Sometimes when my daughter and I are riding our bikes, we will be going full speed down a hill and she will turn around to look at me. I cringe at the thought of her hitting a bump or losing her balance… you can picture the rest. I yell, “Focus on you, Darlin’. Focus on you!”
I like using this analogy of riding a bike for living life. First, its important to have a well maintained vehicle with enough air in the tires and grease on the gears. It is also important to know where home is, so if it starts to rain or you are done for the day, you have a place to rest.
As you are riding, it is important to not spend time looking behind you lest you hit a tree. Looking too far ahead may also cause you to lose your balance or miss a bump in the road for which you might need extra concentration. Carrying extra weight or baggage will make your ride a little more difficult and a little slower. Focusing on the other riders will take your concentration off the most important thing – which is your own balance. Without your own sense of balance, you will hit the pavement hard (and that does not feel good, believe me).
If you do fall and you are injured, please call 911 or at least a team of caring friends and loved ones that can help patch you up. Don’t wait too long to get back on that bike. Fear may begin to consume you and you may find yourself doing a lot of sitting around (watching your waistline expand).
When you get on that bike again, focus on you.
And maybe, just maybe, during your ride, you can appreciate how the sun feels on your face, how good it feels to move your body, how the wind feels on your cheeks, how satisfying it feels to challenge yourself with that extra steep hill, and then how exhilarating it feels to speed down, or how relaxing it feels to coast around the neighborhood.
Who would have thought that animals such as ourselves could balance on two wheels? If it were any other animal, it would look like a circus act!
Focus on you and you’ll make it look easy.
If I can do it, you can do it!
“In today’s society we sometimes forget to balance our hearts and our heads; this is the reason we stop laughing.” – Yakov Smirnoff
“No person, no place, and no thing has any power over us, for ‘we’ are the only thinkers in our mind. When we create peace and harmony and balance in our minds, we will find it in our lives.” – Louise L. Hay
Our bodies and brains need us to take care of them. They need a certain amount of sleep, good, healthy food, and exercise to work at their best. If we are not doing all of these things, we are not working at our best. The consequences of this are plentiful – irritability, depression, inattention, impulse control issues, moodiness, sluggishness, anxiety, procrastination, weight problems, heart and other health problems, stress… need I say more?
Perfection is not needed in these areas. Do not set yourself up for failure. (“I don’t have time to go to the gym for an hour, so I’m not going to go at all.”) Set your goals small and obtainable. After reaching your goals for 1-2 weeks, increase them. If you slide out of the habit, start again with small obtainable goals. Each moment of every day you get the opportunity to start anew.
Health professionals recommend that adults get 75 minutes of rigorous exercise a week. That is about 11 minutes a day. Can you jump rope or run around the block for 11 minutes a day? Start with 1 or 2 minutes and work your way up. Something is better than nothing.
For healthy exercise standards, go to http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/exercise/AN01713
Adults need 7-9 hours of sleep a night. Only you know how much sleep enables you to function at your best. Set a goal of increasing or decreasing the amount of time you spend in bed each night by 5 minutes.
To view healthy sleep requirements, go to http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/how-many-hours-of-sleep-are-enough/AN01487
To learn some ways to improve your sleep habits, go to http://www.helpguide.org/life/sleep_tips.htm
For a personalized healthy eating regime, see a nutritionist.
Hire a life coach to help with the follow-through and accountability.
If I can do it, you can do it!
“To keep the body in good health is a duty… otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear.” – Buddha