strengthens your bones (see my book Love Your Bones for more info) but also gives you better definition and a more attractive physique. Say goodbye to bingo wings!
A contentious issue for some people, and I once heard someone in a sports lecture saying “racehorses don’t stretch”. However, practically all the fitness instructors I have ever trained with bring stretching into their routines. It reduces the risk of injury and makes it easier to carry out everyday tasks with ease. After all, you never know when you might have to pick something up off the floor…
So that’s one Triple Treble for the New Year; feel free to invent your own, depending on what you want to focus on. And if you need help with any of the above (particularly the second category) why not consider a consultation with me to help you start 2017 off on the right foot? And finally, remember that the distance between your dreams and reality is called action.