The word “threshold” was originally thought to come from the thresh (wheat stalks after the grain was removed) that was put at the foot of a door in homes in medieval Britain to hold the chaff flooring into the room, so when you entered the home you would cross the threshold and since then the word became used just in terms of crossing a line or reaching a limit.

The threshold we're looking at today is with regard to starting an exercise and/or new diet plan and why some of us fail to follow through on the goal. The blame for our failure with a new health paradigm is that we either lack motivation, fall off the wagon, need to cheat, have no time, too busy, etc., but what if it was that we had just reached our threshold of things that we can achieve in 24 hours?

Our 21st-century lives are full! There are so many things that we have to do in one day, admittedly there can be a large gap between being busy and being productive but that’s a topic for another post, but we all have a threshold for things we can cope with, so if trying to add in an hour of exercise every day for 6 days a week pushes you over your threshold then maybe it was too much.

Think of life like a bucket of water you’re carrying, if you fill it too full it will slop over the edges and you’ll lose some, so to add in a new activity you will have to take some of the old water out if you want to add in some fresh. Recognising that we have a threshold can go along way in helping us achieve our goals, it allows us to quantify and acknowledge that if we take on too much that something has to give, and it’s normally the new thing or the one that we put the least value on. In an ideal world we think of changing our diet and introducing exercise into our lives like adding salt to the bucket of water and it just dissolves into the water and we carry on with business as usual, but we all know that’s not the case for 99% of us!

Yours in health

Richard Insley

2016-02-02 13:37:18