I was honored to be interviewed by Nikki Stone of WILK, for Veterans Day and my book, “War Springs Eternal.”
In case you missed it and would like to listen, just click, or copy and paste, the below link and then press the play button at the bottom.
“…. to go into a cold gym takes a lot of discipline, boy, I’ll tell ya. … I never liked to exercise, but I like results.” Jack LaLanne
“One can exist for an indefinite period without exercise, but one cannot really and truly live without it.” Bernarr MacFadden
I was reading on one of the many Facebook pages I belong to and someone was asking about not feeling up to a workout. Some
of the responses suggested that workouts must be fun. As I read them I had to ask myself two questions:
Are my workouts fun? Do they need to be?
My exercise routine is spit into two portions:
Strength training, in which I use weight lifting.
Endurance training, in which I use a combination of jogging, sprints and rope skipping.
Yes, I will admit that there is something exhilarating about pitting myself against cold, unyielding iron. I look forward to my mornings in the gym. If I am pressed for time, I always get in some sort of weight training. While I do relish weightlifting, I’m not sure if the word fun would be an apt descriptor.
When it comes to jogging; I like the the time alone, free from distractions, outside enjoying the weather, but do I have fun? Not really. I am not even sure I even enjoy the activity itself. I am not really built for running, either physically or mentally, but because of the results I attain, I get out there and I do it.
I am not sure if fun should be part of the criteria for going out and exercising or even in the choice of a particular exercise. I pick and chose my routine for the results I am going to achieve. When I am bulking up and adding strength, my weight training is slower and the weights I use are much heavier. I still jog, but I cover less distance and I do it at a much slower pace. When I a leaning out, I decrease the poundage and I move much quicker. I cover more distance when I jog, I do it at a faster pace and I include rope skipping and sprints.
No matter what my particular goal is, I always include both progressive resistance and endurance training. They both contribute to the overall result I am looking to achieve.
Is fun important? I guess it could be, but it isn’t a requirement. Exercise should be done to improve the overall quality of life. While I don’t really consider my exercise routine fun, it makes much of the other activities that I engage in much more fun. When I was in Chiropractic school I spent hours upon hours studying for classes, quizzes, exams and boards. Did I have fun during all that study time? I would have to say no, but it was necessary to achieve my goal. I look at exercise much the same way. My goal in regards to exercise is not to have fun during my exercise time; it is to achieve an improved level of fitness. The fun is in the results —
-because I am fit, I am able to hike longer and more difficult trails.
-because I am fit, I am able to participate more actively in beach and ocean activities
-because I am fit, I am able to live every aspect of my life much fuller and with much greater joy.
So, is fun a requirement when it comes to choosing an exercise routine? Perhaps to some, but it wasn’t to Jack LaLanne and it really isn’t to me. I am much more concerned with the results of the exercises I pick. Taking into account travel to the track, then to the gym, showering and dressing — only about ninety minutes of my day is focused on exercise. While fun is nice; I prefer effectiveness, which in turn improves the quality of the remaining twenty-two and a half hours (and, yes, I sleep better because of exercise) of my day.
• My sponsors, Mark Leffler for providing the bicycle. Ed Charney, of Charney Farms, for providing the swim gear. Racquel Hettesheimer, of Tailored Kneads, for providing therapeutic massage. Dr. Adriene Zulkoski for Chiropractic needs. Mary Ann, Nicole, Jennie, Kim, Nicole, Nicole, Nicole and Shawn who donated via GoFundMe. Patient Amanda Reardon who wanted to contribute the entry fee to the latest triathlon. I’ve been treating Mandy since she was fourteen years old, I am grateful, because she is much more than simply one of my first patients nearly a quarter century ago, she is a close friend who entrusted the care of her family to me; so for more than the fee, but for that trust I am eternally grateful.
• Each and every person on social media and my blog. Your thumbs ups, words of encouragement and reassurance have been a big help along the way. And you wouldn’t allow me to quit on myself.
Last triathlon, at least I think so, for 2021 tomorrow..
Bag is packed, gear is ready.
Alarm(s) are set.
For tomorrow’s post race celebration two bottles of Kona Brewing Company’s Longboard Lager is chillin in the fridge along with 5 hard boiled eggs, 2 for dinner with my salad later and 3 for breakfast tomorrow morning.
Honestly, it is hard to believe that looking back a year and a half ago when I was tipping the scales at 375 pounds that tomorrow I will be participating in a 3rd triathlon in 4 months.
The low carb lifestyle can make such a difference in health, wellness, fitness, mental energy and living a better life. Aloha and Mahalo to everyone of you who hav been here for the ride. I did not do this alone, and these achievements are not mine alone, you all share in them and each of you will be with me during each phase of the triathlon.
When I see an a pic from a mere 18 months ago, sometimes, I find it hard to believe where I was and where I now am. I had some serious doubt about ever dropping all that weight, and I never imagined I would one day call myself a triathlete. A big shoutout to David Michener who not only, with his team of volunteers, put on a fantastic event; was kind enough to send me the STEELMAN tee-shirt I forgot to pickup on race day.