Have you ever tried to lose weight, size, or make other significant changes in your life only to have your efforts trumped by the hazards of your regular life?
Sure you have. We ALL have! What did you think you were an exception?
We all face similar problems when it comes to facing and beating distractions, old habits, outside influences etc. They always seem to increase when we’re trying to do something positive too!
You’ve read every magazine article detailing thorough workouts, exclusion diets, and effective gym gadgets.
These can all be positive devices to move us toward our performance goals, but there is one tool, the often overlooked “hidden habit.” Renew your resolve in THIS habit and get a grasp on what really works for you. We all have unique qualities. Our bodies respond differently to food items, types of activity, age and circumstance.
Throughout my 9 years in track, many people have asked for advice to give aspiring athletes trying to reach my level of success. They ask what are the most important traits to becoming successful?. All the questions are difficult to answer because there are so many quintessential keys for success in this sport.
Many don’t understand the dedication and worth ethic that goes into competing at an elite level.
As I lay on my back staring at the imperfections in my living room ceiling, enjoying a moment of muscle pain relief afforded me by my foam roller, I am reminded that it wasn’t always this way.
In the past, the day following a set of particularly heavy dead lifts or leg curls would be followed by the inevitable soreness that no stretch could seem to quell. The best I could hope for was a hot shower and frequent breaks from the desk to get up and stretch, twist, bend… anything to relieve the stiffness and pain. THEN I was introduced to the joys of foam-rolling (insert angelic singing and cloud opening).
Do you want a better body? How about a long healthy life disease and prescription drug free? You can have it but depending on your daily habits and family views on food and exercise it may take significant lifestyle change.
If you decide it’s worth some sacrifice and discomfort now in exchange for those 6-pack abs or an additional 20 years with the family you’ll likely be soon doing things that some of your close friends call crazy.
I grew up spending my summer breaks from school splitting time between visiting family and attending summer camps. In either situation I was surrounded by friends and cousins my age who, fueled by an unlimited supply of candy and sugar, sought out every activity before the street lights came on or the call for evening chow.
Summers ALWAYS involved swimming. Wherever we were it was surely HOT, and what do kids want to do when it’s hot? Get in the POOL!
Happy New Year!
I know that many of you, inspired by the new year, will be making promises to yourself, and to your family, about making personal improvements. You’ll promise thing like “I’ll start running”, “I’ll eat healthy”, or “I’ll drop 20 pounds.”
The problem is, although we are well intentioned in making our resolutions, the fact is resolutions are weak, ineffective, and don’t last. Just think about your resolutions from last year! If they stuck you probably would have much less to ‘resolve’ this year.