Three-minute CT-Sessions: Perspective

 

Perspective – “a particular attitude towards or way of regarding something; a point of view”.

 

One day recently I found myself driving down a road I knew only too well – I know every turn, every shop and every house along its path. It’s the same road leading to the same destination I’ve always known. But despite my knowledge of the road and where it led, I had never driven back in the opposing direction, I’d usually take a different way back (don’t ask me why). This time was different, however, as the road I normally take back was closed, forcing me to return the same way I had come.

Before long, I had to stop halfway and check Google Maps on my phone. I was convinced I was lost. How could this be the same road I always came down? The houses I thought I knew had huge gardens behind them with fields stretching out to a river. I didn’t know there was a river? It’s funny how I can live for over two decades in one tiny village area, and only discover most of the landscape after looking back on the way I’d come.

A classic example of perspective. Source: briansolis.com

It goes to show the importance of turning things upside down once in a while. It’s a little thing called seeing things in a different perspective. Amazon CEO and founder, Jeff Bezos was an active spokesperson for its importance. He once said, “perspective is worth 80 I.Q. points”. And it’s easy to see why. Some of the most important business/ scientific discoveries came from shifts in perceptive and turning ideas on their head.
The next time someone dislikes a film you loved, maybe it’s because they weren’t seeing or picking up on the things that you were. Me and my friend recently watched a film in the cinema. To my surprise, I liked it and they disliked it. I couldn’t understand why? The cinematography was immense and I found the story line thrilling. Normally they would have really liked it – we’ve always like the same films. But then I discovered that they had just watched their favourite film the night before. What normally would be a great film can only at best appear average and worse than it was in reality against the best. The fresh memories of the highest-quality film from the previous night had changed their perspective in the cinema as they could compare them together.
We have to understand other people’s perspectives while making decisions. Source: thoughtcatalog

A rather amusing TED Talk featuring advertising guru, Rory Sutherland, particularly caught my attention on the topic. He draws attention to the “power of reframing things” and gives a funny example of being alone at a party. You can either stand there, outside on the balcony looking bored and unsociable, speaking to no-one. Or, if you simply find yourself with a cigarette in hand, sporting a new posture and everyone “suddenly thinks you’re a f***ing philosopher”.

In other words, things are not what they are; they are what we think they are and what we compare them to”

So why is perspective important? Well for one thing and as we saw just then, you can appear to not care or have less interest in things or people as they slowly fade from your immediate memory and thought. It doesn’t necessarily mean that people or objects are less important and useful to you, but it suggests we can forget at how important people once were to us, or how much we loved something in the past that slowly appears less amazing as the feeling produced from it has worn thin.

Looking through someone else’s eyes. Source: chrislovejoy.me

Consider the former as a tool to evaluate what you’re doing, how you act, how you are perceived,your posture, and use it to benefit yourself. After all, life is all about making decisions, perhaps considering different perspectives can give you the added insights required to make informed decisions. Or perhaps carrying some cigarettes on you can increase your ability to look candid and intriguing.

Perspective is beautiful, it’s a human quality. And of course, anything human is naturally flawed, as we are after all … the perfect imperfect beings.


 
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Find the link for that TED Talk on perspective here > https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iueVZJVEmEs

 

Four-minute CT-Sessions: Instantly own your life

“My life is so hectic right now … I don’t have time to do what I want … I am constantly drained”. We all experience this once in a while and need to get ourselves “back on track” – read the below and in about 4 minutes you’ll have the essentials to lead that balanced and healthy lifestyle you may have been missing.

Looks familiar? Source: divany.hu

Seven a night, at least

First and foremost, seven hours of sleep a night is essential! Set yourself a timer on your phone, cut out the late-night Netflix and get in bed with time to reach that magical 7-hour threshold. Whatever you have to do or undo, plan your evenings and mornings so that you’re waking up with the right amount of sleep and your body will thank-you later.

This little guy is doing it right! Source healthylnb.com

Drink, then drink again

It’s known that two litres of water a day is necessary. You’re not drinking enough if your urine is anything but a transparent colour. I find that finishing a fresh 1.5 litre bottle of water before, during and after sleep puts me in a better state to survive the rest of the day. And don’t stop there, fill it up again when you start to feel thirsty and make sure you get it down, you’re a warrior and you need to be alert to whatever may come your way. Whether it’s an angry manager, your girlfriend insisting on trying some of your Godly “too-good-to-be-shared” food, or the firing of 9am, algorithm-like questions headed straight your way that you realllllllly don’t want to answer – you’ll be ready for anything! As famously said by Bruce Lee, “be water, my friend”.

Drink, drink and drink more water. Source: tiresandparts.net

Eat the good stuff

Diet is sooo important. Stick to the boring food groups and get the right amount of protein, carbs, healthy fats, fruit, veg, vitamins, minerals, bla bla bla – just eat it and you’ll soon look like Arnold Schwarzenegger, before he hit the old-man status. It’s up to you to make the boring exciting by adding in some spice. We’ve recommended some great food blogs below that’ll ensure your body is consuming only the healthiest and tastiest foods. Don’t forget to plan to eat smaller portions more frequently and thank me later. Food is life.

