This lent, when Easter came around, I was surprised at how well I felt physically with the fasting and exercise; I also was excited to continue on to a long term goal of getting my weight to the level when I played college football. Alas, I love food, and as you age, aside from moving each day, the diet and nutrition play a more significant part in your healthy life than probably the exercise itself. At least that is what I have found.
I have also found you can sprint at age 57, but you will be nowhere near as fast as you were when you were an elite athlete. the body does remember and wonders, "why haven't you taken me out to my limits in so many years?"
I have about 20 lbs. To go to hit my goal. And in 5 weeks I will be having a two-week break, so I happened to be getting a coffee and saw a nutrition store and walked in. When I saw all the various pills, proteins, amino's, and god knows what else. I thought to myself, "this is ridiculous to spend this money. I simply learn to eat less and healthier."
With that, I walked out of the door. If you are an elite athlete, I can see where all small edges lead to a significant gain. With the regular and average athlete, it is more a waste of money believing what notion companies are pushing, many times using athletes to endorse it. I loved the running back, Earl Campbell, when I was in college, but I have to say the dumbest habit I ever had was chewing tobacco. Earl was sponsored by my beloved Copenhagen, which in hindsight was no better than some opioid addiction. The company doesn't tell you about the dark side of its products.
Forgive my digression. So I am moving my exercise up to lunch, and it seems to be okay if I wake up at 5 am and start working. I tried to explain to someone why I was up early to pray, meditate, and brainstorm. My compatriots were late risers and didn't understand it. That is okay. What I have learned by a lot of trial and error in studying creativity and productivity is that a decent balances schedule of sleep, exercise, meditation, and nutrition will open up more time in your life because you have extra energy and stamina.
Why many in the united states don't' do this? I don't really know? Some don't like it, others might not get instant results and quit, others fill their lives with obligations and stuff to keep so busy that they forget about their priorities?
it is all a mystery, no?