Building Up Slowly: Health, Mindset and Exercise Interview: Change Your Life

Building Up Slowly: Health, Mindset, Productivity and Exercise are ALL key elements to change your life. In this post and the video below we share some insights and how building up slowly is absolutely crucial to being successful in changing habits and leading a more happy, successful and fulfilling life.

Do you feel like your health is something that might have taken a back seat? Do you want to be more active but don’t know where to start? Well, this blog post is for you! We’re going to talk about the importance of exercise, mindset and health and how to change your life. This will hopefully give you some ideas on how to live healthier and improve your life.

So we’re going to talk about mindset, exercise, and changing one’s habits to become more productive; it is important to build up slowly and if you haven’t exercised for a long time consult a doctor.

Mindset is one of the biggest things that we’re going to be talking about today. Mindset plays a huge role in someone’s exercise and health and building up slowly is key to success when starting anything new.

  • Consult a doctor or fitness professional
  • Decide on the type of exercise you prefer
  • Put together some goals
  • Consult with a professional to make a plan
  • Make sure you stick to your schedule
  • Find a training partner or a coach
  • Make sure you have the right clothes
  • Make sure you drink plenty of water
  • Stop drinking alcohol
  • Be kind to yourself
  • Don’t overdo it in your first week

Check out this recent post on being more productive:

Our thoughts are what drive us forward or keep on hold. It really depends on if your heart is into wanting to change your life as Tyler mentioned before, but at the end of the day, somebody has to have faith first for anything else to happen. So there needs to be a change from within in order for anything external — whether it be exercise or diet —to take place and work out properly.

Being kind to yourself and building up slowly is key to success here!

Building up slowly to avoid injury and maximise the chances of being able to change your life is key.

As we discussed in the video, there are some key things to remember when it comes to health and to change your life it is best to ask for professional help here. You want to build up slowly and be mindful of your body. There is no point in pushing yourself too hard because you might end up with an injury that will keep you from doing what you love for a long time! That’s not worth it! As I said building up slowly is key to avoiding injury.

Building up slowly and building a healthy mindset is everything!

We also discussed mindset and how important it can be. I talked about mindset in the video but wanted to mention it here as well.

You need a good attitude if you want your life to improve! And that’s something we all have control over so there are no excuses! Exercise, nutrition, sleep … whatever you put into your body makes a difference. A bit like a car with bad fuel…or with high-grade rocket fuel…

You can dig deeper into mindset here.

The full transcript is below:

Nat Schooler: So today we’re going to talk about maximizing your productivity, right? And I know you are a productivity nut, I hate to say that, but you are, so I’ve been learning a lot about you about productivity actually from you and, you know, “Lean,” like that’s, that’s what, you know, you kind of operate on. Right? So we’re going to talk about mindset, exercise, and changing one’s habits to become more productive.

Kim-Adele: It’s one of those things. I never really thought I was a productivity nut until I think back. And actually, I looked back at some old recommendations, I’ve always had this. It was like: “your work rate is legendary.” And I never really recognized it for myself until I kind of look back now and people were like, you did that today.

Kim-Adele: I’m constantly challenging myself to do more. And actually, somebody got some lovely feedback before, which was like your ability to juggle being a single mum and running a business, writing books, doing blogs, and also being a good friend makes it a real thing to just have more hours in the day than everybody else.

And I was like, no, I just always feel like I’ve not done enough. I think I’d drive around lack of awareness of what you do is probably been the thing that has pushed me on which that I’ve not done enough yet. I must try harder because I’m not being good enough at any of these things.

Building Up Slowly is crucial to change your life!

Nat Schooler: So in terms of, in terms of mindset, right. You know, exercise and diet and rest are all really important. I was kind of just looking, looking at an old blog that I wrote about four years ago.

And I just mentioned this to you. And actually how as adults, we apparently need between seven and nine hours of sleep per day. I looked on this, this sleep calculator, I looked on the national sleep foundation’s website basically, and kind of had a look at that. And it’s been very difficult recently obviously for people because of, because of added stress levels and stuff like that.

Kim-Adele: I’ve always found if I do a day of training, whether that’s delivering training or receiving, I’m always significantly more tired than if I have a day of doing stuff I already know how to do. And I guess it’s because we’re tapping into a different part of our brain and that’s taking up more stuff because it’s less known to us it’s new. And therefore we’re going to have to think about it. I do love the whole seven to nine hours. If somebody would like to let my little girl know that I would be extremely grateful.

Nat Schooer: I think, when it comes to mindset, right, we’ve been, we’ve been delving into this topic and how we can actually take control of our routines. And obviously, you know, changing habits is kind of fits into the mindset thing as well.

Really. So it’s kind of difficult when you, when you’ve been doing things for a certain amount of time to, to actually change, right. They say you can’t teach an old dog new tricks. Yeah. And I think, but that is a question of mindset as well, isn’t it? Because you’ve either got a growth mindset or you think, you know, everything and then you’re, you’re fixed in your, in your mentality and also in your actions as well. Right?

Kim-Adele: I think you can teach, but yeah, you can teach an old dog new tricks. It’s just about how much patience is going to take. And it might take a little bit longer because when we’re stuck in a habit, we’ve got so used to it.

We convinced ourselves that actually, we can’t change. We can’t do anything different. It’s going to be too hard. It’s going to take too long. And it does take a long time. It took us a long time to form the habit in the first place. And I think that’s sometimes the challenge took us a long time to form the habit, we’re comfortable in the habit. And then we try and change it. And it takes quite a while to change you, to keep repeating yourself and you’ll get it wrong, you’ll get it right. You’ve got to keep going.

