Holy shit! Did you read this bit on my inaugural post?
I still can’t grow a beard.
Well I think I’ve actually grown about 10 whiskers in the time I’ve had to do so since I’ve been away from this project…crazy!
Things have been a little chaotic as of late, but I’ve really been missing the whole writing process and just working on this project in general.
We all know how life can be – it’s not so simple and black and white.
I myself have been under a lot of pressure lately and even my fitness routine has been rocky – something that I’ve been used to maintaining quite well regardless of any externalities. Unfortunately, I haven’t kept up with a consistent schedule more recently other than a ‘here-and-there’ style routine which is just not cool at all.
Like honestly, my life at this time is about as structured as a discount bin at Wal-Mart. An exercise routine IS in there somewhere amongst everything that’s going on, just not sure where exactly…
Now this sets up ample opportunity to talk about my thoughts on the importance of keeping up with an exercise routine in order to stay productive and deal with the stresses everyday life might chuck in your face.
It’s Hard to Find the Time
Guys, I get it. I know all to well how hard it can be to manage your time and actually find energy for an exercise routine in your daily life. But it’s super important. And this might seem counter-intuitive, but establishing an exercise routine of some sort can actually help with improving this.
Think of water. When it flows, it’s cleansing. When it becomes a stagnant pool, it allows for growth of bacteria and other shit that nobody wants to swim in.
So make time to flow. If not, nobody will want to swim with you…or something like that.
Seriously though, if you move the body more you can expect an increase in your energy levels, reduced stress, and can actually be more productive. Even your cognitive functioning will be heightened from increasing your brain’s oxygen intake. That’s actually rule #2 in John Medina’s awesome book: Brain Rules. Exercise.
But what in the darkest depths of hell does heightened cognitive functioning have to do with staying productive and dealing with everyday stress you ask?
Simple. You’re more prepared to solve problems and deal with shit when it hits the fan. Enough said really. Brain fog definitely won’t be your friend in stressful times when you really need to think things through don’t you agree?
Also, since exercise can be a habitual thing (and a positive one at that), it helps you develop habits in other areas of life. This has actually been presented in scholarly writings and Charles Duhigg gets into more detail on this subject in his book, The Power of Habit.
And that’s where I think a symptom lies for some recent complications in my scheduling.
What I’ve personally noticed is that I haven’t been as productive, focused, or disciplined as I usually am and ultimately need to be. Through introspection of what the hell has been going on lately, the biggest culprit I’m willing to point my finger towards is my lack of gym time.
I haven’t been getting so swole, bro! And it’s messing shit up!
It’s as though once I let that structure slide, it also affected any structure I had at a core level.
Other habits I’ve worked hard to develop have been a little slipshod.
So I’m getting back into a routine. Three days a week at the gym – its all you really need. I’ve had my best results with this programming, and I’ll further discuss why in another post. For now I just wanted to be brief and shoot out a note to those who might also be feeling they aren’t as productive or just moving forward as much as they feel they should.
If that’s you, an exercise routine might be a way to assist you in doing so. So set some time aside to get it in!
And Six Pack Engineering Moving Forward?
It’s obviously apparent that I haven’t been focused on this project in a little while. I intend to keep the ball rolling with it; I really want to focus on enhancing content that will help others, but having founded one business on my own, a co-founder in another, taking on some freelance graphic design work, wrapping up my final leg of university, and actively being employed in the process of finding full-time employment – I might have to dial back a tad for the time being.
Unfortunately other obligations take precedence. Shitty deal, but thus is life right?
I want to continue weekly ab workouts, however it is the biggest time suck for me at this point and I really don’t have any to spare. For the sake of quality, I will bring them back in the future when I can focus more on them. For right now, I will just be writing when I can and eventually enhancing everything once I smooth things out and have a better schedule that allows me to do so.
Not to worry, I will still be working on this and I have big goals with it. Until then, I’ll share what I can when I have opportunity to do so.
So stick around.