FITNESS

Just Like Brushing Your Teeth

What do dumbbells and a toothbrush have in common?

When I was learning judo, my instructor was correcting my form and showing me the right way to do a technique. I said something like, “That just doesn’t feel right.” He exploded yelling, “Well it is right, so who gives a flip how you feel!” Point taken.

The right path in life doesn’t always feel right either. Some things we should just do because they are right, whether we feel it or not. Like working out…or brushing our teeth, we should do them whether we feel it or not. 

You wouldn’t skip brushing your teeth just because you weren’t really feeling motivated. As men, we need to view exercise as equally important. I’m not saying we all need to be CrossFit warriors, but we absolutely better be able to do a few pull-ups and run a mile without having a heart attack.

Maybe if we viewed exercising as just another element of our basic hygiene we’d be in a lot better shape, and have a lot less health problems down the road. 

Change the way you view working out, and exercise whether you feel it or not.

About Your Bum Knee...

Ever see a guy drop a touchdown pass and suddenly come up with a limp? Like they’re trying to tell you they missed it due to an injury. Everyone knows that’s not why they dropped the ball. It’s just their excuse. It’s a “loser’s limp.”

Maybe you’ve got a bad knee that you use for an excuse, too. You tell people you can’t join them for a workout because you’ve got a bad knee or back. But let’s be honest, that knee injury doesn’t keep us from doing crunches, pull-ups, pushups, or 100 other exercises we could be doing. And that torn rotator cuff doesn’t prevent us from doing squat jumps, hill sprints, or flutter kicks either.

We’ve all got something that hurts. Find an exercise that you can do – and crush it! Go all in on it. Maybe all you can do is swimming. Great! Get after it!

Don’t use one injured body part as an excuse not to do anything at all. There are guys without legs doing triathlons; so focus on what you can still do, not what you can’t.

Healthy Water

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How well do you think a trout would do living in nasty water clouded with fast-food wrappers and cigarette butts? It might eke out an existence but it definitely couldn’t thrive. It couldn’t live as it was designed.

Your soul is like that trout, and your body is the water in which it lives. Fitness isn’t just something for jocks and narcissists; fitness is important for your soul.

Cleaning up the waters of our daily life means cutting out the junk food and exercising daily our cardio, muscles, endurance, and speed. Not just for the sake of our body, but because our body is where our soul resides. We do it to give our soul the healthiest possible dwelling place.

With a body and soul that are both healthy and thriving we are able to positively influence those around us. We’ll breathe easier, sleep better, and be in a better position to help others.

Fitness is a free gift we should all give to our soul.