Kim-Adele: And, but before long you create a new habit. So I would have been convinced a couple of weeks ago that there was absolutely no time in my day for me to fit in anything else. And there’s an old, there’s an old study.

It was at a believer, it was a Harvard professor. It was a psychology class. And he took in a empty jar and he started off and he put the golf balls in the jar and he said, would everybody agree that this jar is now full? And it was like, yeah, yeah, there’s definitely falls. Nowhere else you can put in it. And then he added in some marbles and he shook it. And the marbles dropped into the spaces that were in between the golf balls. And he went right. So now would everybody say that this jar is full?

Kim-Adele: Now the jar is full. And then he poured in some sand and the sun obviously filled the gaps between the golf balls and the marbles. And he said, okay, would now, would everybody agree that this Joy’s absolutely fall? There’s nothing else that they can put in it. Absolutely. That is true. And he took a can of beer and he poured the beer over the top, which soaked into the sand and continued to kind of fill the jar. And he was like, even when you think something is full, there is still an opportunity for you to add something else.

Kim-Adele: But it was around saying actually what we need to do is put in the really important things, the golf ball.

Kim-Adele: We need to put in some of the things that we would like to do as well, which are the marbles. Then we need to find time for the people that we love, which is the sand. And then there’s always time to add something else to relax, but it’s about looking at things differently and seeing where we can add to the minute.

And so, you know, I’ve now two weeks into my new attempt at losing the lockdown lumber as I’m going to call it and recognizing that I’m actually going to have to go outside into blank. And therefore I probably need to have thought more carefully about, you know, how the habits that I formed during the lockdown, but I didn’t have before. So I wouldn’t have dreamt of like, you know, attacking the biscuit barrel quite as often as I’ve found the appropriate edge. And now I’m trying to find a way of kind of pulling that back.

Kim-Adele: We’ve found a way to put a dance app into every day and to start building in more steps. And you told me two weeks ago that I would be able to do that every day and stick to it. I would have told you, you were crazy. Because my life was already busy. And yet actually we’re here. We are two, two weeks in. We’re doing it. We’re living it. I mean, she, she is my little personal trainer. She spends most of the time stood at the side of me going, no, mommy jump, jump. I’m jumping clearly not well enough, but actually, we’ve found the time. 5- 10 and all of a sudden you’re changing your output, I guess.

Nat Schooler: To be more productive, sometimes we actually need downtime. Yeah. And you know, I’ve been studying this for quite quite a while. Probably not as long as you can because you are an absolute productivity nut.

Because you’ve done your lean practitioner course. But when it comes to this, they’ve proven that actually working more than 55 hours a week is actually nonproductive that’s, that’s one thing. And also they seem that there’s a lot of evidence that says that actually, if you work in sprints, so for example, you do like 52 minutes of rarely focused effort. And then you have a 17 minute break and it’s something like the Pomodoro method is similar. Pomodoro method info here.

Kim-Adele: That’s one of the things that’s kind of like the agile mindset, which is you take the biggest problem and you sprint to the fastest answer, but then you actually have to take that step back and do and do the next one.

And it’s about looking at it and recognizing those moments where we’re just not productive. And we do this every day and we worked together every day. You know, we get to that point where say, do you know what, right now we’re not being productive and we’re not going to be productive because we’re tired. We, we don’t really know the answer. We were going to be much more productive if we actually just go let’s, let’s stop. Let’s go and do something else.

Kim-Adele: Let’s go for a walk. And that’s one of the things we’ve built-in, isn’t it to our working day now, which is actually midway through the day when we get to those moments, it’s like, do you know what? Let’s plug our headphones in. Let’s move from zoom to audio.

And let’s go for a walk out in the fresh air and just brainstorm and just chat, but just dial it up, change it, make it something different. And we come back and we’re significantly more productive. Whereas I think sometimes we can get ourselves into that mindset that says I haven’t done what I said I was going to do. And I’m going to sit here and I’m going to force myself to do it. Even if that means tomorrow, I’m going to come back and have to redo it because it was basically hopeless because I wasn’t in the right mindset and my purpose wasn’t well aligned.

Nat Schooler: Well, I think we’re going to have to go, but thank you for tuning in and we’re always here. If you want to like drop us any comments and stuff, but you know, whatever it is you’re trying to do. You just got to put one foot in front of the other, right! Like Rome was not built in a day is what they say. And you know, it doesn’t matter where you’re at. You can move forward, to achieve whatever it is that you are looking to achieve. But I think having a plan, being kind to yourself and following the right guidance is always, always going to be great and will give you a better chance to change your life.

Absolutely. They say, you know, plan the work and work with the plan. And if you do that, then you can make a real impact. But until next time, thank you so much for your kindness in listening to us and take care, enjoy the week.

To conclude building up slowly is key to success in your life.

Building up slowly, small steps build big rewards and will reap rewards if you want to change your life. As we discussed in the video building up slowly is key, there are some key things to remember when it comes to health. You want to build up gradually and be mindful of your body.

There is no point in pushing yourself too hard because you might end up with an injury that will keep you from doing what you love for a long time! That’s not worth it! As I said building up slowly is key to avoid injury. If this blog post has helped you or someone else out please subscribe my YouTube channel so that way every week i can share more tips on how to live healthier lives by making smarter decisions about food and exercise. Also if you have any questions feel free leave them below

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