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The Bullhorn, Issue #006 -- Monthly Motivator for September 2006
September 15, 2006
Just the right push to succeed!
An Ounce of Prevention
It’s very hard to start from a complete stop. And there’s nothing that can bring our fitness routine to a stop like an injury. A few years ago, a good friend approached me in the gym and asked why I wasn’t running as much as I used to. I told him that my knees were bothering me. He asked me what I was doing about it. Good question. I did some research, self experimentation, trial & error, and ended up adding some glucousamine and leg lifts to my daily routine. I’ve been happily running ever since.
How many times in life do we accept a false handicap without ever trying to overcome it? I used ‘my knees hurt’ for two years as an iron-clad excuse. How many others are out there allowing their age, an old sports injury, or something else hold them back from what they could be doing? There are many serious injuries that require rest and even surgery, but rest is a temporary prescription and surgery is usually the last resort for only the most severe injuries. For the vast majority of us, it’s worth a little self-evaluation and challenging our condition.
The good news is that the majority of injuries are minor ones and can be addressed with rest, recovery and some physical therapy (stretches & exercises). Below are some stretches and exercises suggestions for some common ailments. Add them to your fitness routine to help avoid some common injuries.
If at first you don't succeed.....
The trait that Abraham Lincoln is probably best known for is honesty, but I would think persistence was a close second. His ventures in business and politics prior to being elected President in 1860 were considered to be failures by many. Through massive debt and lost elections, Abe grew with each “failure” and wore them like a bandoleer of experience that defined his steadfast character. He became inarguably one of the best Presidents in U.S. history, and I doubt very much that he ever hung his head or stopped to feel sorry for himself.
Diets and fitness ‘kicks’ are often notoriously short-lived because we are too hard on ourselves. A missed workout or chocolate-chip cookie may be all it takes to start the downward tailspin back into our old habits. People that succeed with adopting a healthy lifestyle got their through a path of successes and failures…no one is perfect. So finish the cookie and start the food log again tomorrow. Haven’t worked out? Get out the calendar and schedule a walk, run, or workout when you can. Life is busy. Time for fitness can often take a back seat to work, kid’s activities, and other commitments. Don’t feel defeated…get back in the ring. With a little tenacity and a positive attitude, you’ll weather the storm and keep climbing towards your goal.
With the end of summer and the start of Fall, many fitness routines will get their first real test of weathering change…back-to-school…weather changes….schedule changes. Go with the flow and adjust your routine to fit your life. Getting through these changes will take some focus and persistence…you can do it…it will make you stronger. Plan ahead! If you see a party or a friend’s wedding coming up, workout the day before and enjoy the event. I’m not very good at counting calories as parties…so I don’t. I’ll plan a hard work-out before-hand, and let the party be the reward.
Some of the best home-run hitters in baseball also strike out the most. And for every success story you hear about an athlete, they’ve likely weathered twice as many defeats. So don’t hang your head about getting knocked down once in awhile….just get back up again!
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