Most people hear the word performance and their mind instantly goes to professional level athletes.
Therefore, for the majority of the population it can be easy to think ”I can’t relate to that so therefore it’s nothing to do with me”.
I respectfully disagree.
Don’t get me wrong, performance is definitely relevant to high-level athletes and sports but it’s not exclusive to them.
On some level we are all ‘performing’ in one way or another most of the time.
If you have a job, you are performing a role.
If you are a parent, you are performing a role.
Now, let’s look at the specific definition of performance, I’m talking about…
The action or process of performing a task or function.
To be clear, i’m not talking about acting in regards to putting on a performance, which is very different.
So how can we now link, fitness and nutrition to your performance?
Let’s say your primary role at this stage in life is to be a parent.
You ‘perform’ the role in the best way you can and to do that requires you to have many qualities.
These qualities can all be enhanced if you are fit, healthy and energised.
That’s not to say that you have to commit endless hours to training, be on a diet and be miserable whilst doing it.
But what it does mean is that you will move as and when you can, try to have regular balanced meals so you can cope as best as you can whilst probably going through really challenging times with little sleep.
You may be a high-level executive, again if you want to ‘perform’ to the best of your ability you need to be fit, healthy and energised to be able to make key, logical business decisions at any time of day or night.
Or let’s say you’re a surgeon, performing critical maybe even life-saving procedures.
If i’m a patient in your theatre, i’d like to think you are the best possible version of you when you make that first incision.
In all the above examples, what underpins optimal performance is being relatively fit, healthy and energised.
This is made possible by:
- Regular Exercise
- Being Hydrated
- Consistent Sleep Schedule
- Consistent Meal Timings
If you’re waiting for the perfect time to put all of the above in place, you will likely be waiting forever.
Don’t look for quick fixes.
Don’t look to cut corners.
Do look to create a well-balanced, healthy lifestyle that’s a realistic commitment to you in terms of time and resources that it reasonable to expect that you can continue 5, 10, even 20 years from now.
Performance means different things to different people, what does it mean to you?
Thanks for reading, have a great day.
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