There was a purpose to me telling you this, but I have forgotten what it was ....
Beef and salmon stir fry was on the menu today. I like the combination of fish and beef, not sure why exactly, I just feel like I've covered all bases and got the best of both worlds. What did you have?
Ah! I remember why I was telling you about the girls now, it wasn't just to gloat, it was to highlight their efficiency. Children have notoriously short attention spans, if they are not fully engrossed or entertained in an activity they just stop and there is no reasoning with them. Tea today with the kids was a perfect example. I was busy picking a fiddly fish bone out of my salmon and when I looked up I had lost one, she had obviously got bored or found something better to do and just bolted without me even realising. I just hope she turns up before Joanne gets home because it was her favourite.
This short attention span means that if you want to teach them anything you must keep it short, but this is not a bad thing, because short can also mean efficient if you are doing it right.
Efficiency seems to be something that is lacking in a lot of peoples training. A while ago I was talking to a lady called Sarah who wanted some advice on how to make her arms look better, because she was going to the gym three times a week for an hour but not getting any results.
She told me she started of with some stretches, went on the treadmill for 15 minutes, did some squats, tricep pushdowns, bicep curls and planks, then went on the bike for 15 minutes and finished off with some stretches.
Her problem was obvious, she was being dreadfully inefficient, only spending 10 minutes out of her hour on the things that were going to get her to her goal and her exercise selection could have been better. It was also 25 minutes into her session before she did anything purposeful, wasting 25 minutes of not just time, but energy too.
If I had got my daughter to loosen up with some stretches and do star jumps for 15 minutes before I put her on the bike and pushed her down the hill, she would have either been too tired to ride or off making loom bands and picking her nose because she got got bored. So we started off with exactly what she needed to reach her goal and got on the bike.
We changed Sarah's program so she started with exercises that will improve the muscles in her arms, press ups and horizontal rows. Doing these before anything else means she will be at her strongest, allowing her to lift heavier and get better results. Now can come the squats, plank, intervals on the rowing machine (rower burns more calories than the bike, intervals burn more calories than steady state cardio, which is more efficient) and finally stretches. She is now only in the gym for 45 minutes in the gym and is getting better results
Is your training efficient?
You need to ask yourself three questions:
What are my goals?
What exercises/activities will best help me achieve my goals?
Am I spending most of my time and effort on these activities?
If you answered no to the last question then you need to change things so that you are. Time and energy is of a premium so use it wisely.
If you are unsure of what you should be doing to get the results you want then just leave a comment below and I will help you out.