Monday, September 3, 2012

GTS Maui Edition - Slightly Rewarded, Slightly Punished

Greetings from Maui! Miss being in the gym with everyone, but its hard to resist this paradise!

Read this blog post via Seth Godin this morning, and wanted to share.

Slightly rewarded (slightly punished)

For most of us, it's not the big traps that mess us up, it's the little ones.
Every time I break stride and distract myself by checking my email (a hundred times in a bad day), I get a small reward. I get the satisfaction of starting and finishing a project, on time and for free.
For a lot of people, every time they drink a Coke instead of a glass of water, they get a small punishment in exchange for their treat. One Coke never hurt anyone, but a hundred of them make you fat.
One way to change behavior is to keep track of how often these little events occur, because seeing them lined up on the windowsill might be enough to change your mind. The other way is to make those events louder. I'm pretty sure that if I got an electric shock every time I stopped to check my email, I'd only do it daily...

Like many of Seth's posts, this can be applied to just about everything in life. Training, diet, everyday movement patterns, flexibility, and good/bad habits. 
Its not the one time action that creates the negative or positive result we want... its hundreds to thousands of those actions over time that create it.
  • A "workout" doesn't make us leaner, stronger, faster... its 100's to 1000's that do.
  • Eating chocolate or ice cream doesn't make you fat... making a daily routine of it might...
  • Sitting in a chair hunched over for an hour or two won't do much damage... but compound that over 12 hours a day x 5+ years and we've got ourselves some serious mechanical changes in how your body moves.
Ok... back to the adventures of island life... 

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