When knowledge becomes learning

Having a conversation in the studio last week, we were discussing the food diary exercise http://yourfit.com.au/exercise-self-awareness/, we were talking about the difference between knowing something and learning something. This is the space that exists between intention and reality, the difference between knowing what it is that you should do, recognising why you don’t do it and then understanding how you can achieve that in your life. This is where I spend most of my time working with people in the nutrition space. In the exercise space we can implement the change together I can program 4 sets of squats @ your body weight, critique your technique, improve your strength and probably most importantly stand there and make sure you do it!

Nutrition is a different ball game, one that’s played away from the studio, while the strategy may be simple: eat more veggies, drink more water and eat regularly. The reality of that intentions result quite often is life dependent: for example it might be Friday (an event that significantly alters intake apparently 🙂 or a birthday party is happening this Saturday or you might have had a bad nights sleep among many other things that provide us insight into why not! These are actually opportunities to realign those intentions and make them reality specific rather than judge yourself harshly. The truth is for us to move from knowledge to learning requires action and reflection. Otherwise, it’s just more information clogging up an already busy brain. Adults learn through experience and while it would be great to learn from others referring specifically to nutrition quite often it needs to be individualised, the principles may be similar but the specifics nearly always differ from person to person. Heck, let’s be honest depending on your stage of life they might even differ between phases. I was talking with an old rum drinker last week and he cannot believe the amount he used to consume, almost a different person now, the only commonality between who he is now and what he used to like then was the name he shared with that previous guy.

Suggestions on action items from here:

-when you are recommended the next ‘change’ in nutrition and exercise ask yourself would this take me toward my goals, toward my version of health?

-if the answer is yes, ask yourself how do I test this in the most obvious way possible – for example: Drinking 2.5L water per day. Isolate the change to see its impact in isolation, don’t team this change up with 3 others (fasting, keto and high intensity interval training), just do one thing at a time to figure out if it works for you.

-reflect on the isolated change – did I feel better? Is it something I can continue? Will I be able to enhance my life in the long term because of it? The best one I use is ‘would I recommend this to a loved one?’ When you can use empathy to analyse your own action often it provides that little thing called compassion that we aren’t so good at extending ourselves.

-extend the test – don’t be so quickly sold, use time as your teacher, if you like it, give it another couple of days in succession before reflecting again?

-last but certainly not least, carrying on from the first point, try not to read more about other topics, don’t confuse or overwhelm yourself with the ‘next change’ before you have cemented the learning and translated the change into your language and your life.

Believe it or not, you’re pretty unique and that learning specific to you with your priorities, goals and existing habits will take some time.

Cheers to more Ahhhhh moments rather Oh O moments.

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