A year ago FitNet interviewed Lee Taylor following his incredible recovery from a car accident that had left him with a neck fracture, nearly ending his martial arts career. The 5th Dan black belt karate instructor used his training to help his recovery, and the experience provided him with an insight that reaches well beyond martial arts and physical training.
Article By Lee Taylor
In this digital age, society seems to demand everything now, and at great speed, with a financial cost. Faster broadband, faster downloads, instant gratification, immediate results… and the health and fitness industry is no exception. Lose weight, build muscle, get fit usually in 6 weeks or whatever the current trend is – as long as we’ve made a financial commitment, we expect results.
We also hear that ‘life is too short so go out there and get it’ (whatever ‘it’ is) and that is true to a certain degree, though hindsight and nostalgia tend to give us the perception of life being too short. Life is very fragile and our whole world can change in an instant from the smallest event, so time is all we have.
Sometimes we need to slow down and stop chasing things at break neck speed, buying into the latest fad or gadgets for a perceived benefit – we have more time than we often think to make the best of this life.
So do stop, at least sometimes. Take a breath, figure out what it is you want from life, whether it’s your career, health and wellbeing, relationships… Trust in your instincts to work it out. Life can dumb us down making us lose the ability to think for ourselves, not trust our gut instincts and common sense to move forward. There can be so much noise out there telling us what to do, when, how, where and why to do it, but this usually comes with a financial cost if we want so called ‘results’ at our fingertips.
Take the time to figure out what works for you, whatever part of your life that you wish to improve. Trust in your instincts to know what is good for you, and your common sense to find your way. Seeking professional advice to improve areas of your life has its obvious advantages and proven benefits (even at a financial cost), though try and distinguish between genuine benefits to your life and marketing noise from current trends!
When you slow down, take the time to listen and breathe, things have a tendency to become clear and fall into place. This in turn allows you to figure out what you want to spend your time on to improve or make changes to your life.
Money isn’t the currency, it’s time! So do what makes you happy, spend your time on what you love and more importantly, spend your time with the people you love!
Lee Taylor Karate
Classes for self defence, self improvement, and for health and wellbeing in Weobley, Presteigne, Rhayader and Llanidloes.
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Founder and editor of FitNet.
Previously gymnastics coach, massage therapist and personal trainer with 20 years of experience. Former gymnast and dancer.