9th May, 2019
Why do people write blogs? Why do people blogs about sports, fitness, and wellness? So why am I writing this blog, and why are you reading it? The answer is simple: We want to help people achieve their best results and we want to maximize the benefits of our hard work. To evoke the old expression, "train smarter, not harder", we all want to ensure our efforts pay off. Lately, I've been thinking about what I'm good at and how to share it widely. And about how starting a conversation might help me to learn more. A blog is a great tool not just for sharing information, but also for engaging like-minded people at all levels. Assuming I have something worth writing about, and you have something to add, let's get it started!
In this entry, I want to focus on the value of combining a good diet, an exercise plan, and recovery. Anyone who tells you they have a magic recipe, offers a sure-fire way to win, or a tries to sell you gadgets to ensure your success should be taken with a big grain of salt. At the end of the day, consistency is key. But if you fuel your body with high quality foods and supplements, follow a consistent training plan, and take time to relax and recuperate, positive results are sure to follow.
For example, I enjoy long distance running. Not that running is an absolute necessity, or that great fitness results can't be achieved through other means, but I have found that mixing a set schedule for speedwork, long slow runs, and hill training helps me prepare for competitive racing. And in my mind, the fiercest competitor I face is myself. I take pride in achieving new Personal Bests at running segments and set distances (e.g. 5k, 10k, half-marathons). I use a GPS watch and an app on my phone to keep track of my results, and I have a running resume on sportstats that shows me my race results going all the way back to my first runs in the early 2000s. I buy the gear I need but don't spend a ton of money on fancy stuff, and I try to connect with other runners both online and in real life to help maintain my motivation. My last big race was the A1A half-marathon in Fort Lauderdale, Florida in February 2019. It wasn't my fastest race, and I didn't win any awards or special recognition, but I am proud of the result I achieved despite the shock of trying to race in 30 degree heat when all the training I did was in a much colder climate in Toronto. And I got a nice finishers medal hanging on my wall to show for it. Because we all like shiny race hardware, right?
Even if running is not your chosen athletic pursuit, the same basic principles apply to soccer. As this blog progresses, I hope to share a few stories about challenges faced, goals achieved, and how exercise and fitness contribute to a healthy state of being. And I hope to hear comments about what works for you. Thanks for reading so far, and I am looking forward to sharing more soon.
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