When Is It Too Much?

We have so much available to us in today’s world that’s it’s often difficult to decide what we should be doing. This is very evident in the fitness industry. There’s new gadgets coming on the market on a daily basis and each year we see trends towards new and exciting fitness programs. Just look at the growth of Crossfit. I remember first learning about the program back in 2004 when there was only a handful of Crossfit gyms and now there’s well over 10,000 affiliates. The Crossfit games have grown from a backyard competition to a global sport that has changed the fitness industry.

Another sport which is rapidly changing is running races. We still have the local 5 & 10km events but more and more people are interested in Mud Runs or Obstacle Races such as Tough Mudder or Spartan Race. Just like Crossfit, these events have world championships, professional athletes and equipment specifically designed for the athletes. Next on the list is fun runs which have exploded, such as the Zombie runs, Wipeout run or Colour Me Rad to name a few.

We live in a rapidly changing world and it’s often difficult to decide on exactly what we want to experience. Personally, I enjoy training with strongman style movements so I program strongman style workouts for myself because I see the value it brings to Obstacle Racing. Train heavy and all the tasks in a Spartan race are easy compared to a 400 pound tire flip or a 200 pound sled pull. I also love olympic style weightlifting and trail running but I have the body of an endurance athlete. It wouldn’t make much sense for me to become a competitive weightlifter lifter, however a phase of power lifting would benefit my chosen sport of Obstacle Racing.
I get it. It’s difficult to decide on what you should do when you are wanting to start a fitness program. The variety often paralyzes people and in the end the only decision they make is to do nothing.

The purpose of this post is to help you make a decision so that you can get on the fitness train rather than watching it pass by from the comfort of the station.

Perhaps you aren’t sure what you should do. I understand. What I recommend is that you start doing what you are drawn to today and continue doing that until you want more. Perhaps you start on the treadmill walking 1 mile every second day. That’s great, because it’s better than doing nothing and the added walking will make you feel better. Maybe you want to start with Zumba or Yoga or Crossfit. Fantastic! Just get started and don’t look back.

On the way, you will meet some great people who share similar stories and goals as you. As time goes on, you will find things that you like and things that you hate, that’s normal. Everyone goes through the same process.

If you commit to starting, and continue on taking one step after another you will look back 1 year from now and be amazed at where you have come. Along the way, maybe you will come out of your shell and learn to love the training that you are doing. Perfect! Keep going.

The point is that if you keep waiting for the perfect time, the perfect weather, the perfect coach, the perfect workout clothes, or the perfect workout buddy, you may be years down a path that you didn’t want to be on.

Just-Get-Started and amazing things will happen for you. I promise. I was there, and now my life is better for hopping on the train because in the process I’ve done things, met people and traveled to places I never thought were possible.

Anything is possible for you. YouTube and Facebook is full of examples of other people just like you who started by placing one foot in front of the other, stepping outside of their comfort zone and taking a chance. If they can do it, so can you.

I’d love to hear about how you got started on your journey towards health or sport performance. Send me your stories to karlmacphee@mac.com or comment below and I will share them in future posts. Your story may be the catalyst for someone else to start their journey.

Wouldn’t it feel great to make a difference in someone else’s life?

I think it would.

Until next time…

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