Wednesday, July 7, 2021

Have you Tested Your Body?

Mt. Sugarloaf is a mountain I last climbed 10 years ago. I remember at the time that, while the climb was difficult, it wasn't that uncomfortable as it was fairly similar in feeling as the Stairmaster that I was doing 2-4 times a week at the gym.

Fast forward 10 years, I'm now older and not as fit as I used to be and I thought the climb would be as easy as the last time. After all, even though I wasn't going to the gym anymore (due to Covid) I was still working out at home. Lifting weights, doing cardio ... it's all the same as the gym so I thought.

Boy was I wrong...

The climb was difficult and it was made evident to me that my home workout wasn't as difficult I was making it out to be. During the climb, there was a guy that looked at me and said "We're not in our 20s anymore" to which I agreed but age is only part of my problem here. I fully believe that if I would of trained properly the climb would of been easier.

It was a test and I failed...

Is it possible to do as good of a workout at home as you would do in a gym? I think so but, for me, the gym provided a better structure than my home situation allows. When I went to the gym, it was 2-3 hours fully focused on the exercise at hand and at home... well I focus on it 30 minutes and then I get a phone call or the dog wants to get outside or I don't have the proper equipment or...or... Basically all of this, over time, put me in this predicament that I don't want to be in.

It's important to me that my body doesn't get in the way when doing physically demanding activities even if said activities can be few and far in-between. This climb was a wonderful way to make evident the changes I need to make in my home routines. I can see an end to this Pandemic and I can't wait to get back on the gym grind.

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