A couple years ago, I started Beachbody Workouts.
21 Day Fix
Core de Force
22 Minute Hard Corps
In the process, combined with a drastic shift in my diet, I lost 50 pounds. I went from 190 pounds to 140 pounds, and a size 33” waist to a 29” waist.
For someone who started with Olympic dreams in their teens, athletics and sports have continued to shape my life in some form or another. Whether it was cycling, Track, speed skating, snowboarding, hockey, etc… I have always participated in some form of competitive athletics.
But as I had gotten older, became a parent, gotten busier with work, etc… It became harder to find time to work out and focus on my health and fitness…
Oh, see what I did there? See how easy that was? See how easy it is to bullshit yourself?
No, what I did was become lazy and make excuses.
“I’m too tired. I’ll work out tomorrow”
“I have to be up early and need to get some sleep”
“I just don’t have the time”
Do these sound familiar?
No, the truth is as we age we need to stop bullshitting ourselves and stop making excuses. We MUST make taking care of our health and bodies a priority. The alternative is a life of meds and trips in and out of the hospital as our bodies begin to break down and betray us.
The human body is an amazing thing. It can compensate for years and decades of abuse, but once it reaches a tipping point, things are never quite the same. Think about something as simple as spraining an ankle. Sure it may heal in a couple weeks, but that ankle is never quite the same. It is easily injured again, you don’t usually regain the range of flexibility you once had in it, and sometimes it just hurts for no reason.
Our health is the same way if we neglect it for too long. Why wait for some medical emergency to befall you before you have that realization that you are not 20 anymore? Sure you may recover from it, but your health will never be the same.
Health and fitness does not need to be complicated. It does not require a gym membership or hours lifting heavy weights. In fact, it is actually detrimental to the body to lift heavy and go hard after a long period of inactivity. It is this mentality that often leads to injury in the aging athlete.
As we age, our bodies begin to lose the elasticity and coordination we had when we were younger. A fitness program that incorporates functional training and focuses on flexibility is actually more beneficial to ourselves in the long run. Most of us have a lifetime of unaddressed muscle imbalances that need to be corrected before starting any strenuous workout program. A fitness program that focuses on functional training and flexibility will help correct those muscle imbalances and allow you to build a proper base that will allow you to move on to any fitness goals you may have.
Unfortunately, I am far from perfect. I have been telling myself those same bullshit excuses for months now and am not at all happy with myself or my current physical condition of health. I have a goal of still standing between the pipes stopping pucks and laying out some Euro Carves on my Oxess at 70 years of age.
That’s not going to happen if I keep making excuses and sitting on my ass every day.
No more excuses and no more bullshit.