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Don’t try to put too much on your plate

This article is from the fitness standpoint, but I believe it also applies to many aspects of life. Oftentimes, as humans, we are overly ambitious. We want this and that. We think we need those too. However, we quickly realise that all of these small little things add up very quickly. Before you know it, it is so mentally taxing and you can barely accomplish anything of good quality.

For example, when we wake up everyday, we are subconsciously making decisions all the time. What to wear, what to do first thing in the morning, what to eat. So I always like to say, try to fixate a few things in your life such that they become routine. For example, I eat the same breakfast every morning (a bowl of oats and 2 kiwis) and I do the same thing every morning, clear my bladder and weigh myself. All these have become habits and so natural for me to do so that I don’t need to make a decision anymore.

How does this apply to lifting?

Many times, when newbies start trying to enter the fitness world. They want to accomplish a lot. They want to gain strength, look big, run fast, run long, jump high and everything in between. Unless you are a genetic freak of nature, it is impossible to accomplish so much in a short period of time.

By doing so, you are hurting the progress of others. There is this myth that cardio ruins your lifting strength. It is false but there is some truth to it. Cardio lets you burn calories. If you do not consume enough calories to have sufficient energy to push the weight, it is difficult to gain strength. This is how the myth came about. However, if you are disciplined enough to do cardio and eat in a caloric surplus to gain strength, props to you.

So what can I do?

If you are reading this, you are probably not a fitness star, bodybuilder or anything near to the pro level. Fitness is probably your hobby or something you are trying to indulge in.

Well, if it does not really affect your income, why strive to achieve so much? To brag to your friends? To impress your crush? No need for these superficial goals. What really matters is if you like it and if it improves your health.

If you like lifting and gaining strength, pick a good program with good progression and deload methods. Stick to it. Eat in a surplus. Give it time and you will become good at it.

If you like running, run more.

If you like swimming, swim more.

If you like playing basketball, play it more often.

My point is, you do not need to be Lü Xiaojun, Lebron James, Michael Phelps, Usain Bolt all at the same time. These people took decades to perfect their skill in the sport they focus on. You do not even earn money from doing any of these. Why divide your concentration so much? Pick one or two you like and do it more often.

Okay, if you want to do it for fun and to learn, it’s fine too. This is more targeted if you want to become more proficient at something.

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