A limiting factor is any obstacle that stands in between you and your goals.
Have you ever seen a dog fiercely run after a squirrel but is quickly pulled back and choked?
It doesn’t know what’s holding it back as it relentlessly persists on trying the chase.
So what’s holding it back? It’s called a leash.
It’s tied up and stuck and doesn’t know how to get free.
This is what a limiting factor looks like.
Some leashes are stronger, made of chains and may take more time to break.
Sometimes people think chopping down the tree the leash is attached to is a worthwhile pursuit.
Others get free from the leash but are still stuck in the yard and don’t know how to get out. If they did they’d still need a specific destination and a guide to get there. Otherwise, it’s like driving around town with no specific destination. It may be better than where you were but having specific goals and a plan of action can make all the difference, least you return to where you started because it’s all you know.
When all you have is a hammer everything looks like a nail.
This is where a good coach or mentor can come in, someone who knows the way, who can help navigate and who has been there or seen this before.
Coaches find the limiting factors and remove them to produce results.
The best coaches strategically find the simplest changes that will yield the greatest impact.
Here is a brief overview of some limiting factors people face:
In health and fitness a lot gets blamed on genetics and so the saying goes, “Choose your parents wisely.”
The good news, however, for those of us who aren’t the genetic elite is that at any age and activity level most people can get leaner, stronger, improve conditioning and become healthier.
99.9% of people are nowhere near their genetic potential.
Take some time to look within and ask yourself some questions:
What’s the story you tell yourself? What may be a different story?
Do you believe you can change?
Do you have a fixed mindset or a growth mindset?
Do you have a scarcity mindset or an abundance mindset?
Are you ready to change? Are you willing to change? Are you able to change?
What is your relationship with food like? Is it a friend? A love-hate relationship? Something else?
What excuses do you make?
The mind is a powerful tool. You can use it to change or rationalize (rational lies) to stay the same.
- ACTIVITY LEVEL
If you live a completely sedentary lifestyle then one of the best things you can do is start being active!
I know pre-diabetic people (about in 3 Americans have metabolic syndrome) who benefit greatly from taking daily walks. Start slow and build it into a habit. If you go from doing nothing to doing something that’s a 100% increase and a great change in the right direction.
I would highly advocate resistance training for building and preserving strength and muscle mass, aerobic activity to improve your cardiovascular health and aerobic capacity, and higher intensity activities such as sprinting, biking, swimming, sled pulling or any type of interval training that’s low impact on the joints.
If you can only walk, start doing that daily.
“If something is important, do it every day.” ~Dan John
Some people don’t think of their health at all. I know I didn’t when I was completely unaware. I was dealing with mental health issues, depression and addiction. I never made the connection that my inner being was connected to my physical being. I was self-medicating with marijuana and pharmaceutical opioids. After smoking pot and getting “the munchies” I’d to go to Fat Burger and get a double bacon cheeseburger, fries, an extra large soda and milkshake. I would basically eat a whole day’s worth of mostly empty calories, fats, sodium and sugar (this is what The Western Diet consists of) before passing out. There were many other things going on in my life but living this kind of unhealthy lifestyle surely wasn’t helping my mental, emotional or physical health. Had I continued on that road I know my life would be very different than it is today.
Today I’ve been sober over 11 years, I exercise daily and enjoy the catharsis it offers me, I eat mostly whole foods with an emphasis on protein, veggies, healthy fats, and whole food carb sources and I’m coaching people go from where I used to be to a better brighter future.
If you had told me in my teen years that I would enjoy healthy cooking, eating, lifting weights and exercising I wouldn’t have believed you. It’s never too late to change and you can do something daily that adds or subtracts to your health. Before I was severely in the negative but today I’m aware.
Nutrition is by far the biggest limiting factor that people face. If you want to look, feel, and perform better good nutrition is a must. You can exercise all you want but poor nutrition will continue to hold you back from the results you truly desire.
Good nutrition improves nearly every measurable marker of health, from mood and recovery to body composition and performance.
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