You only get ONE

This guy probably didn't have bicep curl machines or leg extensions, how'd he get so buff?

 

I got this from Mike Boyle who got it from someone else. 

It’s a great way to think of what our body actual is, even though the other saying is corny, it’s also true “our body is a temple.” 

Your body is a reflection of what you do, who you are and what you think about yourself.  I am trained to observe people to find out muscle imbalances, much of this has to do with what you do all day, which for most people is ….dun dun dun SIT. This is reflected with tight muscles in the front and long weak muscles in the back. Carry yourself with good posture and confidence, exercise your body so your mind won’t go crazy and get some quality fuel in everyday to keep you feeling clean and positive. That was a lot of “and’s” in that sentence but do it and read the excerpt below: 

One Body 

Imagine you are sixteen years old and your parents give you your first car. They also give you simple instructions. There is one small hitch, you only get one car, you can never get another. Never. No trade-ins, no trade-ups. Nothing 

Ask yourself how would you maintain that car? My guess is you would be meticulous. Frequent oil changes, proper fuel, etc. Now imagine if your parents also told you that none of the replacement parts for this car would ever work as well as the original parts. Not only that, the replacement parts would be expensive to install and cause you to have decreased use of your car for the rest of the cars useful life? In other words, the car would continue to run but, not at the same speed and with the efficiency you were used to. 

Wow, now would we ever put a lot of time and effort into maintenance if that were the case. 

After reading the above example ask yourself another question. Why is the human body different? Why do we act as if we don’t care about the one body we were given. Same deal. You only get one body. No returns or trade-ins. Sure, we can replace parts but boy it’s a lot of work and it hurts. Besides, the stuff they put in never works as well as the original “factory” parts. The replacement knee or hip doesn’t give you the same feel and performance as the original part. 

Think about it. One body. You determine the mileage? You set the maintenance plan? 

No refunds, no warranties, no do-overs? 

How about this perspective? One of my clients is a very successful businessman. He often is asked to speak to various groups. One thing he tells every group is that you are going to spend time and money on your health. The truth is the process can be a proactive one or a reactive one. Money spent on your health can take the form of a personal trainer, massage therapist and a gym membership or, it can be money spent on cardiologists, anesthesiologists, and plastic surgeons. Either way, you will spend money. 

Same goes for time. You can go to the gym or, to the doctors office. It’s up to you. Either way, you will spend time. Some people say things like “I hate to work out”. Try sitting in the emergency room for a few hours and then get back to me. Working out may not seem so bad. Much like a car, a little preventative maintenance can go a long way. However, in so many ways the body is better than a car. With some good hard work you can turn back the odometer on the body. I wrote an article a while back ( Strength Training- The Fountain of Youth) that discussed a study done by McMaster University which showed that muscle tissue of older subjects actually changed at the cellular level and looked more like the younger control subjects after strength training. 

Do me a favor, spend some time on preventative maintenance, it beats the heck out of the alternative. Just remember, you will spend both time and money. 

Mike Boyle
http://www.FunctionalStrengthCoach3.com

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About MaxOut Performance Fitness
Sergio Maldonado is a Sports Performance and Fitness Coach in the San Francisco Bay Area. He strives to be the best at what he does through training, professional development courses, and practice. The purpose of this blog is to get out some of the knowledge that he obtains to better help others in their pursuits towards fitness and a better life.

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