I do not know where I got this from, but I kept it on my desktop to talk about for awhile now. The reason I kept it is A, I can’t lie, I like swearing a bit, and B, it has been my motto for this year. Train for life!
In previous years my training life has been nothing more than a rollercoaster ride. Work hard for six months straight and then work hard to loose it all for the next six months.
This year I took a different approach. Be consistent and work out more to stay alive than to get buff in six months and quit.
I would like to live the rest of my life like this. I want to workout because that is the healthy thing to do, and I believe it is one of the only ways to live a longer life. It is also the only way to stay strong and keep my body in good working order.
I think too many people get on fads and diets. They do it with working out, with eating healthy, and many other parts of their lives. These fads never stick and people fall off the bandwagon fast. I know I have been there more than once.
By taking the life approach, I know I have to live different for the rest of my life. I have to make choice to train forever. Not just the 6 months in between summers. Not just before the winter trip to Mexico. It’s for life.
Now that I have been living this way for the last six months, I like it. It isn’t easy to always get in the gym. Life takes over and a million excuses pop up to not workout, but I always go back to my approach. This is a lifetime decision.
This decision also helps me get back in the gym when I miss a few days of workouts. I know missed days do not matter and that I need to get back in there as soon as possible. Often times a couple days off will wreck me and will turn into weeks if not months. It’s tough to get back at it.
The decision to workout for life has made all the difference because I know a few days off will not kill me. The opposite is true if I don’t get in there and get to work. I’ll get weak, my metabolism will start to slow, then I’ll get fat, and probably die one day because of it. That is the last thing I want to die from.
Train for your life. Make the decision to do it for the rest of your life. Not a week, not a month, not a year. Give yourself the best chance of living by making the decision to train for life.