Arnold knew about the right food groups. Be like Arnold. Source: flexmagazine.com

Be pro-active

As you may have noticed, everything comes down to that word we like to use, PLAN.

Scheduling your day in periods/ sessions/ sets (call it whatever you want, I’m easy) is the best way to lead that all-amazing balanced and healthy lifestyle that will have others gaping at your time-management and all-rounder status.

Physically writing things down on your phone and setting reminders will keep you aware of what and when you’re doing something while encouraging you to actually do it. Not bad huh? Need some gym time? Plan an hour after work – write it down and stick to it. Meeting friends? Plan a time where you can cram in that much-needed catch-up and socialising without compromising on other aspects of your new, let’s be honest, inspiring lifestyle.

Just plan. Source: bplans.com

Break the rules, a little

Things will come up you can’t plan for. Make time for these – if you have to swap time for friends with periods you had saved for exercise or reading (knowledge is power!) then swap them. But think of quick alternatives that ensure you maximise your ability to combine things at once.

Don’t be scared of multi-tasking in the right way. Source: theemotionmachine.com

If you’ve not listened to anything I just said, at least take this away. “Own” your life to the point that if someone asks you what you’re doing at 8pm, you’ll be able reply that you’re either cooking dinner, catching up on the news, having “chill time” or … you’ve just scheduled in a slot to go for that drink (inevitably you’re about to be asked as people want to ask you about your new amazing life) at 8pm with said person. It’s a win-win.

And who doesn’t like sleeping, drinking, eating good food and chilling with friends? Welcome to your new superman/woman lifestyle.


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Great food blogs:

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The complexity of the gym industry today and the 5 rules to get you through it.

The health and fitness industry today – it’s booming. And by this I mean: countless rows of food supplements online and in stores; endless streams of sign-up promotions; the never-ending blogs and vlogs promoting opposing theories and takes on how to “gym”. This industry is literally everywhere and it’s been clouding so many of us from the real way to stay in shape, maintain a balanced lifestyle and eat the right foods.

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So let’s cut through the irrelevant and get straight down to the essentials.

Today we are seeing more join the gym and actively begin their inevitably short-sighted endeavour to “get fit” or “stay active” or whatever it may be. It’s proven that 45% of us join the gym as a “new year’s resolution” in the hope of losing weight – but just 8% actually succeed.

Facts speak for themselves – the industry has deliberately over-complicated itself through mass advertisement and miss-leading theories so that we, the customer, (and albeit confused and innocent customer) are opening our pockets in the hope we will find a quick fix to a deep problem.

Flick onto Google and you’ll see possibly the biggest stream of unproven, health-related “ideas” and “solutions” that one could ever imagine. Protein, image, looks, muscles, dietary supplements, weight gaining supplements, different pills, liquids and powders that can do anything from giving you a more vascular-look or give you that unnatural energy boost for the pre-workout litter our internet today.

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It was only last week that one of my friends asked me: “where do you buy your protein from and oh, by the way, should I buy creatine or creatine monohydrate?”. It was at this point that I realised I have been so oblivious to the commercialisation of the industry. People who want to get involved in this unfortunately have to wade through utter pages of miss-matched theories before they can get the answer they want. If I were to then compare what my friends individually thought on “good” or “bad” foods – the results would be surprising with some arguing coffee and a glass of red wine a day being good for you while others saying the complete opposite.

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The truth is: we are getting such mixed responses from endless and nameless sources that the industry is in a complete money-making mess. The consumer is confused – but it doesn’t matter and big companies and so-called “experts” will always exploit the fact that we don’t really know what’s in our food supplements our why we should take things 8 times a day or before bed and the reasoning behind it. We, as a result, are miss-using these products and simply depending on big results from minimal effort.

Below are my 5 simple rules that echo the stripped-down and principal pillars of health.

1: Do not focus on one food type and do not use protein as a food replacement. Use it wisely. Consume normal amounts of protein straight after a work-out for maximum effect at replenishing torn muscles. But don’t be one of these guys who eats 8 scoops a day, breakfast, lunch and dinner. It’s not healthy.

2: There are no set techniques best suited to any one individual. Just because someone online says technique X is the best doesn’t necessarily mean it’s best for you. In fact, just stick to using the personal trainers in your gym, rather than online resources – as it’ll only confuse you more. Again, keep it simple. Do whatever feels comfortable yet gives you a satisfying workout – the results will show for themselves.

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3: Don’t force yourself to sign up for something you’re not going to do. You need to be mentally prepared when joining a gym. Write down your goal – it might be to attend just once a week or maybe for others, 4 times a week. Now stick to it, give room for a few exceptions and stay strong to what you’ve written. Discipline cannot be underestimated.

4: If you’ve skipped a day – and don’t intend of doing any other exercise – then compromise by not eating so many carbs. This is just wasted energy and will be stored as fat. No wonder so many people who “go to the gym” carb-load too much and end up looking worse than when they started.

