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Taking Stock of What Matters — Why Do We Train?

November 1, 2010

I believe it’s a good idea to step back every now and again to reassess the “why’s” behind what it is we do; especially so, those habitual things.  Think of this reassessment as periodic maintenance for mind, body and soul; grease for the habitual “gears”, so to speak.  March all those little habits out in to the light of day every now and again for fresh examination.  This is a good, healthy practice to get into, because, as we all know, unexamined habits can slowly devolve into dependency, crutches and/or seriously unhealthy ruts and, before you know it, that small, easy-to-overlook medical “irritant” can eventually blossom into a full-blown medical emergency.

But let’s not leave wholly unexamined, though,  those things that we automatically ascribe to the “healthy” bin; our workouts, for example, even our overall fitness plan.  Why exactly is it that we train?  And if we in fact reaffirm that our training (and our training methodology) is a good thing, then is our training of an optimal nature?  Are we getting the most of our time, money, and — more importantly — our blood, sweat and tears investment?

There are as many fitness training-related goals flittering about the wide world of Physical Culture as there are fitness aficionados, but one common theme seems to tie together even the most disparate of trainees: the enabling of the the accumulation of quality years within a given life span.  Want of a prolonged life (at least according to my years-long, on-going and informal survey) runs a distant second to the want for quality within those years.   Whether or not sensible training adds years to one’s life might be debatable, however, what is indisputable is that sensible training does vastly improve the quality of the years one is given.  In other words proper strength training allows one to go out in a flame of glory; a leap over a high cliff, versus a slow and agonizing trudge into the shallow surf.

Have a look at this recent New York Times article, What to Do Now to Feel Better at 100, then reassess your association with Efficient Exercise.  It is our humble believe that not only does  our method of strength training save and prolong lives, but that it imparts serious vigor to the years you do have.  In our opinion, there’s not a more worthwhile investment of time, money and effort to be found anywhere.

Much thanks to Efficient Exercise member Carol Martin for the article find!

In health,

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