You can learn a lot about health from non health area's of your life, you just have to pay attention.
We can learn much about life from different sports we participate in. While riding my motorcycle on the street, I started noticing the lessons that I can learn and use in life and in my health. During my first track day, I learned even more on how a sport can teach us much about life. The points I make below are some of the things that I have learned so far that help me in my life and in my health. I hope they help you, too.
Look Where You Want to Go
On the bike, you go where you look. So, for example, if you are going into a turn but you are looking at the median in the middle of the street, you are going to straight for the median. The fact that you WANTED to turn does not matter. It was not what you were focusing on. Yes, I did this on my first solo ride on the street. You want to look at where you want to go. How often in life have you said, “I don't want to struggle,” “I don't want to crave chocolate,” or “I don't want to be unhealthy?” There may be other things you have said you do not want. While recognizing what we do not want is important, we do not want to linger there. What you do want to linger on is what you DO want. What you DO want is to be healthy, to be more motivated, leaner, stronger – take your pick. I am sure you have some stuff that you do want. Keep that in your sights. Look where you want to go, because whether you like it or not that is where you are headed.
Just Lean Into It
On the motorcycle, it is a smoother ride when you lean into it and trust the motorcycle. When you are unsure and stiff, it can cause the ride to be ruff and increases your chances of making a mistake. In our lives we need to trust ourselves and lean into it. How many times do you start to do something, and then you pull back because you are unsure about where you are going or what you are doing? Instead why not just lean into it? This way you are not pushing the subject, and you are not forcing anything. Rather, you are just leaning into it and trusting that the right outcome or lesson will come from this opportunity.
Know How to Take Different Lines
Sometimes you can be going along on a specific line, riding smooth and someone cuts in and takes that line. If you are not adaptable, you have a higher chance of crashing. But when you know other lines to take, you can just keep going. This is much like anything else you are doing. You may have a specific way that you think you will get to your finish line, but there will almost certainly be many obstacles that get in your way. If you know that there are many ways to get to your goal, this is just one more thing to deal with and go around. Many times I see people start eating healthy and working out, thinking that in just a few months they will have the body they have always dreamed of. However, much of the time things do not go exactly according to plan. Sometimes it is that they are having food addiction issues, or they find out they have blood sugar issues, or they discover other hormonal imbalances. Any of these things coming up does not mean we will not get to where we want to be, it just means that we may have to take different approaches to get there. Just think of these obstacles as making your personal race more interesting.
Ask For Coaching
There is always someone else who has way more experience than you. Ask to learn from them. None of us know it all and wanting to learn more shows a high degree of wisdom. It is usually the ones who have studied extensively, who understand that they are only hitting the tip of the iceberg in knowledge.
If you are at the top of your game and do not have people that are above your level in a specific area, then there are people who have different takes on the same subject. There is always something to learn from other people. Be willing to swallow your ego and learn. This is how someone good becomes great.
Ride Your Own Ride and Pace
When you are riding, if you are constantly thinking about what someone else is doing then you are setting yourself up for disappointment. They do not have the same experience, the same techniques or same goals as you do. So why would you compare yourself to them? Now, there is a difference between learning from someone and comparing yourself to them. Learning is a great thing, comparing is nonproductive. You are a different person. Go at your own pace. How often do you see this in your life or the lives around you? Comparing yourselves to fitness models, actors, body builders? They have different lives, different bodies and different experiences. Furthermore, you don't know if you are just seeing the good highlights of someone’s life. There is probably much more going on behind the scenes than you know about. Instead of wishing you had someone else's career, wealth or health, focus on making yours the best you can. Remember we are all unique and it takes different things to get us to achieve our goals. Additionally, you will fulfill your goals at your own pace. Trust in yourself.
Pay Attention to the Signs
Whether you are on the race track or on the street, there are signs to help us know what we have coming up ahead. They tell us there is a sharp turn, slow down. Or they tell us there is someone down on the track, be careful. We get signs in our daily lives, too. But it is up to us to pay attention to these signs. Are you having cravings every night? Perhaps you need to eat a little more at dinner or prepare healthy snacks for late night. Are you too tired to workout? Maybe you need to get to sleep earlier. These are all signs. If you choose to ignore them, then you are not using all the valuable resources available to you.
Have fun in everything you do in life. If you do not like what you are doing, find a way to change it! Life is too short to do things you hate. Now I don't mean to give up when things become challenging, or to just quit things at random. But if you hate your job, perhaps looking into how you can move to a new career would be a good thing, or remembering why you liked your job in the first place. Consider your health, too. If you hate going to the gym, then don't do it. What do you like to do? Do you like being outside? Then workout outside. Do you like staying at home? Then workout at home. Have fun with what you are doing. It is the surest way to stick with your healthy lifestyle. Life is too short, find what makes you happy.
Don't be so Excited by the Fun that You Forget to Fuel Up
It is easy to be so excited by the ride that you just jump on and go. But you need to remember to fuel up or else that fun will be cut short and be replaced with frustration. The fuel in our lives, especially pertaining to our health, is our sleep, our food and our relaxation time. I am quite guilty of just going, going, going. I don't want to have to slow down, but what happens is I eventually have to take a much longer break than if I just took them regularly. Whatever you do to fuel up, remember to do it consistently so that you can keep yourself moving forward and having fun.