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Health, fitness, running, weight loss... it doesn't have to be hard! Take it from a guy who's been there and "gets it" - your host, Darrell McTague. Having lost 130 lbs and finished ULTRAmarathons, he's learned it all the hard way so you don't have to.

Jun 8, 2018

The list of obstacles never shrinks.

If it's not one thing, it's another. Now, it seems, our own brains are working against us in our health & fitness efforts. But how, exactly? And how do we fight back?

No, friend - you are mistaken.

Health and fitness is always, it seems, harder than it has to be. If it's not one thing working against us, so we believe, it's another. Often times this is merely our perception and not, in fact, the truth. More often than not, the universe is not working against us - we simply feel that it is. We feel that we have an impossibly tall mountain to climb in order to get where we want to be. We feel that despite our best efforts there is simply too much in the way and though we WANT to, we simply cannot achieve our goals. I am here to tell you, friend - you are mistaken. This is simply how we feel, but in the usual course of things it is not a concrete fact. The universe is not working against you - it just feels that way. The stresses and pressures of life can often SEEM insurmountable, but I'm here to tell you, that you can, in fact, overcome it.

You're not ENTIRELY wrong, though.

While the Universe itself (with a capital "U") is not working against you, there are certain elements that are - and they're much closer to home than the grand idea of the "Universe". Your own brain and body, as a matter of fact, may be working against you in regard to your health and fitness. We discussed this in terms of your body when we talked about "Set-Point Theory" in episode 83 of the podcast. Recently I discovered that your brain does something eerily similar, albeit in a different fashion.

It's just trying to help.

The human brain is a truly incredible thing. It's incredibly powerful and is capable of so many things - it can even physically influence the body! That said, despite it's many marvels, there is simply a LOT of information to process each and every day. In order to be able to deal with it all and have you and I able to be functioning members of the world, it's developed ways - shortcuts, really - to help it process information. Your brain uses these "shortcuts" to help you make decisions and judgements. This, FitFriends, is where we begin to get into trouble.

This is just the tip of the iceberg.

This is a very long, involved conversation that requires much more of a deep dive than a blog post is going to be able to go. This topic is one of the many reasons I'm glad I have a podcast - I can discuss in 40 minutes what I can't necessarily blog about. So, please do give a listen to episode 91 of the podcast (linked below) where we do more of a deep dive on these mental shortcuts and how they get us into trouble. We're establishing a base here so we can have further, more specific conversations later. It's all very relevant to your health & fitness efforts, and I hope you'll find yourself able to deal with, and ultimately save yourself from, falling into some of these traps that we don't even realize we're stepping into.

For the full blog post and show notes visit the blog here.

What's in this episode: 

  • We talk procrastination and National Running Day
  • How things have been going lately
  • Friend of the show Ben’s ride in the Great Cycle Challenge
  • And we have a rather in-depth conversation about heuristics, cognitive bias, and how our brain may be inadvertently sabotaging our fitness efforts.

Episode Resources:

Episode 83 - Fighting Your Body - What Is "Set-Point Theory"?

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