Is deadlifting heavy weight, squatting high reps and being super picky about push up technique normal? No, it certainty isn’t. Is rolling around on a lacrosse ball, foam roller or doing dedicated hip mobility work normal? Definitely not.
See, this whole functional fitness thing, or whatever you want to call it, isn’t normal. Living with some sort of pain has become normal.
Not being able to effortlessly walk down stairs is normal.
Having to take the day off from work after a weekend hike is normal.
Needing help carrying groceries inside is normal.
Icing your lower back after a morning in the garden is normal.
Missing full range of motion is normal.
Not being able to stabilize your spine is normal.
Not knowing how to do a real push up is normal.
Fueling your body with fake foods is normal.
You only get one chance with this body, why would you put crap in it? Because that’s normal.
Don’t be normal.
Pursue strength as a skill. Spend time doing maintenance on your body. Move more and treat yourself like the fascinating piece of machinery that you are. Be respectful in how you fuel your body.
Going through life without a care about your physical being is normal. Don’t be normal – fight off aging, feel your best and don’t let anything slow you down.
Don’t be that person that says “what till you’re –insert age here-.”
Guess what? You don’t have to be like that you’re that age.
Passionately fight against the norm now and take care of yourself. Make it a priority, a sustainable practice you can do forever.
Put the work in now, even if it seems strange to your friend and peers. They are probably normal, anyway.