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The Bullhorn, Issue #041 -- Monthly Motivator for August 2009
August 15, 2009
Just the right push to succeed!
Goal + Hard Work = Success
You’re probably thinking that this is an absurdly obvious equation…but most of us continually try to find ways to avoid the hard work part. Goals are easy to come by. We all wish we were in better shape or could run a faster race, but how many of us make the commitment to give it all that we have to get there?
A recent article on CNN Health detailed the life turnaround of a man named Rich Roll (pictured above). At his 40th birthday, he hit a plateau of disgust with himself and made a plan to change. His journey has taken him to a very different lifestyle of that of a super-endurance athlete and recently named one of the Top 25 Fittest Guys in the World (Men’s Fitness Magazine).
The most intriguing part of this story is that he is not super-human. He’s a father of four with multiple jobs and hobbies…yet he dedicated himself to this transformation and worked hard to attain it. The other part of his article that hit me was the section where he advised taking it one day at a time. This is great advice! How often do we all get overwhelmed with our life and goals and just quit out of intimidation. By taking it one day at a time…one push-up at a time…one snack at a time…we need not conquer what seems insurmountable.
There is no accomplishment in life that’s worth a darn if you didn’t work hard to get it. That’s why diet pills and electric pulse exercise machines are a farce. Hard work is the key ingredient to success. It will drive your plan; build momentum over time; increase your overall confidence; and ultimately get you to where you want to be and beyond!
I have a confession to make...I stopped stretching to save time…and it worked until now?! A few months ago, I felt as if my whole body was going on strike. My knees hurt. My Achilles ached; and I would walk down the stairs each morning as if it was the day after the Boston Marathon!
At first I just accepted this new achy state and thought I’ll just plow through it. And one day I stopped to touch my toes for a quick pre-run stretch when I noticed I could no longer touch them?! Since that time, I’ve added stretching back in (morning and evening) and have noticed a lot less pain and creaking of joints. I’ve also noticed a bit more speed in my workouts which makes complete sense. Stretching does more than just warm muscles up. It lengthens and strengthens our muscles, tendons, ligaments, and connective tissue. As it increases our flexibility, it also increases our ability to get stronger.
Stretching is more than a pre-run / post-run formality…it’s a necessary part of our fitness routine. It also does not have to be done adjacent to our workouts. It can be a workout of its own. The Achilles stretches and toe curls that I’ve been doing at night have had a immediate and positive impact on my morning mobility. Check out the stretches page for some good flexibility exercises.
Semper Gumby, my friends – flexibility matters.
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