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Do you begrudgingly board the treadmill in the winter (well, we have all probably done that at some point…)? Is it a struggle to get out the door to run, cycle or walk?
I understand that it’s not easy to train every day - or be consistent with your workouts when the demands of family, work and life in general pile up. I get it.
What if you approached your training sessions differently? What if you approached them with a sense of gratitude? Maybe something like...
Yes! I get to go run for an hour today!
There are a lot of different reasons that people train. Some love it. Some like to look good with their shirt off. Some know that if they don’t train, they’ll instantly gain 20 pounds. I understand the multitude of reasons that people train. It’s unlikely that my journal entry will change the REASON you train. I would like to, however, help shape the attitude you take into your training sessions and why it should be far more grateful than it currently is.
You GET to train. You GET to lift weights. Do you know how many people can’t run, lift weights, ride a bike, go for a swim? Sorry - I don't have a cool stat to put here - but it’s a lot of people. A LOT. Injuries, genetic factors, sickness, accidents…the reasons contributing to why a lot people can’t train are numerous—each person’s story unique.
Your story is unique too. Your story is a part of the lucky portion of society that has the opportunity to go out and work your butt off and get better.
I don’t always have the best attitude when I step into the squat rack or lace my shoes up for a run. I’m human. I feel sorry for myself sometimes or create reasons why I don’t need to run that hard or put more weight on the bar. And then I stop. Why?
I stop feeling sorry for myself because I think about the thousands of wounded Soldiers who can no longer train the way they want to because of their sacrifice to the Nation.
Some of those wounded Soldiers were my Soldiers - and I think about them. Soldiers I knew. Soldiers I led in combat. Some of those Soldiers did not come home and they will never have the chance to train again.
I was wounded in combat, and if not for a few seconds difference, would likely not be here today. I was wounded, recovered and am able to train again. I am extremely lucky and I think about that often. My brother was wounded too, and if not for a few steps, he would likely not be here today. I think about him; his sacrifice; his bravery.
These are the things I think about when I want to feel sorry for myself. These are the reasons I approach my training sessions with a sense of gratitude and humility. Your reasons are not mine - and mine are not yours. Find your reason and hold it close…you’ll need to pull it out every now and again to motivate yourself and pull yourself out of a mental ditch.
This holiday season when you think about what you are thankful for, be thankful for your body and the ability to train your butt off.
Have a great Thanksgiving. I hope that you can spend it with your family and friends. If you can’t, enjoy the day as best you can and give thanks for the good things in your life.
Talk to you next month.
You know that the cardiovascular system is responsible for pumping blood and oxygen throughout your system, right? And that the endocrine system manages hormones? And that your nervous system relays messages throughout your body?
Well, underlying all these systems is an astoundingly complex electrical system.
This electrical system is busy sending an almost uncountable number of messages to the muscles, bones, brain, and the cells. The human brain is the home to approximately 100 billion neurons, each firing about 200 times every second.
Sometimes it feels like there are more types and brands of water than drops in the ocean. You go to the grocery store and discover a huge shelf packed with different brands of water that all claim to be health-beneficial. Add in the hundreds of in-house water purifiers, and it can seem like a “sea” of confusing options (cue the pun).
Thankfully, your choice doesn’t have to be that complicated.
What if achieving your next level of high performance didn’t have anything to do with building more muscle?
According to research, your highest level of optimal health and athletic performance may be more about using the resources you already have to their highest capacity…
And it all comes down to a new way of managing your hydration.
But... Can hydration be the key..?