I’ve gone through many fitness phases in my life. With each phase I was either in better or worse ‘shape’. I was fit, or I was not.
As a high school student-athlete it was all about performance. Could I last through a game and or event without losing my edge. Could I out perform the person next to me or beat my competitor.
Post high school and in college, I fell down that ladder mostly due to the fact I wasn’t participating in any organized sports. I simply exercised and ‘worked-out’ whenever I had the chance. Which in those days was few and far between. I was ‘in-shape’ by measuring how I looked. Did I have those ‘love-handles’. How did I look in a tank-top?
Over the last 10yrs or so it was simply a hobby. A hobby which I never had time for. My career took so many turns, and hit so many stops that the gym and exercising simply became a topic of conversation, and not an activity. I measure how fit I was by comparing myself to the extreme. If I didn’t weigh 250lbs, and didn’t look over weight, than I figured I was doing OK.
I exercised initially to get BIG. The older I have gotten, my thought process has definitely changed. I now simply want to have a good cardiovascular resistance and of course not be embarrassed to have my shirt off at the beach.
I measure my degree of fitness by what I can or cannot do at the gym. Did I lift that amount of weight last week? Did I run that far or that fast last week?
Well I had an epiphany yesterday while working around the house.
Every year like most home owners, we have to tidy-up the curb appeal of our house. You know, trim the bushes around your house and/or property. Keep the lawn trimmed, and mulch the trimmings of your lawn. Whether that be around your trees, bushes, landscaping, etc.
This is our third year in this house. The first year we did this activity, we simply trimmed the bushes, gave the usual face lift around the perimeter of the house. It took us almost the entire weekend. A good day and a half.
Last year we became a lil more efficient at the duty and I think we finished the job in one day.
Yesterday we did the face lift, trimming, raking, cleaning, a lil weeding and then cut the lawn with our usual trimming, weed whacking, etc . And we completed everything in less than 4 hours!
It was almost a slap in the face! WOW. I could only attribute it to two things. We of course have become more efficient at the task. But secondly our fitness level DEFINTELY improved and assisted in the overall performance. I of course feel better these days, and my wife has been also exercising more often.
I joking told my wife yesterday that we have finally reaped the benefits of being more fit, and our exercising habits have finally paid off!
So how do measure your fitness?
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