I genuinely love boxing training and resistance training (kettlebells, barbells etc…). I jump out of bed in morning excited to go to boxing training. Some people may think this is crazy, but it is an activity I really enjoy.
But I don’t love all kinds of training. I am not a fan of long distance running or cycling. I’ll go for a long run every now and again because of the benefits it gives me, but its a grind. I have to drag myself out of bed, grudgingly lace up my runners and force myself through the first few km’s before I settle into it.
If you can find an activity you enjoy the battle is half won. You will no longer dread going training or find any excuse to skip it. Experiment with different sports and types of training. Join a club, train with a group or some friends. Don’t just do an activity because it is the flavor of the month or other people are doing it. Find something that you like, you may be surprised at what you enjoy.
Nothing feels better than when you set and reach goals in life Its no different in physical activity and training. Things like hitting a PR(lifting heavier weight, completing a run or circuit faster) or mastering a new technique leave you feeling fantastic and full of confidence.
One of the things I love about training is learning and progressing. It’s a fundamental part of being human. We constantly want to keep learning, both mentally and physically. When you keep progressing it keeps you interested and constantly wanting to keep improving. With boxing training I can measure my progress by learning new techniques or combinations, improving at sparring, being able to do more rounds etc… With resistance training it is easy to measure your progress. You can lift more weight, do more reps, shorten your rest periods etc…
If you are doing exercise where you are just grinding away each day and have no idea of whether you are improving or not, it wont keep you interested for long
This can be done on your own, or even better if its done through competition. Enter some fun runs, an obstacle race, a power lifting meet, Crossfit competition, amateur boxing/kickboxing etc… there are numerous sports and competitions to choose from. If you have a test or competition date set it creates a goal and makes it real. It gives you something to aim and work towards. It can keep you inline if you motivation starts to wane.
As we get older we need to get wiser about our training. Harder is not always better. Sometimes we need to take a step back and slow things down. Make sure to keep yourself injury free. This will allow you to stay consistent. If you go hard all the time, you will eventually end up injured and then you will be out of training for an extended period of time.
These days I spend more and more time on mobility and stretching. Focus on movement quality and being able to go through full range of motion pain free. At the end of the day this will have more long term benefit on your body than being able to lift more weight or run faster.
Incorporate the ‘5 Minute Flow’ into your workout. This is something I have taken from Max Shank. I have incorporated this into my daily routines and do it before every workout. You can see a sample of my routine in the video below. This varies depending on how I am feeling but the basics are the same.
Dont be afraid to get some massages and spoil yourself. Eat good nutritious food to help your repair and recover from your training. Dont insult your body by filling it up with crap.
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