Wednesday, December 2

While I was home for Thanksgiving I fell into the inevitable discussion with the family about health and nutrition and I said that everyone basically knows what is good for you, but we just don’t do it. My theory is that most people know what foods are good and which aren’t, we just choose to eat the bad ones a lot of the time.

Why?

Answering that question is probably different for everyone. And the answer may not be clear to you right now. But you should start thinking about it.

Why do we make choices that we know are not good for us? It doesn’t make any sense, but we all do it from time to time, and some more than others.

In the book No Sweat by Michelle Segar people are asked why they workout. 75% said they workout for better health or weight loss and 25% said they workout because it makes them feel great. Turns out, the group that worked out for better health and weight loss did it 32% less than the feel great group.

According to the book, humans are hard-wired to seek immediate gratification over long term benefits. That makes total sense when it comes to why we choose to eat foods that are bad for us. They taste great in the moment (immediate gratification) and we don’t think about the long-term detriments.

So, you need to figure out your motivation. Do feel good after a workout? If so, use that as your motivation rather than an long-term weight-loss goal that may take months or years to reach. Think about the great feeling you have from exercising with great people and enjoy the moment. Then, the long-term goals will fall into place.

For more on No Sweat and the science of motivation, click here. (Thanks again for sharing, Greg)

Workout for Wednesday, December 2
For Time:
1 Round of
50 Wall Balls (20 to 10′, 14 to 9′)
50 Sit Ups
Rest 5 min
2 Rounds of
25 Wall Balls
15 C2B Pull Ups
Rest 5 min
5 Rounds of
10 Pull Ups
10 Power Snatches (75/55)