In the wake of Thanksgiving, and most everyone stuffing themselves until they regret even the thought of food, I believe this post is timely. Most of us are in some way trying to improve physically; it’s a common topic in the Sphere, and for good reason. It is no secret that improving your body reaps many synergistic benefits. I’m going to advise a step further though: take your dedication to fitness beyond just “working out”.
The phrase: “there is a difference between working out and training” is often repeated in the online lifting community. It’s way of saying that when you become dedicated it becomes something more than a hobby. Something more than an activity you occasionally participate in when the mood strikes. The perpetually overweight “workout” for three weeks after New Years and a week and a half just before summer. Athletes train. It becomes a mindset that invades your entire life.
This isn’t just the realm of the elite. Why would it be? Why should only a small subset of the population train to be their very best? Every man owes it to himself to discover what he is physically capable of. This isn’t something that is achieved when you work out three times a week and consider yourself done. It’s everyday; even your days with no actual training are recovery days, not days off. From how you sleep to how you eat, walk, breathe, think, everything changes.
It is isn’t hard to see how this bleeds over into improving your entire life. Because that’s what your daily agenda becomes: improvement. Athletes are always fighting to be just that much better, faster and stronger. These aren’t sacrifices, they’re investments. It’s not even a gamble as the risks are basically nonexistent and the rewards are tremendous.