5 Ways You Can Get Better At Life While Your Significant Other Watches The Bachelor
It’s inevitable; if you have a partner who watches reality tv the chances are high you’re watching The Bachelor this time of year. Why? Well likely because you’re a strong supporter of your significant other and don’t want to upset him/her, OR, you simply have no choice.
So what are you to do, sit there and suffer? Fear not! I too am in the exact same situation you are. So, I thought I’d share 5 ways you can get better at life while your significant other watches The Bachelor. I hope you enjoy this as much as I enjoyed sharing these with Angela!
Improve your mobility
One of the great things about mobility training is that you can do it just about anywhere. What you choose to do is up to you and your personal preference. Here are a few things I’ll do from time to time:
Gain control of your joints
“Stretching with tension.” Flexibility really means nothing unless you can control said range of motion. Rather than lying on the floor with a yoga strap wrapped around your foot stretching your hamstring, work on controlling a specific joint or joints that you have trouble dissociated from one another. A common one I see is problems dissociating between your lumbar spine and your pelvis. A segmented version of the Cat/Camel, which isolates the lumbar region of the spine, can be very effective of enhancing your awareness/control of your spine and pelvis.
- Kneel on the floor with your hands under your shoulders and knees under your hips
- Drop to your elbows and place your hands behind your head – this will prevent movement from the thoracic spine and allow you to concentrate on the lumbar spine
- Begin going through either flexion or extension starting at the pelvis
- Once you’ve reached the top – hold your position and reverse it by again starting at the pelvis and working back to the top
- The goal is to think of moving 1 vertebrae at a time through each flexion/extension motion
It’s likely going to feel weird. My advice to you is to concentrate and create some light tension through your core as you move – think creating movement while resisting your own movement at the same time. The end result will be more of an isometric contraction throughout flexion and extension.
You can also practice the same thing for your:
- And more
I often give my clients homework to work on while they’re away from the gym. Let’s face it, no matter how much you may go to the gym there’s a good chance the patterns you live in at work and at home have a lot to do with the issue you may face in the gym.
In my experience most people don’t breathe very well, so, work on enhancing your breathing mechanics by practicing your 90/90 hip lifts.
Yoga/other mobility drills
Obviously there are many more mobility practices you can work on at home – my favorites just happen to reside with the aforementioned examples. If you like yoga, then practice some yoga, drop into a deep squat for a few minutes, challenge yourself to not slouch down on the couch. After all, you don’t want to watch The Bachelor anyway, right?
Build some strength
You can have some fun with this. Understanding how to regress and progress bodyweight movements opens a lot of doors to build strength anywhere you’d like. Here are a few things you can work do:
Every time a girl complains do 1 pistol squat on each leg
This could possibly lead to a bit more than you desire to do but nonetheless you’ll work on your pistol. If you can’t do a pistol yet here are a few variations you can practice to build your strength in your pistol squat:
Squat to a height you can control – this might be a chair or maybe even a chair with a few books stack on top. The key is to stay within a range you can control
Practice the rocking pistol – this a variation to help develop hamstring strength, which will help you with your traditional pistol.
- Again choose a height you can control and sit back this time coming to a full sit
- Rock back and then rock forward creating some momentum as you stand up
- When done properly you should feel a significant amount of activation in the hamstring – play around with these, they’re fun!
Work on your core stability
Hold hard-style planks off and on for 10 seconds during commercial breaks. Warning: this might induce a sweat! If you don’t know what a hard-style plank is, it can best be described as this: A traditional plank with A LOT more tension – think of squeezing everything you can while holding a plank. You should only be able to/want to hold for roughly 10 seconds. If you can comfortably go longer than you need t squeeze more!
Practice hand balancing against the wall
I’ve personally had a goal of getting better at balancing on my hands to start the year – so far so good. The key I’ve found, like anything, is consistency. If you have a wall at home, you can practice your hand balancing.
Pick a spot on the wall and practice for 5-10 seconds. Make it a “mindful” practice. Try to be as controlled as possible. Spread your fingers out as wide as you can and get as much contact through the floor with the palms of your hands – this will lead to more stability throughout your hands and shoulders and can help prevent you putting your foot through the wall too!
Write your to-do list for the next day
I’m a big productivity guru. We all have the same amount of time each day so productivity really becomes more about task management rather than time management. Here are a few categories you can project for the next day:
What deadlines do you have to meet? What bigger projects can you chunk down into smaller, more achievable pieces to make the end result better and less stressful?
No matter what your current goal is, you should be able to chunk it down into easily accomplishable tasks. Those tasks are things you should work on daily! For example, let’s say you have a body comp goal. Whether you want to lose weight or gain weight you need to have your nutrition dialed in. Pre-pack your snacks or lunch for the following day. This will take away any opportunity for you to slip up and run to the cafeteria for an otherwise wack meal.
Visualize crushing tomorrow’s workout/presentation
It’s important you have a clear vision of success. Athletes use it, CEO’s use it, and you should too. It’s not that hard. Visualize what it is you have to do. If it’s tomorrow’s workout, visualize your setup, see the weight on the bar, and then crush it with great technique! It’s actually a great tool you can use to help increase the likelihood of success at work, home, or at the gym. Give it a try.
Start a gratitude journal
Giving back is always a good thing, even if it’s just in your head. Too often people, myself included, are too focused on the tasks in front of them and fail to realize the success they’ve already had and the influence various people have had on their lives.
I started doing this in the morning everyday as a way to reflect on yesterday. I write 3 things I’m thankful for and why. It’s surprising how much of a more positive mindset you find yourself in after practicing this for just a few days. Shoot if you want to go the extra mile, handwrite some thank you cards!
Go to bed
I mean this is the obvious one right? Last week I posted on just how beneficial sleep is to both your mind and body.
Also, if you don’t want to watch The Bachelor then just do something else. At least with everything I’ve mentioned today you can still be present in the same room as your significant other – giving the impression of support while getting some “me time” at the same time.
At the end of the day let’s face it, even if you practice the tips I’ve mentioned today just be prepared for the inevitable that you will in fact get sucked into the ridiculousness that goes on during The Bachelor!
It’s hard not to! I’m a victim and I’m sure many of you are as well. Me? I consider that because Angela is an avid sports fan and that most of the time we are in fact watching sports (I’m the luckiest guy in the world!) it’s only fair that I watch (some) of her reality tv shows with her. How is Olivia still getting a rose anyway?!