Consistency and Timing Part 1- Consistency

This is a little shower thought that I felt like writing down, so I am. This is a Two-Parter (I have long thoughts in shower so…Yeah).

 

Okay so let me first just start by telling you how my average day is like, i.e. apart from clients, etc. So, an average day for me is to wake up at 5-6 am, brush my teeth, shower, then get something to eat at around 7-8 am. Then get in some exercise at around 8:30-9:00 am (although to be honest, I haven’t worked out in quite some time now), then I have lunch at 12-1pm, then a small snack at 4-5pm, then something light at 7-8pm and I’m off to bed at around 10-11pm. That’s it.

 

I’ve been following this schedule, regardless of what time I’ve to go to work, had to study, etc. etc. since I was 8-9 years old (possibly younger, I don’t exactly remember).

 

Now, why did I write all of that? Well, it connects to my shower thought today. You see, I have noticed that there’s so much information on what to eat, how to workout, what exercises to do and stuff like that, but there’s relatively quite less information on when to do all of that and the consistency of doing these things. Have you noticed that?

 

Now, I realize that many will say, “Oh but that depends, because everyone’s schedules are different so sometimes it’s just not possible”. And yes, I agree with that. Without question. But the unfortunate thing for us is, our biological clock doesn’t quite “think” the same way.

 

You see, our ‘biological clock’ is a mechanism in our body that regulates our physiological activities on a daily basis. It’s called The Circadian Rhythm. It sort of (I write ‘sort of’ because there are parts of our brain that serve the purpose of doing all of the following and those parts function according to the rhythm, so the rhythm influences/facilitates these functions in our brain) regulates our eating, our sleep patterns, our bowel movements, hormone levels, blood pressure, temperature and heart rate. More information on that is available here, if you want to go in depth:

https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2012/03/your-bodys-internal-clock-and-how-it-affects-your-overall-health/254518/
and Here: https://www.verywellhealth.com/circadian-rhythms-the-bodys-clock-2795928

 

Fact remains, you can have the “best routine” in the world, (although I personally don’t think there’s just one “best” for everyone), but if you don’t time that routine right and be consistent with it, it will never get you the results you hoped for. Health wise, both mental and physical, you will never be able to reach optimal performance, far from it actually.

 

We often underestimate the importance of timing in our daily routines. It is proven time and time again, that when we do something is equally important as what we do and how we do it and that consistency plays a major part in all of it.

 

There are some who wake up at 11 or 12 or 1 in the afternoon, eat at 4 or 5 pm, then eat again at 10 or 11 at night and sleep at 1 or 2 or 3 am, even later and then do something different the next day and in the end, they’re left feeling sleepy, tired and lethargic throughout the (half) day they’re awake. This effect happens because their circadian rhythm is way off. It’s not functioning as it should, they’re not letting it. This leads to all sorts of other issues as well from sleep deprivation to overeating to mood instability to obesity and may even lead to diabetes, due to lack of sleep in extreme cases. There are many problems associated with a broken circadian rhythm, including negative effects on our cognition.

 

This thing is, not getting enough sleep is not the only issue, it’s not going to bed at the right time and being inconsistent in your sleeping habits. Not eating right isn’t the only problem, but not eating at the right time and not doing so consistently is. Not getting enough exercise isn’t the problem, but not working out at optimal time (for your body and your goals) and not being consistent is.

 

Continued in Part Two (The ‘When’ of it). Probably tomorrow.

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