"No man has the right to be an amateur in the matter of physical training. It is a shame for a man to grow old without seeing the beauty and strength of which his body is capable." - Socrates
Ever since birth, I have always been running around and staying physically active. From playing Soccer and Tennis, up until the end of high school, to getting into bodybuilding during college. I use fitness as an outlet for stress and building confidence; I always put 100% into my workouts. When I was in college, I designed my workout plans based on my school schedule and changed the workouts every two weeks to confuse my body for maximizing growth.
When I graduated college, I became more aware of my diet due to my metabolism slowing down as I became older. After realizing that diet is key to fitness success, I cut down completely on alcohol, soda, chocolates, etc. My body needed to be at 100% at all times to keep up with the high energy demand in business. My business life and fitness life go hand-in-hand. If my fitness has been accomplished for that day then most likely business that day will go much better.
I hired a trainer to constantly challenge me physically and make sure I conduct exercise with proper form to help maximize my growth even further. My trainer, John Yule, increased my awareness in taking more rest and implementing more cardio in my routines. Being addicted to the weight room, I tend to overtrain my body to the point of sickness. I didn't realize how important resting was for the body and noticed most of my growth came from when I rested and put the right nutrients in my body. My trainer, John, makes sure I am always resting when I'm supposed to be, to ensure that I keep my immune system strong, which in turn allows me to stay focused and energized for my business life. The National Guard and my trainer both emphasize putting cardio into my workouts as cardio helps keep the heart healthy and the body flexible. I tend to run at least 6 miles a week to make sure that I can run with the muscle I build.
On my rest days, I enjoy going golfing, kayaking, skeet shooting or anything else that brings me joy in life. Fitness will continue to be a huge part of my life until the day I die. I hope to help our future generations understand the importance of fitness as we as a society keep progressing into a less physically demanding world. Another main benefit of physical activities is that it decreases the risk of heart disease, the leading cause of death in America. Additionally, it can decrease your risk of stroke, colon cancer, diabetes and high blood pressure. Regular exercise has been associated with fewer visits to the doctor, hospitals, and reduced usage of medication. Exercising does not have to be something boring and dreaded. It can be something that you enjoy that helps to increase the overall happiness in your life, as well as relieve symptoms of stress, depression and anxiety.