Procrastinator’s Dilemma: The Biggest Health Problem Today

Wake up.  Brush your teeth.  Floss.  Shower. Get the kids up.  Get breakfast.  Make other meals.  Get dressed.  Do your makeup (for women). Drive to work.  Run the errands.  Go to the bathroom.  Work a full day.  Meditate.  Train.  Work on a hobby.  Help the kids with their homework.  Read a book.  And on, and on, and on.

With all these demands, it is no wonder most of us cannot find time (or other resources) to pick the right foods or train the right way or just fit in some sport and play.  It is this overload on our time occurring without the physical component that leads us into being overweight, stiff, tired, in pain, cardiovascularly incompetent slugs.

I ran into this absolutely great talk to some grad students from a Canadian college professor on procrastination.  He’s been studying it for quite some time.  I’ve been studying it for years with all of you….and, of course, myself.

Watch the video below if you have time.  However, I am going to give a quick point of view on this below.  I know.  It’s funny that I  am talking about time management and posted an hour long video.

Laziness?….Resource management?  Laziness has a purpose.  Laziness is embedded in all of us.  It is an instinct.  It is an instinct to utilize our energy from our food and our time as the limited resources that they are.  We forget that paleo man had to reserve his resources for only the most valuable of activities such as hunting, gathering, sex, travel, and defense.  Procrastination is one technique we use to make sure that we utilize resources optimally.

The answer.  Our dilemma is that we hold this instinct yet live in a resource rich environment.  Acting pro-actively and methodically by setting goals, pre-determining high impact activities, listing our resources, identifying risks, and pre-determing mitigations for those risks is the way to just “do” rather than overthinking every task.  Make habits that work from this cycle.  Thinking takes time and energy.  This process automates the process.  Tactical analysis on the front end eliminates over-thinking  and procrastination on the back end.

Send me an email to comment or ask a question: rootfit@gmail.com.  I get too much spam to look at the comments.

Jason Root, MS, CSCS

Phenotypic Design: A Different View on Training

phe·no·type
ˈfēnəˌtīp/

noun

BIOLOGY
  1. the set of observable characteristics of an individual resulting from the interaction of its genotype with the environment.

As most of you know, I just finished a master’s in biomedical diagnostics.  The degree program has a weighted emphasis on molecular diagnostics or genetic testing.  When we are thinking about our physical performance and health conditioning, we would likely first, think of more ‘state’ diagnostics.  These tell us our body’s current ‘state’ or condition prior to the genetic dispositions we hold.  After all,we can’t change our genetics.

Well, I agree that state diagnostics are of paramount importance.  We should be able to know how our body’s cardio-respiratory, balance, mobility, metabolic, hormonal, and a host of other human systems and processes are working.   This is primary to our cause for bettering our health and physical performance. However, with the definition above, isn’t our state just our phenotype….how our body is responding to the environmental stimuli versus the blueprint God or nature gave us?

With that in mind, shouldn’t we know the blueprint as well.  After all, if we can’t lose weight, shouldn’t we know whether we have genes that determine whether we metabolize certain foods in a certain way.   Maybe a vegan, or paleo diet would work for us.  Maybe, we haven’t tried it because we don’t know.

Or, maybe I am an athlete competing in triathlons.  But, I have a gene that sets limits on cardiovascular performance but have another that says my strength potential is AMAZING!!!  For an example, look at the guy who plays the Mountain from game of thrones.  He was a skinny basketball player until he tried heavy lifting.  Now, he’s a house and competes in strong men competitions.

We are tempted to think we would all know this via life’s trial and error.  But, is this true?  The Mountain may not have ever tried lifting unless encouraged for some reason.  You may not have either.  In order to find our human potential for development, it is very advantageous to know what we are made of.  We can shoot for our limits of potential more easily if we know what our predestined potential is without the trial and error.  We can, possibly, keep from running ourselves in circles with fad diets and exercise programs.  We may be able to really identify how we metabolize meat or carbs or gluten.  We may be able to find that we have a great potential for performance in one aspect or a poor one in another that we need  to address because it will effect our health in the long run.

Just food for thought today,

Jason Root, MS, CSCS