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How to Use the Muscle Confusion Technique Outside of the Gym

How to Use the Muscle Confusion Technique Outside of the Gym

According to exercise lore, muscle confusion is the best way to improve your level of physical fitness. This principle is based on the idea that if your body performs the same exercises over and over, it will eventually adapt to the routine and fail to progress, thus leaving you the same piece of abstract art you were before, despite all of your effort. Muscle confusion means never letting your body get comfortable; just when it thinks it can jump rope for a full minute, you should require that it jump with a lead rope on top of a bosu ball. Remember, accomplishing something is only as good as the better thing you accomplish next.

I think we should apply this same principle to other areas of our lives, not just fitness. If confusing our muscles in the gym makes them stronger and more responsive, think what we could do by confusing our co-workers, our families, even our fellow parishioners! 

Some ideas on how to apply "Muscle Confusion" to your everyday life:

Career: Confuse your boss and co-workers by showing up to a different department everyday. First, update your email signature with your new role, then start answering the phones at the front desk, washing windows, pitching sales ideas or billing clients for things - whatever you think that department does and is most confusing relative to the position you were actually hired into. Everyone will be changed by the experience and you just might get that (forced) sabbatical you've been dreaming about.

Family: Confuse your children for their own benefit by picking up different children from after school activities. Your body and maternal instincts are probably stuck in a rut and trying to nurture the things that you gave life too; don't settle for complacency. Your own kids will develop strong resiliency (to psychotherapy) later in life, and they can thank you for it. And as for the confusion kids you took home: you've not only given them a new life experience, but their real parents as well.

Faith: Next time you are in church and the priest says "let us pray," roll out a mat, get down on all fours and practice Salah. Let those around you wonder what you're doing; what's important is that you know what you're doing (the answer is spiritual confusion). The following Sunday, bring along an idol to worship. Like muscles, people and priests alike need to be confused and fatigued to the point that their very fibers break down in order to become stronger.  

 

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