Hi to everyone, I was asked to contribute to this wonderful local site. I will start by introducing myself. I have a Ba Sc in Psychology, have worked with homeless children, established/owned and was a director my own childcare business, have coached for many years in various sports, am a level one triathlon coach, learn to swim coach, and now am doing some personal training sessions. I love to compete, in triathlon, marathons etc, my goal is not to get so much faster, but to always love exercise, and be participating when I am 65. I do not, and never will think I know everything, there is always more to learn.
Together we can discuss certain types of training; we can prepare for a fun run etc, or discuss barriers to exercise. This article will discuss the title, Three Frogs on a Log. Some of us may have heard the story. I will tell it. If three frogs were sitting on a log, and one decided to jump in the water, how many frogs are left on the log? Some people will say 2, however, there were still 3. The frog only decided, a decision is not action, only a thought.
How many times have you/me/someone else said next week/month/year, I will study, go on a trip overseas, do a fun run, get healthier , add whatever you want. So we make a decision, but then do not do what we decided on. Then we may feel anxious/guilty/sick about what we decided. We have conflict between what we decided to do, but can’t quite take the action to get there.
Cognitive dissonance- opposing thoughts which causes a disturbance in our feelings toward something. So now we have to resolve that inner conflict. We will come with two options. Resolution one: take the action we really want to do, exercise, study etc . Resolution Two: a get out clause, maybe not now, in another month, those people who run are weird, they all love themselves, I will never be able to do that. Whichever way you went, the issue is resolved, but was it the one you initially wanted.
So a decision is important, but the action is the key. So why not get with similar people and take the action. Start somewhere, anywhere. Stop reading articles etc, we all have enough information, we know what to eat, what not too. We know that exercise is good for you, physically and mentally, so act. There is car add on at the moment, I will not mention the car, but it is a famous have time speech by Allen Jeans (deceased) to the Hawthorn Hawks. He states simply, “It is your time, Don’t Hope, don’t think, DO SOMETHING, ANYTHING”. We have all the information we need, its time to do something, anything. We live in one of the world’s most beautiful environments for exercise.