Psychological Workout “Aikido” For More Energy? (PFT Workouts)

Hope you had a great weekend.

I did.

Had a great “daddy date” yesterday with my son.

Took him up to the Air Force Academy for a look-around, at his request.

“Dad, let’s go to that place where the soldiers train.”

He loved it.

And of course, so did I. :-)

There’s a mindset that it takes to go to the service academies.

(I didn’t have it – did not want to take orders when I was younger – 2 years of ROTC in college was all I could take.)

Speaking of mindset, there’s a mindset you need to have when you’re doing “Pinched For Time” workouts. (PFT workouts)

Two actually.

You need to choose which one will work for you better.

1. Be aggressive.

This mindset acknowledges that you’re still strapped for time.

However –

You are still hell-bent on making as much progress as you can.

2. Doing the bare minimum.

More often than not, when you’re pinched for time, there’s very little mental RAM left to focus a lot of energy on your workouts.

Therefore, your mindset is a “punch the clock” mentality.

Show up, do your 15 minutes of work, get on with life.

Where’s the “aikido” part come in?

I’m not sure if you know this or not, but in aikido, you use your opponent’s energy against him or her.

So here’s where it comes in:

When you end up picking the second option – just punching the clock – you end up competing against yourself.

After all – it’s ONLY 15 minutes, right?

Now, you probably won’t start out there, but more than likely you will finish with that mindset.

And here’s why that’s so important to you:


And that means that short, 15 minute time investment actually REWARDS you and allows you to get more done than if you didn’t do them.

Here’s PROOF:

In a study published in the Swiss medical journal, Psychotherapy and Psychosomatic, which involved 36 healthy, young adults who reported persistent fatigue.

There were 3 groups: low-intensity exercise, on a bike, at a “leisurely walk” pace for 20 minutes, 3 days a week; moderate-intensity exercise, on a bike comparable to a “fast paced walk up hills” for 20 minutes, 3 days a week; and a no exercises group. The study was done for 6 weeks.

The results?

Both exercise groups reported a 20% increase in energy levels compared to the no-exercise group by the end of the study.

So what’s all this mean for you?

The ABSOLUTE WORST thing you can do to yourself this time of year is to skip your workouts because you “don’t have time.”

Doing these short, “PFT” workouts, will give you MORE ENERGY and will MULTIPLY your time.

Pretty cool, huh?

Durn skippy it is!

Tomorrow – a sample PFT workout.

Talk soon.


PS – You get out of life exactly what you put into it – more actually.

It’s exponential.

If you know you need more energy this time of year but don’t have the time (or energy) to create your own, then these might be right up your alley.

Psychotherapy and Psychosomatic 2008;77:167–174 (DOI:10.1159/000116610).“A Randomized Controlled Trial of the Effect of Aerobic Exercise Training on Feelings of Energy and Fatigue in Sedentary Young Adults with Persistent Fatigue,” Puetz T.W. · Flowers S.S. · O’Connor P.J. Department of Kinesiology, University of Georgia, Athens, Ga., USA

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