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5: Know the theory. Eat the right amounts of protein, carbs, natural fats and fruit and veg. Restrict yourself on all the unhealthy things – alcohol, cigarettes and artificial sugars/ fats. Easy?

 

With these rules in mind – you are well on your way to a comfortable health transformation to whatever suits your needs. Just keep these 5 things in mind and you can’t go wrong.

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Our perception of health: the battle against dieting and “bigorexia”

A quick introduction:

Staying healthy has become one of the most talked about topics for generations. It persistently comes up in conversation across people of all ages and it affects us all. Undoubtedly our health is crucial, it impacts our daily activity, our ability to live for longer and help us achieve that feel-good-factor. Yet, despite its importance we as a society fear the word and the stigmatisation behind it. To some of us, maintaining this perceived sweat-enduring lifestyle of gym and tasteless food is foreign and pointless. But to the majority of us, this lifestyle is something we are well aware of, however, we lack the knowledge and/or motivation to get us to that dream-goal.

It just so happens I know a thing or two about being healthy. Bred on sports from a young age, regularly researching new ways of staying healthy and relentlessly aiming to reach my desired “look” means this article houses some insider knowledge that could be useful in helping you understand “health” and how to maintain it. I will help you realise that becoming “that person” on social media is not always the “healthiest” option.

But first things first – let me emphasise a point so often ignored. Healthy has different meanings to us all. So, for the purpose of this article, let’s make sure we’re on the same page.

The disarranged meaning behind health today:

We have become obsessed with our personal image today, and I mean obsessed.

Everywhere you look, gyms are crowded, image-related suicide rates are peaking and protein companies are drowning among unprecedented profits.

It has become a true 21st century trend and it looks as if it will continue far into the considerable future. It’s around us in every conceivable place imaginable with the power and connectivity of social media’s presence exacerbating its effect, in ways both good and bad.

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Today we fight over what the ideal person is. We voice opinions openly on our perfect dress size or ideal waistline while simultaneously judging those that don’t meet our ideal. Muscles are no longer optional, but a necessity, for the modern man. He will often fear not being “big” enough which runs in parallel to the normalised concept of “constant dieting” encouraged by their female counterparts.

It’s become less about fitness and more about aesthetics – which is not necessarily healthier. Statistics over the last ten years speak for themselves, with the fitness and beauty industries aggressively targeting the male market, relentlessly pushing a male beauty paradigm that is sculpted and god-like. As a result, obsession with muscle building is now commonplace amongst men under 40. The Daily Mail recently reported that up to 45% of men are susceptible to the so-called ‘bigorexia’ at some stage in their lives.

Source: bbc.com
Source: bbc.com

The CTS:

While writing this article in this coffee-table session – the solution to good health, on the face of it at least, seems so simple. Life is about balance and moderation. All evidence supported by countless scholars, epidemiologists and health-experts favours those who sleep at least 7-8 hours a night, eat the right food and regularly exercise are the ones who are really “healthy”. In other words, those you can maintain some sort of balance on how they function in their lives have the power to maintain a “healthy lifestyle”.

And this concept isn’t anything new – the WHO (World Health Organisation) were the first to identify this phenomenon in 1947 when they defined health as a “state of complete physical, mental and social well-being”. It was then in the 50’s and 60’s, that Dr Halbert Dunn was the first to coin the term “wellness”, labelling it as “an integrated method of functioning which is oriented toward maximising the potential of which the individual is capable of functioning within the environment.” Thus, the over-riding point is that great physical health doesn’t necessarily lead to a healthy mind and spirit or as we term – a high level of “wellness”. In fact, good health is more orientated towards the reaching of one’s personal goals and being satisfied with yourself.

Source: nydailynews.com
Source: nydailynews.com

And for those who feel they may be “unhealthy” as they are carrying a bit of extra weight around – irrespective of a few pounds of fat, being metabolically fit is what really matters. A study conducted between 1979 and 2003 on 43,365 participants drew attention to this fact well. Researchers categorised obese participants as metabolically health if, aside from their weight, they didn’t suffer from insulin resistance, diabetes, low levels of good cholesterol, high triglycerides and high blood pressure. In other words – it’s the fat on the inside that can really damage us, not the outside. Those who appear trim on the surface can actually carry too much visceral fat and not enough muscle internally and thus be in an unhealthy position then the slightly larger person.

A brief summary:

This session has taught us that looks aren’t everything and that health and what we perceive as perfection are not necessarily related.

Becoming really healthy requires us to put in a small effort in moderating consumption of bad things and upping the exercise we do.

Fat is the enemy to health – the main risk factors including: high cholesterol, obesity, hypertension and diabetes – are all related to difficulties in metabolising it. Thus, exercise still remains one of our most potent weapons. It’s exercise that influences our body and organs in all the right ways.

 

Hope you enjoyed the session – find my shortlist on the best quick reads to maintain a healthy and balance lifestyle below. Use these in your favour – they are simple to understand and remember that looks aren’t everything – just maintain a balanced diet and regular exercise!

 

Avoiding bad health

Dieting advice

What to eat