I grew up in a small town in Southern Maine. There wasn't a lot to do that didn't involve some form of exercise. When the weather was nice we'd ride our bikes to the beach where we would swim or skim board, or maybe we'd play basketball at the park. Of course, we could always go exploring in the woods, and every once and a while we'd climb a mountain. During winter there's snow to shovel, hills to climb to sled down, snowballs to throw, and if I was lucky, the occasional ski trip.
As a kid, I was also involved in sports like baseball, track and field, and lacrosse. Being active was always a way of life for me. A major reason for this was the influence of my father. My dad was a high level marathon runner (often winning his age bracket) who deeply inspired me to workout. Many times before bed he would challenge me to a pushup contest, offering to do twice as many as I did. This actually proved to be an effective tool for getting me moving. We also did pull-ups and he taught me how to run.
Later, as an adolescent, I used these skills and developed self-discipline by doing a couple sets of pushups (100 total I think) every single night before bed (even when sick). Without realizing it, I was building the foundation of consistency, dedication, and hard work (as well as juicy pecs) from which I would continue to grow for the rest of my life.
My older brother was another source of inspiration. Being 8 years older, he was much bigger and stronger and had begun lifting weights in college. Well, I wanted muscles too! So I began experimenting with some weights in my basement. Rockin out to MC Hammer, Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Das EFX, Nine Inch Nails, U2, Jay-Z, and Dr. Dre I started a love affair with the iron.
Finally, if I'm being completely honest about my influences here, I have to mention my older sister. Carmen was born with a chronic lung disease. She was in and out of the hospital and couldn't enjoy a normal active childhood like most other kids. Running around and playing sports simply weren't a part of her life. There were several close calls and nobody really knew how long she would live. She carried an oxygen tank and took a lot of meds. Her appearance changed. Eventually, she had a lung transplant in Boston. Despite all this, I never heard her complain. In fact, Carmen was eager to laugh. Her experience and composure taught me to cherish my health, have faith, keep a sense of humor and put things in perspective.
Fitness is something very personal to me. It is a lifestyle. I believe exercise is as essential of an ingredient to our lives as is food, sleep, a career, and entertainment. We're talking about our health here!
If we are fortunate enough to have been born with a healthy mind and body, then it is our responsibility to take care of them. It shouldn't even be a question as to when or if we'll workout. It should be a top priority like eating or sleeping.
We don't say, "hmmm... my body probably needs some fuel every now and then. I think I'll try to eat something on Tuesdays if I get out of work on time and have enough energy and nobody invites me out for drinks." Or, "Gee I'd really like to have some more energy, maybe I'll try getting 1 hour of sleep per week." But this tends to be the case with exercise.
Why is it so easy to procrastinate when it comes to working out? Because we haven't weaved it into the fabric of our everyday existence. It actually becomes easier to go to the gym or go for a jog once you've established that it's just part of your day - every day. Your mind can't really negotiate as much. It doesn't have the option of saying, "there's always tomorrow."
Our bodies are designed to move. We’ve been doing it for thousands of years. Except nowadays it’s easy to become sedentary. We have cars, desk jobs, elevators, escalators, and of course, iPhones. We do everything in our power to remain comfortable and keep from using any energy. Our culture has gotten to the point where we consider a walk around the block exercise! Unfortunately, to most people working out is a mystery.
One element often missing in one's exercise regimen is that of having FUN. So many people lose that sense of enjoyment when their workouts become a tedious chore. Frequency and intensity plummet while progress remains stagnant.
This usually happens when somebody works out for a while doing the same routine over and over until one day this somebody looks in the mirror to see the same body from 3 months ago. This somebody has remained the same-body. Going to the gym then amounts to a trivial use of time.
Are you a same-body? Worse, have you put on a few pounds lately? If so, you are like many of my clients...before they met me! If you truly want to change, I can help.
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