There seems to be a growing tendency for the ‘all or none’ principle when it comes to exercise especially amongst the 40 something bloke. It feels like there is a ‘body transformation’ contest at every gym, every other month and whilst these can be good for a kick start, it is the long game that counts if you want to be doing fun stuff in to your latter years.

I suggest choosing activities and behaviour patterns that you have every chance of continuing for not just months but decades. After all no one ever got to old age in great shape from one 3 month go hard challenge. They got there from gradual progression, consistent application and enjoyment. Let’s face it, you are not going to stick with something you don’t enjoy.

I read an article about reputedly the world’s fittest guy who was an elite soldier and whose identity was a secret and all that. His words about his training regimen were surprising. Now this guy could run a 100km, bench press a small car and sprint a 100m in a spritely time. Basically he is able to do all the things humans are designed to do but rarely achieve in the fields of endurance, strength, power, speed, flexibility and agility. He said that whilst he can do things now that some people would think are extreme he always just trained to moderation and gradually built it up with out taking unnecessary risks to push his own personal limits. It was those risks that brought a lot of the guys around him down. Whilst they were recovering from injuries regularly incurred from macho posturing, he was able to continue plodding away [albeit impressive plodding!].

It is indeed an interesting concept and one worth thinking about when you are considering breaking that drought of exercise by joining the local cross fit gym. I have nothing against cross fit per se or bootcamps but you just have to lay a strong foundation before you do stuff like this.

Take a leaf out of our elite soldiers book and aim for small but consistent progress over time, you might be surprised where you end up.

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