2014 is going to shape up to be a pretty weak year in the fitness arena. In the past few year, I've been driven by short to intermediate term goals (such as running an ultra-marathon, doing a double bodyweight deadlift, etc). Most of the time I achieve the goal, feel a sense of accomplishment, learn a thing or two along the way and move on to the next thing.
If I had ever felt aches or pains during the "goal achievement" process, I ignored them or worked around them. I've had shin splints, my knees have bugged me here or there, and my elbows are always an issue to some degree or another, but none of those aches or pains ever deterred me from my goals, and in the scheme of things, they were never too big a deal.
But in the last year, I've started to think about getting old. Instead of fighting the aging process by ignoring aches, I have shifted to obsessing about them. I worry about whether or not the things I do now will do permanent damage to my body in the future. Which means I tend to worry a lot and do a lot less.
I'm still working out nearly every day, but the intensity and duration is a lot lower and I'm not really progressing at anything. I've basically wasted this year. I believe in the power of compounding in every aspect of life. For example, if you do pushups every day and improve a very tiny bit each day, you will be able to do a lot more in a year. But I've not stuck with anything long enough to get any benefit from compounding.
I have a lot of mixed emotions about this aging issue. I don't feel old, and I don't really act like I'm old, but shifting from ignoring the future to trying to intelligently prepare for it (at least from a physical perspective) is a different mindset. Sometimes I think, "screw it" and I'll just push my body as far as it will go and either worry about it in a few years, or have some surgery to fix what I screwed up, etc. But then I see someone my age hobbling around for some reason or another and I tell myself I just want to be healthy and I don't want to force myself into that position.
So what am I doing? I'm sort of looking for a new challenge to shake off this funk and start accomplishing new goals. And I'm sort of looking for a "lifelong" fitness approach and just giving up and preparing for old age. Obviously two very conflicted approaches, thus I find myself stuck in the middle going nowhere.
I suppose the actual answer is to do stuff like lose 10 pounds through an intelligent diet approach, focus more on pre-hab and rehab of aches and pains and at the same time find some new fitness goal to give me some motivation. I'm spending a lot of time on the last item, and pretty much ignoring the first two.
I guess I don't totally suck yet. This was a super easy bodyweight front squat I did a couple of weeks ago. At least my flexibility has improved in the past year.
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