If you have difficulty staying in the gym, there are a few things that will help … starting with a mentor.
I was lucky in a way. As a teenager, my vision was to exercise all my life. It was the influence of Strength and Health Magazine and my trainer Dick Notmeyer. Dick is still my mentor (with a big M). At the age of 87, he told me some sad news: "Well, Danny, I can either lift every day or ride my bike, I can not do both." So Dick raises three days a week, drinks his protein after training, and cycles the other four days. With 87 he is allowed to go back.
It was clear to me early on how important health, fitness, longevity and performance are. I try to pass on what has been passed on to me.
I ask stupid questions like, "Did you use floss today? If not, it does not matter if you hit bench press." I am not against behaving, but I want people to connect the points between this training and the over sixty years that are coming after today's session.
There are several other ways to maintain exercise life: [1
You may already have one and do not know it. An off-wheel and a door-opening bar can probably do wonders for your body. Take a dumbbell or kettlebell and you can exercise anytime. Oddly enough, a home gym seems to be the only thing long-term trainees all seem to possess.
Yes, I have a fitness membership, but I also have two Olympic bars, 26 kettlebells, a hip thruster, a dip / chin rest, and a rower. I would also include tapes, chains, pads, and a variety of things to take and pull. So if I want to exercise, I go to my garage and train. Sometimes I just do some pull-ups when I pass the bar.
2 – Find your "intentional community" – people you can count on.
I can count on Mike Brown training everyone with me day. With a number of other people coming and going due to work commitments, we could get along with two to fourteen people. Then we have breakfast. We are here to train, but we laugh, help and discuss.
These workouts are the best of my life. If someone needs help with this or that, the whole training can turn around and we all work on kettlebell snatching, RDLs or mastery of the Turkish team. You may think it's arm day, but you get something much more amazing.
3 – Make sure your target is not stupid, stupid.
My goal and it's printed on my computer, is to dance at my granddaughter's wedding. My grandparents died before I was born, my parents died before my children were born, and this pattern will stop with me. Josephine is four. That means I do not have to do anything stupid; Just watch the diet, stay strong and stay mobile.
That's good advice for everyone. But how do you want to be at 60? I'm 61 years old and I'm still in sports. Many of my friends have already died from bad life choices and bad luck. I can not do much about luck, but I can make good decisions.
Every goal should be accompanied by a warning: be careful what you want … you could get it. As a kid, I wanted to be a college athlete with a full scholarship. I have it. I wanted a career with a lot of flexibility for travel and life. I have it. I would like to dance on Jos's wedding.
To be a Division One athlete was great, but difficult. Traveling now is great, but I am exhausted from the flights to Europe, which I often do twice a month. I'm sure something will come up at my next destination.
What I wanted as a kid was a lifetime of fitness. I was vaguely what that meant, and I am grateful for this inaccuracy now. Make great glorious goals for life and keep going towards the finish line.
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