With exercise and nutrition, one of the biggest hurdles people seem to hit is finding and maintaining quality.
Quality food, quality coaches, teachers or environments, quality in their own practice...
When you set out, there are online guru's, everybody has a voice, which is great, but can also make it difficult. Furthermore, it's often the loudest that are heard the most. There is advice going every which-way.
Unfortunately, there is a lot of garbage. I don't mean that a lot of the stuff out there is of no use, but it's just of less use than other options and we only have so much time and resources.
However, there are a few steps you can take to make sure you are on a path that serves you and that you get where you want to be and get the most out of your available time.
Let's take a look at a training or movement practice for example:
1. Make an observation of where you are at - what attributes would you like to work on? Strength? Health? Mobility? Fitness? Do these align with the coach or facility you are looking at?
2. Conduct research - do the people running the show reflect that which is advertised? Do they have skin in the game? Do they walk the walk? Do they have experience?
3. Form a hypothesis - If your training is going to serve you in the longer run (be sustainable), it should feel good in the short term as well. Is the pace sustainable? Do you feel improvements in your target areas early on?
4. Test hypothesis - Stick it out! Commit to your key days per week and work with the coach. This will make sure the experiment is valid!
5. Record data - keep a training log. Record strength, how you feel, mobility results etc. This will keep you focused on actual results.
6. Draw a conclusion - Is the training working for you? Are you moving better? Are you getting stronger, more mobile? Is it fun?
7. Peer review - Come back to the coach, a friend, a colleague, or someone outside your circle. Share some of your thoughts, your results - are they on track? Are you getting where you want to go? Do you need to make an adjustment. This takes you back to the first step.
We are all about getting results. A big part of this is recognising what isn't working for you, making a new hypothesis and adjusting, then showing up.
Whether it's your nutrition or training strategy, using a feedback loop and asking yourself a few simple questions can really help to get results faster!