Given that New Year’s is a time to take stock of your life, I thought it would be a good time to talk about putting time itself into perspective.

I recently found an interesting article which visually depicts various lengths of time. In a series of graphs, you get to see how various lengths of time measure up against one another, and the result might be a little different than you think. The infographic is too cumbersome to post here directly, so we just included a snippet above, and I’ll link you over to the article to see the full thing.

Although the article takes things as far back as the Big Bang, I think it’s most instructive to look at the graphs up to the modern 30 year old’s life. (Now, I know not all of you are 30, but most of you are close enough to 30 to make the depictions relatively comparable.)

Here are a few things I want you to notice about the graphs on that page:
– Take a look at the “Last 24 Hours” graph, and compare “sleep” and “the last hour”
– Take a look at the “Last Week” graph, and see how small “the last hour” is
– Take a look at the “21st Century” graph, and see how small “the last year” is
– Take a look at the “30 Year Old’s Life” graph, and see how smaller still “the last year” is

You can imagine “the last hour” is your last CrossFit class. Compared to your time at work (equivalent to the sleep bar), at a desk, it’s pretty small. When it’s compared to a whole week it looks even smaller. Maybe you come to four or even five classes in a week, but still, you don’t spend much time in the gym over the course of a week. Now let’s say you’re a rockstar and you’ve come to the gym consistently for a full year. As you can see, that full year pales in comparison to your adult life, much less the whole 21st century.

So how does this relate to training, and what are the takeaways? First, you’ve been around a while, and you’ve been working on your fitness for a fraction of that time. In many cases, the mobility issues or poor lifestyle habits installed themselves over years, and you’ve really only just started to reprogram those things. The good news is that just like those poor habits had their cumulative affect, the good ones you’ve recently installed will as well. However, don’t expect amazing leaps and bounds to occur overnight! Commit yourself to small changes day to day, and consistently put in the effort to move yourself in the right direction. Consistently is the key word, and it’s what allows those seemingly small hours to build on one another for massive cumulative affect.

Some action items:
Combat those desk hours daily! Do 5-10 min of mobilization at morning and at night.
Consistency is king! Make sure those itty bitty hours build on one another – get in the gym consistently.
It’s what you do MOST of the time! A good diet isn’t derailed by a bad day, but a bad diet can’t be cured with one protein shake. Protein, natural fats, and veggies at every meal (look out for Liz’s recipe post on Thursday).

As always, if you have any questions about what you can do to further your progress inside or outside the gym, don’t hesitate to email Troy to talk about it.

–Troy