SWEAT- It’s what I call my morning classes at the Gem of the Hills. People ask what ‘kind’ of classes I teach. Some name trademarked methods and want to know if I teach those? I answer that the military has been using cross training and high intensity interval training methods for decades before Crossfit was trademarked and Beachbody “introduced” HIIT through Insanity. Brilliant marketers and businessmen didn’t invent the methods of working out incorporated in Body Pump TM or any other program you might purchase on DVD, though multimillion dollar corporations have been built on supposed new exercise methods. Call it what you will- it’s sweating and breathing hard that are your cues as to whether or not your exercise is moving you toward your healthier you. However you get there, it’s getting there that matters.
The same principle applies to where you are at the beginning: it might be hereditary or environmental factors at the root of a possible overweight issue. Maybe, like me, you come from a long line of 350lb people with Diabetes. Maybe you have the genetics, depressive tendency, poverty, physical limitation or advanced age that lead to so many health challenges. No matter the obstacle, no matter the reason behind why you are where you are; you are here, and you are not alone.
The path toward better health is one too often less traveled, because it’s a hard road to take and, upon which, even more difficult to remain. Don’t stop. Fall down, as we all do, but get back up. Get up as many times as you must. You are only defeated when you stop getting up.
Be one like them who inspired Robert Frost to write “I took the (road) less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.” (The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost 1920).
There are four aspects of discipline outlined by psychiatrist Morgan Scott Peck which are: Delayed Gratification, Acceptance of Responsibility, Dedication to Truth, and Balance. These are very applicable to us all in our personal quest to approaching genetic potential. This week, recognize that discouragement means you have an opportunity to grow your capacity for delayed gratification. When you don’t see the results you want, as fast as you want, remember: Rome wasn’t built in a day!
Keep moving. Keep working. Keep an eye on what you put into your body. Know you are the only one who will take charge of you. It is your responsibility. You know it’s important. You know the truth. Don’t go overboard on some all encompassing program that you can’t maintain without cheating. Stay balanced. Stay focused. Continue to move forward. Don’t look back. Look ahead. The future is bright! Call it Spring Time. Call it A New Day. Call it what you will. It doesn’t matter what you call it: it’s what you’ve got to do. So do it!
Sally Windham is an ACE Certified Personal Trainer and Fitness Instructor. She lives in Blanco, and trains clients locally at Gem of the Hills and in Spring Branch at Family Fitness. Send your questions or comments to firstname.lastname@example.org