My 2012 mantra.
For all things…eating, running, barre n9ne, work, friendships.
This is something Tanya reinforced during a recent barre n9ne intensive workshop and it’s something I have really taken into account when it comes to refining my form in class, but in refining all areas of my life, generally (hello, refinement!).
In workouts, it’s truly not all about how hard you work out. Nope, it’s not. It’s about working out smarter.
Not doing 500 crunches just to say you did 500 crunches. Not sitting at the gym for 3 hours either. Because truly, what can you accomplish in the weight room that takes that many hours and is still effective? If you can do it smarter, you will most certainly be working out at the intensity level you need to actually see results. Focus on proper form, not how many reps you can do, because if you are doing 100 reps of something, you are probably either doing it wrong, or have bad form…see what I mean? Smarter, not harder.
Embarking on my run-challenge has proven to me that I needed to work smarter, that I needed to be regimented in the runs I choose to do each week and how I space them out. I’ve read countless blogs and articles that talk about running with purpose and not running ‘junk miles’ just to get those miles in. Don’t run a bunch of miles when your legs feel like absolute lead.
Take a day off. Rest them. Stretch them. Choose an alternate workout.
Alternatively, add in different runs to help you improve. Hello, intervals, and recovery runs and for me, ‘long’ runs. This is the first time that I have ever added this level of purpose behind my runs and in the 6 weeks since I started this challenge, I feel like I have already come so far. And why? Because I am working smarter.
The same holds true for my life, in general. I am choosing the friendships that matter most. The friends that are friends in return. That aren’t difficult. That ‘get’ me and genuinely care about me, and me about them.
At work? I am finally feeling like I have my routine down pat, my optimal writing hours vs. my optimal tactical get-shit-done hours, and weaving in some downtime, taking the breaks when I need to, instead of gogogo all day long. The brain needs to rest too, or else how can it think smarter?
Maybe I am rambling with this post, but for me, the premise behind ‘smarter, not harder’ has helped me completely transform everything from my mindset towards everything I face, every challenge, whether it be personal, professional and physical, with a smarter outlook…and even more importantly, without overthinking.
This mantra, combined with my release from overthinking has been so eye-opening and freeing, it is just incredible. So…I guess I just challenge you to think about it…are you working smarter? Or are you the hamster on the wheel, spinning your wheels and going nowhere fast?
Frankly, I prefer the former.
**and off I go…Costa Mesa bound tonight, and back on Thursday. Wish me luck on my first work trip of 2012 and lots of 5-hour energy ;-)**