Every year I find myself re-reading a blog post in The New York Times, called The Busy Trap. It is, hands down, my favourite blog post on the internet.
The number one excuse for not exercising is not having enough time. The second is not feeling like it. At least, that’s what my experience has been. Maybe you’re like me. Don’t worry, you’re in good company. I don’t judge.
“How’d your exercise goals go this week?” That’s the weekly phone notification that Patrollers receive on their phone each Sunday. A simple message with a simple goal: to make you stop and actually think about your goals.
Let’s entertain a thought for a second. Imagine that after eating a healthy meal, you instantly lost weight. When you completed a set of sit ups, your abs literally popped out of your stomach like skittles. Delicious, rainbow coloured skittle abs. The best kind of abs.
New year. New you. Etc etc. Blah blah. You know the deal. We’ve just past the busiest week of the year for online and offline media to fill their quota about resolutions and goals. And boy, do people have polar opinions about it.
They say that you shouldn’t put anything online that you wouldn’t want your Mum to see. Turns out, that’s a pretty good guideline to live by. But what if you also had to tell your Mum about every single thing that you put in your shopping basket?
I’m an Olympic Athlete, and my goal is to be the best in the world in my chosen event. As I write this, the 2016 Rio Olympic Games is coming to an end. You can’t argue, it’s inspiring to watch. Athletes from around the world dedicating their lives in the pursuit of gold and glory.
You’re not mistaken. I haven’t accidentally put a post from my gaming project on the wrong blog. Pokémon GO is all the rage at the moment. For how long, it’s hard to tell, but regardless I think we can draw some interesting correlations from the game. Go with me here.
I’m going to go against all conventional blogging wisdom and disappoint you in the very second sentence of this blog post. I’m not going to tell you how to maximise your exercise efforts. You’d be perfectly entitled to stop reading right this moment. Or you could keep reading. The choice is yours.