“One today is worth two tomorrows.”
-Ben Franklin

This is a great quote, and one I try to remember everyday. I would change the two to ten, but the meaning would be the same.
So much of life is lived in anticipation of some maybe future event.
“Next year, I’ll be in a good place with my job.”
“Ten years from now, we’ll be able to afford the place we really want to live in.”

This is the formula; if I can endure THIS, then someday I might get THAT.

That is a big risk. You’re risking years, months, days and hours of your life that are meant to be lived and enjoyed right now.
Wanting and working and sacrificing for something is one thing, but when the whole of your life is perpetually being weighed against what MIGHT happen in the future, you’re wasting a lot of guaranteed happiness right now.

At some point, it has to end. At some point, you’re there.

People live by this philosophy in health and fitness.
Many health professionals will tell you to LIMIT activity based on the idea that when you’re a senior citizen you’ll be thankful that you did.
Do less now, and in 40 years you’ll be comfortable doing less.
That’s the payoff? Really?

Core stability and hip strength can go a long way in facilitating the kind of activities you like to do outside the gym.

Personally, I cannot imagine the regret I would have 40 years from now if I didn’t use my body to its full potential during those years.

Again, it’s sacrifice now, and sacrifice perpetually, forever, and maybe you’ll get some loosely defined reward down the road.
No thanks.

Here’s a nice perspective on the subject by Tim Anderson;

“If you know things are happening to your body that shouldn’t, don’t accept them or settle for them. Know you are designed to heal. AND, open your eyes. Are you missing something? Are you seeing the real causation? Or are the world’s normals simply trying to corrupt your mind to keep you from living the life you were meant to have?”

Does Aging Cause Us To Break Down?

by Tim Anderson | Jul 10, 2017

Be smart. Obviously, don’t ABUSE your body. Make sure you eat a clean diet, take time for recovery, and avoid certain activities that continuously cause you pain.

You’ll undoubtedly have setbacks along the way. Time to retire from life? Nope.

Outside of that, move. Find an exercise program that will facilitate the kind of life activities you like to do. You’d be amazed at what some targeted strength training can do. It can get you doing (again) some things you’d not think possible.

Enjoy what you are capable of right now. Have fun conquering new physical feats.
Decide to enjoy being active.
Hike, lift, dance and so on, and so on…

It’s your turn. Emerge.

Matt Pirtle MA CSCS