As personal trainers we help people who are wanting to improve something about themselves – their lifestyle, energy, body and function. Why people need our help varies – some want to optimise their time and results – others really need emotional and social support, some want to be kept accountable whilst others need to be re-educated about many aspects of their lifestyle. What is common in all of us is that we want to move away from what makes us unhappy and towards what makes us happy. Better health and fitness is a great place to start but let’s go deeper.Let’s face it – if you don’t value your own health and fitness – you don’t value your own life. It is only through great health and fitness that one can really make the most of their time, body, mind, energy and life. So it makes sense that people who have moved away from valuing their health and fitness (or any other value) develop an unhappiness around this issue. Unhappiness springs from misguided living or not living in alignment with what one truly values. So if you say you value your health but you are 20 kilograms overweight – you probably aren’t completely happy. The very sad thing is many people NEVER do anything to change their unhappy state. Sex, drugs and sausage rolls (including chocolate, alcohol and many forms of “entertainment”) are just momentary pleasures/distractions and once gone leave people with the same feelings they had before or worse. Allot of people will go around being unhappy and will go on forever being unhappy – living life as it is handed to them – accepting the things they aren’t happy with – and perhaps most importantly of all not deciding what it is that makes them happy!And here is the turning point! You cannot be happy – until you grab hold of some values that make you happy (like better health and fitness) and start acting in a manner that draws those values into your life! Decide what makes you happy! Find it! Then start living by what it is that you’ve decided is an important value in your life.Before you can be happy in your community, job and public life (work, friends etc), you need to develop happiness within your private life (family, partner etc) and before you can be happy in either of these you need to be happy within yourself – this takes knowing who are and what you stand for and living in alignment with those values. Some people find their values from friends, family and religion and as long as the values they have found make them happy that is great – but they still need to live in accordance with these values. However if you have not consciously chosen your values be very very aware that you have probably had some handed to you by friends, family, religion, media etc. and they may not be guiding you towards what YOU want in YOUR life. Before you can be best for others – be best for yourself! Love yourself then others then your community – in that order. Greater health and fitness is a great place to start!Decide on your values – plan your lifestyle around those values – establish rhythms of exercise, eating, thinking and rest that makes you feel happy about who you are and what you give and enjoy the happiness that will be found by living in alignment with your values and greater health and fitness.”An idle mind is the devil’s playground” RF
Pareto was an Italian economist who’s observations on the business culture of his home country of Italy went on to inspire Joseph Juran to name a concept/Theory after him. This concept of thinking and looking at the world was widely adopted by business folk and most recently by Internet marketing wizards. However I believe there’s something in Paretos principle that if applied to your health, fitness and nutrition, could be the missing key in our quest for health and fitness.Back in 1906 Pareto observed that 80% of Italy’s land was owned by 20% of the population, intrigued Pareto went on to observe that 80% of the peas in his garden at home came from 20% of his pea pods. Pareto did some more research and discovered that it was not just Italy who had an uneven wealth distribution, this was the same in every country he looked at. As the years passed and Pareto died more and more examples of the 80% – 20% rule came to light and it became a very power full tool to use in many walks of life especially business. Common variants of the 80-20 rule include:-80% of your income will come through 20% of your clientele
-80% of complaints come from 20% of your clients
-80% of your profits will come from 20% of the time you spend on your business
-80% of new leads will come through 20% of your marketingHow can we apply this to our quest to lose weight and get in the best shape of our lives? Easy… 20% of the time you can eat and drink what you like, enjoy life, socialize and relax. 80% of the time eat foods that will enable you to rest, recover and repair and help you live a longer happier life.At the beginning of a training program with a client an experienced personal trainer will lay out Paretos law as probably the most essential component of the training. Very few people can be dialed in and focused 100% of the time. Paretos principle allows clients to reach their goals and look great without overly denying themselves the food they crave. Clients often get sick and tired of a diet and end up bingeing on junk food resulting in reduced self esteem and an increase in sugar and calories.Try out the 80/20 rule and watch the results for yourself. Just make sure you keep it 80/20 and don’t start to veer towards 50/50!
Education is not solely confined to the perimeters of young minds. Although it is the right of every child to receive a form of formal education in his or her growing years, at times this is not evident due to various circumstances. Whether it is due to economical, political, social or other factor, it is still a nagging and forefront concern of governmental and non-governmental organizations. If you already have a background in teaching or have a passion to impart knowledge and education, equipping yourself with a PhD in Post Secondary and Adult Education is a viable option. This allows you to make a contribution to society in narrowing the numbers of uneducated individuals, thus giving everyone a chance to make a mark in his lifetime.As part of this doctorate program’s curriculum, you are exposed to the principles of education in non-conventional settings. In other words, you learn what it takes to educate people outside the confines of an academic environment such as schools, colleges or universities. With the advent of online and distance learning, education is taken to another level whereby non-residents have the option to pursue education where their local education opportunities are lacking. As most matured students pursue adult education whilst juggling day jobs and families, the doctorate program for a PhD in Post Secondary and Adult Education focuses on how the education process is to be modeled to produce an effective learning environment.Since matured student crowd comes from diverse backgrounds in terms of prior exposure to education, academic levels and current situations, the doctorate program imparts knowledge on teaching methods suited to various target crowds based on their learning capabilities. The matter of curriculum development is also touched upon as thinking processes differ with age, experience and environment. Educating a group just embarking on their working years is significantly different from those who in the workforce for more than half their lifetime. Latest technology stymies many and causes them to shirk from learning more. Hence, effective methods of education in non-conventional settings challenge the PhD student to research into ways of how to reach out to the masses.