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It’s great to be back in the United States where the weather is warm, football is back on and I can enjoy running outdoors without inhaling smog, dirt, dust and a host of other bad things.
This month I’d like to talk about enjoying your training.
How often do you smile when lifting weights, running, cycling, swimming or doing yoga? Are you grateful for the opportunity to train that day, even if you don’t feel the greatest?
This morning I went for a 5-mile run near where I live in Central Texas. The weather was cool, there was a slight breeze and it was just a great day to be outside enjoying God’s creations (even if there were a bunch of cars zipping around taking their kids to school…). I enjoyed my run and enjoyed the beautiful cool weather, which is a rarity this time of the year in Texas.
When you’re strength training, do you ever just find yourself smiling on the inside or the outside at the opportunity to make your body stronger through training? When you complete a difficult set, do you crack a slight grin because you’re proud of the effort? I’ll admit…I do at times. Do you smile when you’re mid-800m track interval (and sucking!) and a great song comes on your iPod? I do. And you should too.
Almost every day that I have the opportunity train, I am grateful. I am grateful because I know there are people in this world - because of wounds suffered in combat, sickness, or other health defects - that do not have the opportune to train. In the morning when I wake up, if I’m ever feeling just the slightest bit sorry for myself, I remind myself that I am fortunate to be able to exercise and grateful for the opportunity to go out and train hard that day.
If you’re able bodied and can go out and work hard - enjoy it. I encourage you to have a sense of gratitude about your training and I think it will go a long towards enjoying your workout - even if it is a brutal training session (like 800m interval repeats…).
And when you’re done working your tail off…take Perfect Amino. Why? Because it’s a lot easier than making a complicated protein shake (and cheaper), and it will help you enjoy your next training session that much more. Why again? Because the less sore you are - the better the next training session is going to feel (at least I hope so).
I’ve lost men under my command in combat and know several others who suffered life altering wounds at the hands of the enemy. I was also wounded in combat and still feel the effects of my wounds from time to time. I think of those men I lost and those who can no longer train the way they did before being wounded and it brings me a sense of gratitude every time I am able to train.
I encourage you to find your reason for gratitude and the next time you lace ‘em up, be thankful for the opportunity to push yourself and get better.
Talk to you next month.
Physicians over thousands of years have observed a link between a patient’s mental state and how swiftly they recover. It is a long-standing axiom that people who are determined to get better and maintain a healthy frame of mind recover more quickly, with better results.
But what if we told you that it’s a two-way street? That specific health conditions can cause conditions like depression and anxiety?
In 1931, decades before the first antidepressant and antianxiety medications had been developed, a physician named Yaskin discovered that clinical depression is the earliest manifestation of pancreatic cancer. Further research demonstrated that patients who suffered from gastrointestinal malignancies carried the greatest risk of suicide – which was one of the first science-based flags indicating that the digestive system can have an impact on mental health.
The simplest way to reduce toxins in your body is to avoid them. Despite today’s crazy world that has toxins everywhere, there are steps you can take that will reduce your toxin intake. This gives your body a chance to get rid of the “backlog” and catch up.
Elderberry, also known as Sambucus nigra, has been used for centuries as a natural herbal remedy for those who fall ill.
Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine, referred to elderberry as “nature’s medicine chest,” and it has been noted as early as the 5th century BC as a medicinal tonic – forever cementing it as a staple in human nutrition.
But, it wasn’t until recently that we understood WHY it is so helpful to the body. And with this understanding came advanced methods of harnessing the incredible power of this medicinal plant.