We all have weaknesses; the only difference is between those who acknowledge it and those who don’t. In this post we’re talking about specifically addressing health weaknesses. What we mean by that is, when it comes to our health we’re only as healthy as our weakest link. Outside of our health, we believe the opposite to be true; we believe we should double down on our strengths. For example, if we’re exceptional at public speaking but poor at writing, we shouldn’t try to write an average book at the expense of public speaking, because we could end up being average at two things. Instead, we should double down on the public speaking, start a podcast or a YouTube channel and become world class at that.
For the general population seeking GPP (general physical preparedness) we believe that addressing our health weaknesses is critical to promote the longevity of our overall health.
Below are 6 ways that we believe we can improve our weaknesses:
1. Identify/recognise the weakness: we must conduct an honest self-assessment and recognise our weaknesses. From the fit to the unfit, there’s always room for improvement in at least one area of the 5 principles of health: nutrition, exercise, sleep, mindset and/or relationships
2. Redefine weakness: the term weakness tends to have negative connotations; therefore, we prefer to define it as focus work. We’re addressing the same issue but with a positive approach. It’s like saying we have to eat our vegetables vs we get to each our vegetables; one is a chore, the other is a privilege
3. Figure out what the weakest link is: we must ask ourselves which area/s we need to invest more time into? For example, if we’re dialled in on our exercise, mindset and relationships, but our nutrition is good, and sleep is poor, we should focus on sleep before nutrition – we will be using our time effectively by addressing the weakest link first as it will result in the greatest yield
4. Root the cause: we must ask ourselves if it’s a neurological issue or an organic issue? Let’s use running as an example – if it was an organic issue we would be concerned about our speed, stamina, endurance etc. If it was a neurological issue we would be concerned about our timing, technique, coordination etc. If it’s an organic issue, we could get better by running more miles, but what if it it’s not? What if we’re over striding? What if we have a tight hip flexor that’s causing our leg to swing out to the side? What if we’re running with our chest too far forward? Pounding the pavement isn’t going to address any of those issues because they’re neurological. This is the value of having an experienced fitness professional with a trained eye – they can help root the cause and advise the appropriate remedy
5. Implement: choose a strategy and design a system that ensures action, because 100% of the people who only talk about what they’re going to do achieve zero results 100% of the time! If we say that we’re going to exercise 5 times per week but in reality, we only exercise once per week, we could get a personal trainer to motivate us and hold us accountable. If we say that we’re going to improve our nutrition, but we still order takeaways every Friday and Saturday out of habit, we should do something that’s going to break the habit. Only talking about what we’re going to do to improve our weaknesses is like telling the wind which direction to blow, it won’t change a thing
6. Ask for help: weaknesses don’t mean we’re weak, in fact we believe that asking for help is a sign of strength. Teamwork makes the dream work, and if we truly want to improve our weaknesses, we should humble ourselves and ask for help
As experienced fitness professionals who’ve worked with people from all walks of life, we understand what needs to be done to improve weaknesses, and importantly how. We may seem biased, but when you’ve been in the health and fitness industry for over 15 years like we have, you develop a strong sense of which strategy will work best for which individual because everybody is different – different goals, skills, motivations, weaknesses, levels of fitness, exercise histories, relationships with food, definitions of health and fitness – we take all of that into consideration when deciding what the best use of the individuals time will be to help them truly improve and move forward.
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