In today's episode, I talk about the three phases of my fitness life: my teens, 20s, and 30s. I talk about the need for balance in our workouts, and how that translates to balance in our daily life.
In my teens, I exercised with my foot completely on the gas pedal. In my 20s, with a long list of injuries, I exercised with my foot almost completely on the brake. Now, in my 30s, I have finally figured out how to balance the two and achieve my goals safely.
I realized that my life has gone this way too. The way I exercise is the way I approach my other goals. In my teens I went after everything. In my 20s I got a bit scared and overwhelmed. In my 30s, I am now still very goal-oriented but I have balanced it with peace and serenity. What a cool lesson.
Why is this important?
You have control over your workout. However you want to approach your life, start by approaching your workout this way.
What daily actions can you do to achieve your goals? Create a list of "workouts" that you'll do, then let me know how it goes on our Facebook page. Have fun with this.
Core Balance Podcast Episode 30.
What do you think your body would look and feel like if you continue to move like you did when you were a kid, before fitness became about treadmills and calories. There is a better way and now you've found it. Welcome to the Core Balance Podcast with your host Chris Janke-Bueno.
Hello and welcome to the podcast. Thank you so much for being here we me as I talk and tell my stories and hope that I can make some sense and give you some value. I really appreciate you being here. Back when I was younger when I was 14 is when I started weight training and the reason was that I wanted to be strong, look strong and be an overall better athlete, better basketball player, football player, soccer, baseball, everything that I wanted to play. I had always been pretty good at sports and now I wanted to take that next step and start playing sports more in a man’s body as opposed to a boy’s body. So that was my transition right there and so at that time you know being a 14-year-old male I blasted into my workouts, I just hit them with the vengeance, I was just getting in there and I would try to lift as heavy as I could and just overall push myself to the edge and the more sore I was the next day the better because that meant that I had a good workout. And then I hit my back pain spell and I wasn't able to do as much and little bit into that I started stretching and finally relaxing a little bit and that was in my 20s. And then when I got into my late 20s, early 30s things started to really shift for me. And I started to be able to blend the intensity of my teenage years with the softness of those stretching days, those rehabilitative exercises in my 20s. I was able to blend the push with the pull so to speak, the yin and the yang you know, the opposites. And today I want to talk about the fact that the way we exercise is the same way we take on the rest of the world.
When I was a teenager I took on the rest of the world with abandon. I – boom I jumped in. I owned this place. When I was in my 20s I started to realize that woah I don't know anything. I pulled back. I got scared of that injury right. When I was working out I got scared of the actual back injury. When I was living my life I got scared that I would metaphorically kind of injure myself in life and so I didn't push very hard. And again just like with my workouts in my 30s I have been able to blend the two. But I have these goals that I am moving toward and at the same time I am conscious of the balance of the dance between left and right that I have to make.
And so it's true though, isn't it? The way that we work out is the way that we take on the rest of the world. How could it be otherwise? It's still you. And so I talk a lot about goals and about how we go about achieving certain tasks, certain things that we say that we want to achieve and how that everything is interrelated and that is absolutely true and that once you achieve your goal of fitness or once you at least know how to achieve your goal of fitness, if you apply those same principles to your personal goal maybe your spiritual goal, your family goals and to your business goals. Zig Ziglar said it – he said that you don't create a great marriage from the honeymoon, you don't create a great marriage from those big trips that you take, you create a great marriage from the daily things that you do. Same thing, you create a great body, not because you did some crazy amazing workout yesterday, you create a great body that feels good and looks good because of what you did yesterday, the day before, the day before, the day before, the day before, the day before every single day of your life.
Michael Jordan has a great quote. He says that – he regrets that he made it feel so easy or made it look so easy because then you don't get to see all the struggle that he put in every single day. 8 hours a day just playing basketball, lifting weights, trying to get better. So that's what it takes is that daily discipline and I encourage you to start with your health goal. Whatever you want to achieve, start with your health goal for two reasons. First reason is it's going to give you the energy to be able to do your other goals. Now people who don't exercise, they don't get this. They think, well, the workout looks so hard you are spending so much energy so I don't want to lose the energy that I already have. It actually works exactly the opposite from that. The more energy you put into your workout, the more energy gets released into you that you now have access to for the rest of your day. So if you go out on a vigorous walk as soon as you wake up in the morning you are going to feel more energized after the walk, maybe not immediately after the walk but maybe 10 minutes after the walk. Then you eat your healthy food and your body is primed and ready to go.
So that's the first reason is that it will give you more energy. The second reason is that once you know how to achieve one goal you know how to achieve all goals. You can apply that same strategy to your marriage, your kids, your work, anything else. It's that daily discipline to do something toward the attainment of your goal every single day. And to periodically pull back and reassess what's my plan for the next week, the next month, the next year and then once you are done reassessing boom, you jump right in.
So that's it. Again I love talking about goals because I think this is what really makes us feel alive. This is what makes us feel like our life on this planet is worthwhile. And the great thing is you can make whatever goal you want. Whatever goal you want – make it as big as you want to make it and then put some legs under it by taking those daily action steps in order for you to achieve what you want to achieve. Again I love talking about it not only because it lights me up but it's so simple and I think oftentimes we try to make it complicated but really it is very, very simple. Pick your goal, make it big, and then decide what you have to do on a daily basis to get there. If you are not headed in the right direction you just tweak what you are doing on a day to day basis. You just change it up a little bit. You don't change the decision to get there. You change how you get there. And that's Tony Robbins right there. I listen to all these guru guys. Tony Robbins says if you are not achieving your goal you don't change the decision to reach that goal. You know you want to reach it but you just change your approach a little bit, try that, see if it works, maybe tweak your approach again and again and again and again until it works.
My friend Brian has a good analogy that going after a goal is a lot like walking down the street and it should be this easy right just walking down the street whistling and you know you where you want to go because you are looking up at it. But at the same time periodically you have to look down at your feet to see if there are any cracks in the sidewalk. But you have to make sure you are not looking down at the cracks for too long because then you lose sight of where you want to go. You have to make sure you are not looking way up at where you want to go too long because then you will miss out on the little details of your day to day life.
My friend Katy also says that in this analogy that you are either in the weeds and that's your day to day tasks that you are doing or you are in the tree house and if you spent too much time in the tree house you forget that there are weeds and you forget that there are things that need to be done and if you are in the weeds too much you forget where you are going and you really get depressed because all you see is weeds all day. So you need to be able to come out and go right back in on a very practical day to day level and again that's with all your goals.
So that's it for today. I hope that you go and you apply this. Again you start with your fitness goal, with your personal health goal, apply that to your family goal, to your friends’ goal, to your business goal, your work goal and then figure out what you need to do on a daily basis, what are your workouts going to look like for your family, friends, business goal. So remember I'm doing a podcast today and I don't want you to miss any of the action. Make sure that you subscribe on iTunes. Tell your friends and drop me a line on the Facebook page. I look forward to our conversations. Thank you.
You've been listening to the Core Balance Podcast. I'm your host Chris Janke-Bueno. We'll talk again next time. Until then let's be fit, let's be healthy, let's be happy. It feels good to move, so keep moving.
Stop relying on willpower, motivational tricks, and pump-up strategies and learn how to top into your inner fitness fire with Chris' 60-minute audio book: Ignite Your Fitness Passion (published 2015)
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Learn the basic principles that make a successful fitness program with Chris' 60-page book, Functional Strength: The Key To Pain-Free Movement (published 2008)