Can you survive in the world without the crutches we have given ourselves? Our culture of convenience has adapted us to be more fragile, unable to do things and movements without adequate preparation, footwear, clothing, etc.
I can’t function without breakfast.
I can’t run without my super cushioned running shoes.
These are all excuses!
Have you ever tried to go for a run on an empty stomach? Did you die? No! It might not have been the best run, you might have felt a bit flat and sluggish but you survived. Guess what? When all you ever do is be adequately fed, then that becomes your body’s normal. It’s all you can handle. Training fasted might not be an optimal approach, but doing it once in a while is a resilient approach.
It is summer now and the temperatures are soaring on the excessive side of 30, and I hear countless people say, “I can’t function in this heat. I can’t train in this heat!” Hell, I’ve even said it. Then I had to check myself for being a bit of a snowflake, of being scared to melt in the heat. I’m not saying go sprint hills at mid-day without any water and get heat stroke. I am saying don’t let the weather make you fragile. It will be warm in summer and you won’t always have air con to save you.
It’s also going to be cold in winter - can you deal with that? If we live in this little defined box with perfectly controlled temperature, optimal nutrition conditions, the right moisture wicking clothing and ultra-cloud cushioning shoes, we won’t be able to handle any deviation from that when we are forced to. The more time you spend in that box the weaker you get. That box is called a COMFORT ZONE. It does not take lots of discomfort and suffering to make you a more durable and resilient person. Only small regulated controlled doses, but you do need it and you need it regularly. We like safety and comfort but as the saying goes: soft lands make soft people.
All great conquering nations came from pretty shitty places that were tough and resilient, travelled to places where there were soft people who were comfortable, fucked them up and took their shit. Training is where you find those small doses of discomfort. It can be lifting weights, hill sprints, a tough run or hitting a punching bag but, pushing yourself to that uncomfortable place starts with your training and grows from there.
Can you push yourself to do that extra hill sprint?
Can you go without a meal?
Can you go without coffee?
Can you live without crutches?
Go beyond your limitations be ANTIFRAGILE