Are You Ready?
Are you ready for what comes along?
I’m not talking about “going with the flow” of life; I’m talking about real, physical confrontation.
This could be someone trying to rob you, you might have to push your car out of the roadway or railroad track… any number of physically challenging events can happen in the wink of an eye.
But when time comes, could you handle the challenge?
An awful lot of people fool themselves and say they can get the job done when the time comes, but in reality, there’s no way they’re close to ready.
Think about the question and answer it honestly.
If you’re absolutely certain the answer is “yes”, then read no further…
But if there’s the slightest bit of doubt in your mind, then continue reading.
Here is a real life incident with two officers, there’s nothing hypothetical.
- Officer #1:
Height 6ft 1in
Exercises daily and is mindful about eating properly and has no health issues.
- Officer #2:
Goes for a walk occasionally (so he says), eats from fast food restaurants, frequents the donut shop and is diabetic.
The two officers had a call that involved a lot of walking and running on the beach, through some heavy bush, in and out of their cars.
They made it through the incident without injury and when it was over they got back in their cars and went back to patrolling the streets.
However and I want to emphasize however, that officer #2 was out of breath, (lets say really sucking wind) and sweating profusely. He wasn’t in any condition to handle another physically demanding high stress incident anytime soon.
Did officer #2 handle the incident?
Not really because officer #1 had to hold back and not run and walk as fast as necessary because he wouldn’t (and couldn’t) leave his partner behind.
Officer #1 had to be concerned about the welfare of officer #2, he couldn’t leave him behind and hope he would make it back alright.
So the public was short changed because this one police officer couldn’t function properly which affected the teams operation.
Sadly, the problem has not been resolved because officer #2 insists he’s capable and continues to visit the donut shops and continues to gain weight.
But this is an extreme case scenario, let’s move on to simple everyday tasks like carrying a bag of groceries up a flight of stairs to the second floor because there is no elevator.
Can you do it without stopping to rest or become short of breath?
Can you lift your old dog into the car for an emergency visit to the veterinarian?
Can you lift your luggage into trunk of your car?
These are all valid questions about everyday life and the answer should be yes to every one of them.
If the answer is no then you should start correcting the problem today. And I believe you can correct most of your problems with just a little bit of work.
· Use the stairs when possible; avoid using the elevator as often as possible.
· Park further out in the parking lot and carry your groceries instead of pushing the grocery cart. If you have to use the grocery cart then take it back to the store and you’ll get to do some extra walking.
· If you’re avoiding work and moving as little as possible you’re being counterproductive for your well-being.
· Go for walks and carry something with you (a couple of small weights, a bottle of water in each hand or a hammer in each hand, something with some weight to it). Some of my clients who are in their 70s do hammer exercises while out on their daily walk.
Here’s some advice I’ve passed on to many of my clients…
If you don’t go for daily walks, start walking and if you don’t jog, start jogging, start gradually and build up
Once you’ve become accustomed to walking and/or jogging find an area i.e. grassy field, park or quiet area during your run/walk to stop and do some exercises.
Here’s one of my routines…
I do a five mi. run and during that run I pass two parks and I usually stop in one and sometimes both of the parks and do three or four of the exercises you’ll find in my videos and book.
I don’t like to follow the same routine that way it never gets boring.
So start out gradually and build up, if you don’t, you’ll find nothing has changed, your still in pain and can’t always do for yourself.
Now go out there and start your new life, and never say “I’m too old” or “I can’t”, because you’re not and you can.
P.S. When you’re out there in the park doing your exercises never mind what other people think, they’re not the getting fit you are!