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September 2008 Fit Tip

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FITNESS TIP OF THE WEEK:  URGENCY & IMPORTANCE   

Are your days spent handling crisises and trivial tasks or are they spent on important matters that are furthering you towards your goals?  It’s easy to get caught up in day to day crisis that seem omnipotent and are all all consuming not leaving us time for the really important things.  Most tasks will fall into 1 of 4 categories:  #1. things that are both important and urgent such as deadline-driven projects, meetings and preparations, undergoing heart surgery or a child that has fallen and hurt themselves; # 2.  preparation, prevention, relationship building, exercise/healthy eating,  true recreation and planning; #3. interruptions, some phone calls, emails, some reports and meetings, laundry, housecleaning; #4. trivia, busywork, time wasters, surfing the net, excessive television, addictive novels.  #4 is a waste, we shouldn’t be here at all but are usually are so battle scarred from #1 and # 3 we escape here; it is a method of deterioration.  If you’re like most people much of our time is spent in #1 & #3;  you need to ask yourself what important things are not receiving your time and attention?  Why don’t we spend more time in # 2?  Probably because they are not urgent, they aren’t pressing, they don’t act on us AND we have to act on them.  If we spend more time in #2 we spend less time putting out fires in #1  We’re usually not there by choice but by default, many important activites become urgent because we don’t do enough planning or prevention.  Some time spent on number #1 is necessary but how do we spend more time on #2?  Take it from your activites in #1, #3.

Most of us realize that a good percentage of health problems are lifestyle related.  Without an extreme “wake up call”, such as a heart attack many of us live in a rescue fantasy.  We live the way we want to live–little or no exericse, poor nutrition, burning the candle at both ends–and when we have a problem we expect the medical professions to pick up the pieces.  While we may be able to diminish the pain with prescriptions and band aids, if we’re really going to make a difference, we need to go to the underlying root cause.  We need to attend to prevention.  This is true in all areas of our lives.

A FIT life is the BEST life!

Paula Jager CSCS
Jaguar Total Fitness
11730 N Dale Mabry
Tampa, FL  33618
813-908-6464
www.crossfitjaguar.com

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