“Love”… not exactly the word you expect to hear when the subject of the conversation is fitness, strength and personal training. But ironically, at Morphe, it is precisely this word: LOVE - this concept of total wellness, wholeness at the physical, mental, and spiritual level - that drives our training philosophy. “Love?” you ask. Many people believe LOVE to be an acronym for “Life Of Vulnerable Emotions” in which we are always the victim. At Morphe, our aim is to transform that mindset into the philosophy of “Life Of Vowed Empiricism” in which we learn, grown and derive strength and power from every experience. And the key to this is Love. Let me explain how this works. Love is the force that motivates every constructive action in human behavior. There is no greater joy in life than love. In fact, love is the very thing that brings you here and makes you walk through that door in the first place; and love is what you come for. The energy that is required of you to work out every muscle in your body is love. Focus is love. Tough love is love. Pushing yourself one inch further is an act of love: love that you give to your body, love that you give to your goals, and love that you give to yourself. Caring for yourself is an act of love. And love, my friends, is the source of strength. In order for you to commit to your workout routine, to the plans you’ve made, to the goals you’ve set for yourself, you must love every one of those things, and above all, you must love yourself. This is the point of departure that we use at Morphe to guide you through your transformation from where you are at this moment to where you want to be one hour from now, one year from now, ten years from now. Love is the force that unites mind, body, and soul. Love is the breath that makes every movement heal and strengthen your body, your concentration, your confidence, and your faith in yourself. Love makes you get to your workout, makes you do every rep, makes you give it your best, and fills you with joy and endorphins while doing it. Love is the reason you set goals and then do everything possible to achieve them. Love is the reason you're doing this. Love is the source. Keep that in mind always.
A lot of my clients come to me with complaints of difficulty sleeping, and it’s no surprise given the number of distractions available to take our attention away from that all-important task of shutting our minds down and resting properly every night. Whenever I ask “What’s keeping you up at night?” the answers I hear are always similar: the computer, social media, TV, and in some cases, sleep-altering substances such as caffeine, nicotine and alcohol. Why has it become so hard to engage in precisely the behavior that is easiest for humans during our infancy? Babies love to go to sleep, and do it frequently. Why, oh why, does this become so difficult once we become adults?
A famous actor was once known to say: “Dress me slowly, I’m in hurry!” I often heard this phrase around the house growing up, and as a kid, I never understood its logic. But as I’ve grown and learned a whole lot about life, I realize those are words to live by. In today’s frantic world of deadlines, appointments and distractions, we seem to be in a constant battle with Time. “I don’t have time to relax and breathe” is a common theme running through our subconscious. We think we have to be in a continuous state of adrenaline rush to accomplish everything on our to-do list. But the fact is, the more we take time out to breathe, relax, stretch and feel our bodies, the more clear-headed and focused we become, and voilá: the more we get things done! Relaxation is vital to maintaining a healthy heart rate. When your heart rate is continuously accelerated by the stress of being in a hurry, your ability to think clearly is actually diminished. The rising adrenaline levels launches you into fight-or-flight mode and you feel more nervous and irritable, you make more mistakes, you forget things, and worst of all, you’re rapidly making yourself sick. Another common mistake is multitasking. We all have to do it, and it seems all of us have our phones by our side constantly, which means constant interruptions from whatever we’re doing. So it’s a necessary fact of life, but it causes increased stress and increased heart rate. Make your daily to-do list reasonably short, and create it in order of priority, then actually tackle things in that order. Finish one task and take a quick break: go outside, walk, move, or just stretch and breathe, before getting on to the next task. Try to limit your use of the phone to these breaks, and silence it while you get important things done. You’ll find that at the end of the day you’ll be far less tired after having accomplished far more tasks. Just the awareness that you are in prime condition to get things done will actually help you to get more things done! When you’re properly rested, de-stressed, and operating from a place of relaxed clarity, you feel far more confident in your ability to accomplish your day’s goals. This confidence influences everything you do, and amazingly, things begin to go more smoothly, naturally. This is because your nervous system is responding to the message that your brain is sending which is “everything is ok.” Once your brain is sending out this message, you become a lot less worried about Time. Stop. Breathe. Relax. Enjoy Life. Now continue with what you were doing. Everything in life is about finding a healthy balance.
A lot of people are terrified of the C-word. You know… Commitment. That word that mentally detonates many of us into instant fight or flight response and causes us to cleave desperately to our perceived vision of “ our freedom” which inevitably consists of: bad habits, tired routines and disappointing outcomes. So what’s to fear in making a commitment to the change you want to see in your own life? For many of us, taking the first step to anything new is terrifying. And ironically, it often seems like the more we desire something, the harder it is to take that first step. What is actually an easy task, such as making a phone call, scheduling an appointment, even sending an email or registering on a website, becomes an insurmountable challenge. Psychological paralysis sets in, followed by guilt. All of us have been there, yet some of us, miraculously, have gotten out. What does it take to make that commitment to You, to be there for yourself the way you wish others would be? What does it take to keep the promises you make to yourself, the improvements that your life is waiting for, and the progress that you long to see? You may want to sit down for this: it takes a few seconds. A few seconds. Let me just repeat that for emphasis: it only takes a few seconds. In a matter of seconds, you can take your mind from 0 to 100 on a scale of motivation to take the first step toward your new life. In a few seconds, you can remind yourself of the commitment you’ve made to You and the fact that if you don’t honor that commitment, no one will. That’s right, no one. No one will improve your diet and eating habits, get you to exercise more, or do anything else that reflects the commitment that only you can make to yourself, and the care that only you can give yourself. In a matter of only a few seconds, you can drum up all the thoughts and reasons you’ve been having all along for taking that very first step. You can drum up the energy, the desire, the motivation, and the confidence you need by simply focusing your thoughts on doing just that. This is not difficult. After all, you are directing your thoughts all day long, doing it constantly. The only difference is that here, you are directing your thoughts intentionally toward your best interest. There is nothing difficult about this; all it takes is commitment and honoring that commitment. Practice taking your mind from 0 to 100 on the motivation scale on a regular basis. It’s about focusing on the kind of thoughts you think and not letting any other kind of thoughts take over. Convince yourself to do whatever it is you’ve been meaning to do and stop procrastinating. In a matter of seconds, something that’s been nagging you for months or years could be off your mind forever. Aren’t you worth it? Don’t you deserve it? So how about right now? Just prime yourself up: take your thoughts from 0 to 100, and go ahead and take that first little step that will change your entire life in a few seconds.