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.
In the nearly 8 years that my wife and I have lived in Colorado Springs, never have we seen the amount of road construction currently taking place. Whether it’s a main road or side street, there’s no part of town missing out on the “fun”. And it’s not just re-paving or patching potholes. Whole lanes are being ripped up with miles of digging in order to replace underground pipes of all varieties.
At first, I thought all the “weed” sales (pot is legal in Colorado) might be producing the influx of tax funds for all this construction. But a running buddy of mine made me aware of a bill that had passed in the last couple years which freed up an enormous amount of funds for these projects.
Turns out the city has a certain amount of time to spend the money. Based on the number of orange cones and “ROAD WORK AHEAD” signs, it looks as though no penny is being spared.
Millions of people are about to be disappointed –– they don’t even realize it.
Maybe you’re one of them.
Right now, around the world, people are setting new ambitious health goals and resolutions.
And yet, according to Inc Magazine, approximately 80% of New Year's resolutions fail. Most of them buried in an unmarked early grave by February.
Why is that?
How is it that despite all our best intentions and genuine desire to live healthier and be fitter, the most we can hope for is a depressing 20% success rate?
So to help you kickstart your New Year with a healthy lifestyle we are going to breakdown why most goals and resolutions fail and what to do instead.