Have you ever started something and wondered where it will end up?
Maybe it’s a going for a long walk while on a vacation. You head out from your hotel with no real purpose in mind but simply to investigate and see what’s out there.
Or maybe it was the courses you took in school that you wondered where will I ever use this?
I’m sure we all have these moments.
Well today I’m going to meet up with my advisor from grad school, Dr. Harold Weger.
Harold may have taught me nothing about exercise physiology or nutrition but he definitely instilled many of the habits and skills I use on a daily basis that allow me to succeed at what I do.
Harold was the one who impressed upon me:
* To carry a notebook and write down every step I performed in the lab. To this day I am more likely to leave the house without my cell phone or glasses than my notebook.
* To read research critically and evaluate it based on the hypothesis, methods and results. His famous saying was ‘the take home message’ meaning the most crucial point of a study you should understand.
* To not get caught up in hype and marketing but to see value in something for the benefits it offered. In grad school I was probably the only grad student giving presentations on overhead sheets instead of powerpoint but under Harold’s tutelage I was a contender in the student’s presentation at a national conference.
* To bring passion to what I do every day. If class started at 8:30 am you knew you’d have 3 pages of notes by 8:35 because the guy was so excited about he was teaching us it was as though he felt there wasn’t a moment to waste and he had all this great info he needed to share with us. You couldn’t help but get excited about learning about zeoxanthins, iron chelation and chemostat theory!
So what the heck does this have to with fitness, performance and overall health?
Honestly, not a heck of a lot.
But sometimes we can’t understand some of the things that are asked of us.
And sometimes it’s difficult to get up the motivation and energy to act as though we actually want to be doing some of these things.
But here’s the cool thing about it.
Doing these things makes you stronger.
They build character.
And somewhere someone is watching you and being influenced by your passion, energy, excitement and overall attitude about what it is you are doing.
Someone thinks the things you do are pretty cool and looks up to you.
So take that opportunity to show them that exercise, rest, nutrition are positive things in your life that give you so many benefits that you couldn’t imagine not sharing it with them.
Because although this person may never do monumental things in the area of health, fitness or performance it will improve their life and allow them to do what they are passionate about that much better.
Have a great weekend,
Chris okanaganpeakperformance.com ‘always moving forward’