WHY do you train? …95% of the time the answer is “to look better”, particularly when I ask the question in January.
Why you train will have a huge impact on your results, and an especially strong impact on whether your benefits will extend beyond just physical rewards and feed your mind and soul too. Let me tell you why I train and we can compare notes…
I run because it connects me to nature and sends high voltage positive energy coursing through my veins, heart, lungs, brain… it releases endorphins that allow me to handle anything life wants to throw my way and no drug in the world can ever compare to a runner’s high
I weight train because it gives me pure power and like running it gives me a high – feeds my mind & body with adrenaline and feel good chemicals – strengthens my bones, tones and sculpts me, keeps me looking & feeling young, and every muscle in my body thanks me constantly for caring about it
I play racquetball because at 42, I love the stunned looked on my 22 year old partners’ faces when I kick their butts every time and all that sweating gives my largest organ, my skin, a hand in detoxifying and ridding my body of all the unavoidable stuff that’s harmful to me
I kayak because it allows me to be immersed in water – every body of water is sacred to me whether it is lake, ocean, or river – and I get to live in it, weave through it, become part of it and bask in pure raw radiant sunshine as I do so
I rollerblade because it turns me into wind and lets me fly
I rebound on a trampoline because it’s fun and stimulates my lymphatic & oxygen circulation, helps sustain bone density, improves my balance & coordination – inside of 5 minutes I can help my precious body do its miraculous work even more easily than it already does
I swim because it makes me weightless, allows every part of me to work congruously, and lets me become a drop in a mass of ocean – connecting to every living thing in every blue inch of the planet
I play tennis because I’m always looking for love 😉
I do yoga because it grounds my mind, feeds my soul, and tells every atom in my body that it is worshiped and adored
….burn calories? Yes, they tell me that it is a side effect of all these gifts and incredible sensations but I never really think about that… your turn… find what you love, take pure pleasure in it often but don’t give a single thought to weight or fitness and I promise, neither will be an issue again
Jaqui Karr, C.S.N., C.V.D.