What’s the purpose of all this training if you aren’t going to use it, test it and challenge it in new ways? As I battle to get the message out that training is much more about what you can do than it is aesthetics, I must also get you to use your newly tuned up performance capabilities.
Getting out of your comfort zone is a great way to realize how far you’ve come and how your consistency and effort has paid off.
Break out those cross country skis, try that black diamond, even though you haven’t been on it in a decade or even just run around your yard with your dog.
How long were you able to shovel last year before calling it quits? I dare you to try the whole driveway. Heavy wet snow, no problem for you now. After all, what are those deadlifts for?
When I got a text message from a client last week, saying that they created a GAIN team, called Gain Gang, for a local 5k, I was thrilled. What a perfect example of getting out of your comfort zone, setting a realistic, yet challenging goal.
If you would like to get involved, whether you are a runner or never ran a mile in your life, you can find the details about the race here.
Running not your thing? That’s okay, it doesn’t have to be and it isn’t required to be “fit.”
However, you have to do something. Shovel your driveway, stomp through the snow in some snowshoes, try something new and try something challenging. Use your fitness to spend more time doing other things, get outside and challenge yourself.
That’s never been more apparent for myself. Over the past 6 years or so, I have been constantly asking myself, “what am I training for, what’s the point?”
My answer constantly changes and evolves, as it should for you, too. But now, my answer as to why I train, is to get outside more and use this fitness that I have acquired.