14 January 2015

switchoffdeviceAs well as giving up coffee (I haven’t had one since November) I’ve decided to make another change to my life. Why? Well, I’m not getting any younger and something has twigged in my mind where I’ve thought: “I need to start getting more careful with my body.”

I’ve always been a huge advocate of switching off the television and exploring the great outdoors, and it has been part of my routine to give myself time for playing squash or hitting the gym. However, during extremely busy periods, it’s all too easy to prioritise other things and sacrifice exercise. Yet ironically it’s during these times when you need it the most!

Over the last couple of months, I’ve gotten myself back on track. I’ve lost weight, given up coffee and I’m feeling better than I have in two years. However, there’s also another thing I’m trying to give up and it came about when my wife Gail suggested that, when it’s time to get some sleep, we switch off our phones.

It might not sound like a big change but have you ever found yourself lying in bed, checking your emails on your mobile or scrolling through news stories? It’s a huge distraction when you need to be able to switch off and rest, which ultimately is necessary if you’re trying to sustain a high level of performance over a long period of time. You’re also not really achieving anything by doing this, other than leaving yourself wide awake.

Whilst it will take some getting used to, I think it’s a good idea. Mobile devices, as with so many things in life, are best in moderation.

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