Prioritizing the Right Priorities

In life we make choices. And generally the prioritization of these choices revolves around resources. With time being the most precious.

We don’t stay up for another episode on Netflix because we work in 10hrs, and we like getting 8hrs of sleep. Or we play 9 holes on Sunday instead of 18 because we have a lot to get done around the house.

Prioritization based on importance, or choosing one thing over another, also happens. Like missing poker night with your buddies to go to your daughters dance recital, or cancelling a shopping date with a girlfriend to visit a sick relative.

How both of these behaviors apply to diet and exercise is easy to understand, but recognizing how this extends beyond deciding whether or not to go to the gym or eat that dessert, is a little harder.

Just like in life, some of us are doing a better job prioritizing our health, and we’re experiencing the results from our efforts. But unlike life, many of us are making the ‘right’ choices, and not seeing the results. Usually because we’re confused about what the right choices are…or we don’t recognize that the good choices we’re making are displacing better ones.

With exercise, I obviously mean choosing cardio as your method for getting fit. I’ve already illustrated how inefficient, ineffective, and potentially damaging it is, but the main reason it’s a bad choice is because it’s preventing you from doing weight-training.

The majority wants to exercise very little, or has very little time to exercise. So it’s a waste to spend this minimal time on the least effective method for getting fit.  Not only because you won’t reach your goals, but because people usually end up abandoning exercise altogether when they don’t.

(…or worse, start dedicating more time to it!)

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Nutrition is a similar story. As we have a certain amount of food we can consume in a day, and each choice displaces another. Although, the major difference is ‘we have to eat.’ Which some would argue makes it’s more significant.

The other difference is that there are A LOT of options. Meaning plenty of ‘healthy’ foods that take the place of ‘healthier’ foods.

So, sure an apple is better than a chocolate bar, but what’s it replacing?

And more importantly, can you afford to replace it?

Unfortunately, the answer to the first question is usually ‘animal protein.’ And whether you’re an aging female on the verge of osteoporosis, or a 30yrd old dad trying to shed some body fat, the answer to the second question is ‘no you can’t.’

The same applies to weight-training, for both the young lad trying to shed the dad bod, and the old bird trying to build her bones. They may be prioritizing their time properly, but their putting their energy towards the wrong behavior.

And as a result, they won’t be rewarded for their efforts.

Stay Lean!

Coach Mike


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