There’s an anomoly in the force…
A schism of sorts even within the Movement community.
There are those that test nothing.
Those that test some things.
Those that test everything (more things would seem to be a better term, but you get the drift).
Within each category there are fanatics, couch potatoe fans, and naysayers.
Those that poke fun of those that seem to test everything.
Those that poke fun of those that test some things.
Those that poke fun of those that test nothing.
And of course varying degrees of each category.
I’ve chosen to question and test everything, as “better” as I can possibly be (at the time).
For some, some of the things I choose to test, seem other wordly.
I’ve been “poked fun of” for what I test and how much I test.
But too care with what you think, only seems to get me worse.
I try to choose better.
Because I am not concerned with one specific direction,
Just getting stronger.
More so, I am concerned with improving any direction.
More specifically, the direction(s), that my body cares to go in.
Because it seems to be, for me…
That by improving my quality of life,
I indirectly have a greater quantity of life – I have more time to do,
Because what I do, costs less to do.
Doing this may relieve stresses,
That undermine your strength training.
And by relieving those stresses,
You can further spend time doing what you love -
Rather than spending time on what you don’t
How Has Testing Everything Helped Me:
Here are my observations from someone who tries to test everything:
Some of the “weirder” things I test are:
Clothing, Shoes, Sleeping Position, Shampoos, Conditioners, Lotions, Temperature…
What I’ve found to be more interesting is the specificity in the testing and how it improves things indirectly or directly depending on what I’m talking about. Although there is transfer in terms of “better.” What I am noticing is what areas of progress seem to be occurring, although I don’t necessarily have a log for all of the things I am progressing on – just benchmarks.
I use to wear very specific clothing sets: Particularly the color of clothing, or the length of clothing.
- My closet consists mostly of neutral colors, more specifically black and greys. It wasn’t until recently that I’ve decided to purchase brighter color tones: reds, blues, and purples.
- In almost all seasons I used to wear shorts. I’m not sure when, but before I was a personal trainer (approximately 6 years ago) I always used to wear pants. Now I use both shorts or pants no matter the season.
- Other people’s clothing, specifically what they wore used to bother me. Now, almost none of it bothers me. In effect, I used to avoid talking or meeting people who used to wear certain types of clothing, essentially stereotyping them.
I’ve been able to alter how I respond to specific temperatures through testing.
- In the beginning of Summer, being out in the heat (not the light), with only slow walking for approximately 30mins made me awfully tired and also brought on headaches. By testing for contra-specific temperatures (warm to cold) in the shower, I seem to have brought on better internal temperature regulation and can last in the heat for 3 hours in a fasted state while doing Physical Activity (mowing the lawn, raking leaves, strength training). Even after the 3 hours, I have no headaches, simply slower movement speed and lowered mental clarity.
I hated watching certain TV shows, more specifically anything I felt like didn’t teach me anything.
- There’s bridal shows that my fiance loves to watch, that I would have never even considered before. This definitely improves our social dynamics and makes both her and me have a much easier relationship.
Because of my improved quality of life – I seem to be decreasing the overall amount of stress that I undergo. The basic idea is that by testing everything, no matter how random it seems, it’s indirectly or directly affecting how much overall energy I have (it seems to give me more energy by decreasing the cost of life stressors).
How To Make Testing “Everything” Better
Here’s two questions I would ask myself,
And questions you may ask yourself.
To speed up the process, of getting rid of your life weaknesses.
What areas of your life do you have a hard time with?
- For me – Social Dynamics is one of my BIG issues.
- Being out with people for me is draining.
- Drinking Alcohol for me is associated to being stupid and clumsy; and makes it so I don’t fit in with my peers because I don’t even check out events that MAY have alcohol.
(How do I expect to bring more people into the Movement, when I have no one to talk with other than people already in the Movement).
What areas of your life do you have a hard time, but can’t necessarily do as of yet? How can you scale this in a way that works to eventually make you able to do that thing that you suck with?
- For me – By being able to hang out with certain people (people who bother me with some opinions, but not all their opinions), it seems to increase how many people I can hang out with.
Try asking yourself these questions,
And find out ways you can improve yourself now.
So when you want to,
Or when life calls you to,
You can move in ways you need to.
To Getting Better,
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