Training For Life

training for lifeYou don’t have to be a competitive athlete or even a recreational athlete to reap the benefits of training and exercising. Life can be challenging and if nothing else, your daily workout might be nothing more than you training for life.

Training For Life

If I look at it closely at all of my “exercise” and sports endeavors all throughout my life, they were not just about what I was doing at the time athletically but more about me training for life.

I started lifting in middle school because I was skinny and didn’t want to get my butt kicked so bad by the other bigger kids.

I started running seriously as a teenager because it helped me to cope with life.

In the military, I lifted again, A LOT, to get bigger and stronger so I that could do my job better. Running was huge for me then too.

In my 20’s I took up mountain and trail running which made me stronger in order to do other things that I enjoyed back then.

In my early 30’s I lifted even more in an effort to stave of aging and the effects of sitting at a desk 10-12 hours a day.

In my late 30’s I trained and trained, either running, lifting, NordicTrack, everything, to the tune of 3-4 hours a day because I knew that my life was in such of a transition that I needed to be strong enough to handle whatever was coming my way eventually. This was also the time that it really occurred to me that what I was doing specifically was training for life.

Now, in my later 40’s I run almost exclusively not only to train to race but also lend balance, structure, and purpose to my life.

While many of the reasons above might have been competitively based, the root of it is that I was always doing it to make myself stronger for just living and to increase my quality of life.

Now to be honest, I really never had a clear plan, knowledge, or awareness of exactly what I was doing all of those years but thank goodness that I was because now I am in much better shape (no pun intended) because of it all.

But as I got older I realized that exercising daily, or at least being active more often than not, was in a way, me investing in my future. I was hedging my bets that the miles that I ran in my thirties would make it hopefully easier for me to walk the miles that I will want to walk in my 80’s.

I am not going to get on a soapbox and start preaching to you to start exercising today and give you a list of reasons why. One of my favorite books, Younger Next Year, which I highly recommend, can do all of that for you. I will just say that it is important and the sooner you start and longer you do it… the greater your benefits will be all throughout life.

Two days ago one of my friends texted me asking me what trails were clear around Aspen for him to run on if he came to visit this weekend. I informed him of the conditions and since we have raced a lot together the past few years I asked him what he was training for this year. Needless to say, his response not only made me smile, but I also laughed a bit when I read on the screen…

LIFE!

He gets it…

Andy Wooten M.A. Counseling – A Certified Life Coach In Aspen Colorado

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Photo By Claudia Kirby 12 May 2016

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