For many years now, the interwebz have been host to war. A war between the different camps of fitness.
Whether its the functional movement folks, the bodybuilders, the athletes, the list goes on and on as to how many groups want to exclaim how much better their form of training is compared to others.
At the end of the day though, all that matters is that you enjoy what you do.
Sure, training might be a pain in the ass sometimes, but it’s the consistency that matters. And to be consistent you need to enjoy what you’re doing to one degree or another.
Now it may be that the enjoyment you pull from your training has nothing to do with the actual training you’re doing at the moment, but more so the effect you know that training is going to have on other aspects of your life. Maybe working out will make you better at playing soccer every Wednesday with your buddies, or maybe you love taking 4-hour hikes up mountainsides and meditating while looking over the world. For those online geeks and workers such as myself, training your body will help keep your mind sharp and help you stay healthy and looking great when hours of hunched over computer work and gaming tries to scrunch you up into an Igor looking figure.
Whatever your reasons, training can be of huge benefit to pretty much any endeavor you hope to embark on. Ideally, finding simple pleasure in moving your body as nature intended, exploring every nook and cranny of this meat bag that we inhabit would bring everyone the joy they required to move around. But many don’t find this reasoning attractive, so focusing on the others is best, unless you happen to be one of the lucky few who simply love to move.
Remember that there is no end to training your body, just as there is no end to training your mind. There is always more to learn, more to explore, more to do. That is what makes life so exciting, its all magic.
Being able to think, and move and dance and lift and go crazy is a gift we all take for granted daily, so learn to appreciate it a bit more and treat your body with the respect it deserves.
Otherwise, it’ll kick your ass to the curb when you need it most.