With summer time starting and the days getting longer, I get to watch the gym slow down as people find alternatives to their normal routine. The thought that alternative activities are the same as working out, may be a flawed concept.
I often get questions about what the best things are to do, or what the “short cut” is, or how to make changes by doing as little as possible. My normal response is this: “There is no magic.”
I started working out in 1983. The gym was a very different place then—filled with body builders and aerobics people. For the most part, you were either one or the other. You were either trying to get big or you were trying to get small.
Do you get up in the morning and sit at the table for breakfast, then sit in your car to go to work, and sit at your desk in front of a monitor? Then do you go to lunch and sit, hastily eat your lunch, maybe while trying to do other things at the same time?
In 1983, I started my journey into fitness. I was a tall, skinny, nonathletic guy, and I decided I wanted to be Arnold Schwarzenegger. So armed with only my trusty Muscle and Fitness magazine as my guide, off to the gym I went.
At best, joint pain is downright frustrating. The pain can make it tough to do everyday activities, let alone exercise.
So often, we look at exercise as a way to change our appearance. If you look at the goal of most exercises, they actually have some sort of real life implication – either directly or indirectly.
We all get to a stage in our lives that things just don’t work the way that they used to. We chalk it up to getting old, and in some ways it’s the truth that over time, wear and tear happens.