Does your training support your lifestyle? Are you strong enough to handle the challenges that life throws at you? Can you handle the study or work stress? Can you carry all your groceries in one trip? Seriously though, Training should support your lifestyle. If you are an athlete your lifestyle is your sport, If you are a student athlete your lifestyle is your studies and sport. Your training must support and improve your ability to do the things you do every day. If you play rugby the majority of your training is directed at transferring to your rugby performance. If you work an office job and do triathlons, then your training should prepare you for your triathlons, allow you to recover well enough from the training, handle the demands of your job and other elements of your lifestyle. If you are an older person. Your training should help you keep your movement, health and quality of life. You need to stay mobile and healthy for as long as possible. This concept is especially important for later in life, but you have to work on this now already. More about this here. For older people balance, getting up from the ground and being able to handle falls is very important to health and longevity.
Your training should also help you handle the mental and emotional challenges that life brings. A healthy body leads to a healthy mind. Through training we teach ourselves to deal with stress and discomfort and to push through the difficult situations. I use the term training very loosely, it doesn’t have to be a set session. It is things that you do throughout the day to improve your mobility. It’s the practices you cultivate to be better. Let’s call it your movement practice. Are the movements you practice daily, weekly making you more equipped to handle your lifestyle. It can be as simple as sitting on the ground or as difficult as lifting weights.
The actual question then is, is your lifestyle making you stronger or weaker to handle life?
· Is what you are doing day in and day out making you better?
· Are you maintaining or improving your mobility?
· Are you getting stronger?
· Are you learning new things?
· Does your eating habits align with your goals?
There are simple habits that you can build to improve your quality of life now and for the future. To do this though you must put in effort
· Be able to sit in a full squat.
This is actually a rest position, an ability that all young children have but most people lose as they get older. To do this you need mobility in your ankles, knees and hips.
· Sit down and get up from the ground.
Sounds simple but many older people struggle with this it’s something that you lose without even noticing. Can your parents or grandparents sit on the ground and get up without help? The biggest and most common injuries in elderly people come from falling.
Can you balance on one leg? How long and can you do it with closed eyes. Balance is an important part of movement and coordination. It is important part of athleticism and it ties into the part mentioned above with not falling and breaking something.
So to bring everything together.
· Do things to get stronger
Lift heavy things carry stuff, do some manual labour, whatever
· Keep your heart and lungs healthy
Take walks, run, cycle, and swim or play a sport. Do stuff that gets you a bit out of breath. Don’t smoke.
· Eat good quality healthy food and drink water.
You are what you eat.
· Challenge your mind.
The most important thing to remember is this:
If you don’t use it you lose it! Maintain and improve what you have. Level Up!