I have always enjoyed strength and even athletic performance (sprinting, jumping, and power production), but I have never really worried about fitness. Now there were times when fitness happened as a byproduct like in preparation for USA Bobsledding. I dropped body fat to get faster. I performed as many track workouts as I did strength workouts because I needed to focus on my speed. I ate perfectly thanks to an awesome trade out I had with one of my athletes and friends Cheryl Clodfelter where she prepared my meals in exchange for coaching.
However fitness wasn’t the goal. As a matter of fact for most athletes at the absolute top of their sport, fitness is rarely the goal. The goal is to dominate your sport no matter the cost. Normally one’s sport will keep him or her healthy because one of the goals is to stay healthy to continue the sport. What happens when the sport is over? That has been a question that I have been trying to answer for over a decade.
It’s like I am lost now that I am not focusing on a sport. I was having trouble training for health. I kept finding myself going heavy, and the next thing you know I would be contemplating competition of some sort. That was until this past February when my daughter, Magnolia Taylor Mash, entered this world. When I realized that I was 46-years-old with a newborn daughter, things got real in a hurry.
Don’t get me wrong, I love all of my babies, but the realization of being 64-years-old when Magnolia graduates high school, hit me right in the face. I have to take care of her and protect her. A fat and out of shape 64-year-old dad is just about useless. I have slowly gotten better at working out this year, and I even had some awesome periods of getting with it big time. However, I was neglecting something that I have known all along is crucial, and that’s cardiovascular work along with weight loss.
Like the rest of you, I considered waiting until the New Year to get into awesome cardiovascular shape, but then I decided to just jump in. My wife, Emily Drew, and I bought a new Echelon Bike, which is very similar to the Pelaton just a bit cheaper. We have been riding everyday since buying the bike. I love it!
Unlike most people, I don’t have a problem working out at home. I actually prefer it because when I am at my gym, I go into coach and business owner mode. My priority is everyone else, and that’s a good thing. People trust me with their goals and dreams, and I take that responsibility very seriously.
I am treating myself just like I would any other adult general fitness member at my gym. I am not jumping on some crazy diet. I am slowly making lifestyle changes that are really adding up quickly. Example:
1. Ride my bike daily.
2. I am only eating between 7a-7p.
3. Only indulge in one small treat per day.
4. One major cheat meal per week.
5. Minimum of 3 Strength training days per week.
6. Drink a gallon of water per day.
7. Eat my vegetables first.
8. Only eat starchy carbs one per day around hard workouts.
9. At least 7 quality hours of sleep per day.
10. Focus on recovery (mobility, Marc Pro, Chiro, etc).
Let me give this advice and please take this to heart, making small changes over time will lead to a lifestyle change. People that jump on the latest fad diet or workout are doomed to repeat their failures over and over. Think about it like this, if you make one small change per week, you will have made 52 changes in a year. A strategy such as this, will leave you with a new lifestyle at the end of a year. You could and should apply this strategy to all things in life financial, business, or even becoming a better parent of spouse.
I hope this one helps all of you!
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