Life is the most precious gift we are ever given. Our bodies, our mind, our health is essential to maintain to sustain a good quality of life. So why is it that people often find it inconvenient to invest in our health? How is it we can take a blind eye to what we put in our bodies? How is it that we find it easy to have poor excuses to why we can't invest or put effort and time in our health, yet turn around and not be able to comprehend how illness and injury has become a regular part of daily life?
It doesn't take much to improve your quality of life. You don't need a gym membership or money to make healthy choices and put into action which can positively affect your life for years to come. All it really takes is a little bit of personal responsibility.
Check out Kimberly's TEDxNUV Talk about how simple it is to invest in your health and why it is so important.
Time and time again I have heard women say they can't do push-ups, although they have never put in the effort to train their muscles to be strong. It is a challenge to get started and build the strength. It is hard and you will be sore and ache in the beginning. But never underestimate the power of hard work...it pays off.
There is always something to come of every first race. Expect the unexpected. Shift and morph plan as necessary. Learn from the moments. You can experience total bliss and agonizing pain all at the same time. Blisters will bleed and sweat will sting your eyes and chafe your skin. You will forget the pain as you run down the tunnel of cheers spectators. Your body will overpower your mind when the finish line comes into site and what once you thought was impossible, you now experience a feeling that you've never been stronger.
EMBRACE those moments. Embrace them all. Because no matter how good or bad they are at the time, you will never experience another first again. The first is the start of your new journey. Your first will impact how your train for the next...or not. Your first will will be your platform on how you make decisions in the next.
All the preparations in the world can never prepare you for the unexpected twists and turns of any race. Especially your first one. Some of my best races were when things went wrong or not exactly how I had planned. It is the ability to adapt quickly, make split second decisions which will determine the outcome of the race. The only time I ever had stomach issues in a race was during my very first Ironman in South Africa which sent me to the port-o-pot every time I tried to speed up my run. It was awful...but it was the most amazing experience of my life. An experience which continued to change my life and form my career, bringing me to where I am today. Taking the good with the bad, learning from one's mistakes and adapting to any situation that is thrown at you is what will make for a great experience.
BE FIT FOR LIFE AND NJOY THE LIFESTYLE
Our body is an incredible machine. It is unfortunate that we often take care of our cars, homes and other material objects better than The One machine we are given to care for our entire life. The body is something that cannot be traded in on once it stops working. Daily Fuel is needed to keep us with a sound body and sound mind. A sound body and mind cannot be achieved without the other. It is important to find a balance between the two by finding exercises which spark your interest which serves the body and other exercises which works with the mind.
It is human nature to want to do workout types which attract you most. Example is as simple as some prefer strength training and won't do cardio specific workouts. While others will do yoga and no high intensity. When it is important to always keep in mind the importance of being well rounded in your fitness routine. Having a variety of challenges, different types of training throughout the week and with different intensities help you become more well rounded. This includes not just physically, but mentally.
Try challenging yourself with different forms of exercise you wouldn't normally find yourself doing. These are usually they types of challenges your body and mind needs in order to become more balanced. One thing I have always done with my athletes at the end of their season is have them take a 6 week break. Now this doesn't mean not working out during this time, it is meant for them to try new forms of exercise and training themselves. From fencing to rock climbing, trapeze to pole dancing to boxing and Bikram are just a few examples of out of the norm challenges from the 'typical' training regime we would do throughout the rest of the year.
The benefits to this is working the body and challenging it in a different way, while also allowing the body fully recover from the day to day breakdown it sustains from repetitive training for events like running, cycling and swimming. It also gets the mind involved in learning a new movement while also exposing one to something new they might actually enjoy and wish to continue as a form of cross training or even change to a completely new form a training.
Either way, it keeps the body and mind from becoming bored and challenges it. When we aren't bored and find interest in what we do, we are more likely to keep the habit of living a more healthy lifestyle and continue our quest on being Fit for Life.
Challenge Yourself: Try something new and discover new forms of exercise that will help you stay Fit for Life.