Over the past few months I have been taking health and exercise much more seriously. Sylvester Stallone wrote a fitness book several years ago and in it he made a statement – Once you hit age 40 it is decision time. After age 40 things can go downhill pretty fast.
I am 42.
In a survival situation good overall health could provide the edge needed. Many armchair preppers out there stock up on some extra food, have the shotgun in the closet, and have a backpack in the trunk and feel they are ready. Try putting that backpack on and carrying that shotgun and some ammo a few miles walking AND running.
It’s not easy.
For the past few decades I have participated in several martial arts and weightlifting on and off. I always figured I was in decent shape and if needed I could walk/run and do what was needed. I was wrong. Several months ago I decided at the age of 42 to take my health more serious and signed up to do Crossfit.
Crossfit is likely unlike anything you have ever done unless you actually have done it. It is sorta like P90X if you are familiar with it. Basically Crossfit is a strength and conditioning program which combines weightlifting, cardio, and gymnastics(exercises like push ups, sit ups, dips).
Crossfit is very intense and requires enormous effort. I quickly found out in my very first workout that I was neither in shape nor could perform much strenuous exercising for any length of time. My first workout resulted in my not being able to drive home and my throwing up on the side of the street. It was a wake up call and a slap of reality right across my face (and the rest of my body). Wanna know how long my first workout lasted? A little over 8 minutes. OK, stop laughing!! Really – until you try it you just won’t understand.
I have been doing Crossfit now for several months and it is amazing how much further I can run and weight I can lift…..all done faster and in combinations.
Crossfit IS for just about everyone of all ages. Everything can be scaled to your abilities.
Diet is another area which I have improved and continue to do so. I have focused on trying to eat more fruits and vegetables and lean meats. I cut out soft drinks all together and now drink water almost exclusively. Monday thru Friday my diet is pretty decent while I splurge a bit on the weekends.
I continue to work on improving my daily diet.
In summary – I am stronger than I have ever been. I can run further faster than ever in my life. I am becoming more agile and flexible. Still need to drop about 15 pounds though 🙁 .
Take care all –