Focusing On Fitness Makes It Easy To Focus

Personal blah alert. For the last few weeks I’ve been on a healthy eating kick and it’s doing me wonders.

Plain and simple, the focus on fitness (getting fit and getting some way healthy through some cycling, weights and kayaking), has made it easy to focus elsewhere. By that I mean I’m more alert, more energy in the afternoons, able to work quicker, juggle a few more pins. Positive eating, positive thinking, clear focus. Of course, it’s not something that I decided to do on a whim, I’ve planned for a while to do it and now that I have there’s no turning back.

As much the recent change has allowed me to focus on my work, I’m finding more focus on hobbies – my photoblog for example has been given a new lease on life and my love of photography completely rekindled (after a dry spell), also resulting in Practical Photography reappearing through my door. Plans for other online and offline developments are taking shape

Working for yourself and working until all hours (I also run up to 30 gigs a year and I’m directly involved in running a theatre company) both in an out of the office meant some woeful eating habits over the years but even in the few short weeks a few changes have reaped benefits.

Nice how putting a direction on one small part of your life has an immediate (and positive) impact on other parts of your life.

Maybe I’m just going mad…

Or happy to know that it’s working…


  1. Paul Campbell January 29, 2008 at 5:28 pm

    I blogged about this last July and have recently started back at the gym and been very much on a pledge to eat better food.

    It’s a no brainer really, but in a competitive world, it’s definitely the difference between world class performance and just getting by.

  2. Ken McGuire January 29, 2008 at 5:42 pm

    It’s interesting the turnaround I’ve seen just from adding a light workout the odd evening a week. For a few minutes you get to focus totally on something different to the body, banish any demons from the day and come back totally relaxed.

    I’ve got a plan in place to continue the next there months or so, should help me power through some work!

  3. buying prescriptions January 29, 2008 at 5:44 pm

    It is amazing how much diet and exercise can affect your mood and energy. You get in such a rut that you don’t realize how much energy you have been missing.

  4. Robin Blandford January 30, 2008 at 2:37 am

    I’ve been doing an hour every morning since moving to Singapore. Makes a massive difference to my energy levels. You’re right 🙂

    I think part of it is endorphins giving me a buzz. Part showering AFTER an 1hr commute and part simply just getting the blood moving in the morning.

  5. Keola Donaghy January 30, 2008 at 5:15 am

    You’re an inspiration, Ken! 😉

    Seriously, since we relocated to Dunedin we’re been putting in some serious walk time (no choice – no car). At least a mile a day sometimes two or three. The eating healthier part is a bit slower coming – but we’re trying.

  6. Paul Campbell January 30, 2008 at 12:31 pm

    What about the booze, Ken? I’ve been taking it really easy on the drink the past few days and aside from a few withdrawal headaches, am starting to feel much clearer, obviously. But it’s a huge factor too.

  7. Ken McGuire January 30, 2008 at 12:43 pm

    Big factor.

    Last year I’d given up any booze between new years day and first week of February. At the moment, pints are out the window. Had a few cans of cider (served cans) at a gig in Sligo the weekend before last, but took off on a 9 mile kayak run the following day to knock them out of the system.

    There was no alcohol last weekend, not planning on having any this weekend – but everything in moderation. I’d be happy to switch out the pints to a slow Sailor Jerry rum and diet coke or something.

    Even steering clear of drink for a month leads to some great nights sleep.

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