"I'm just walking right now. Hey, it's better than nothing!"
I guess I can agree with that but barely.
Walking will make you better at walking and that's something we all need to be able to do but it's just a very small piece of what a functional life looks like.
Whenever I hear something similar to the above quote my heart breaks for a couple reasons.
You're life requires more
While exercising to look good or lose 20 lbs are valid goals those are not the entire picture of why you need more than walking. Your life requires you to be functional, and walking will not make you better at those things (Nor will running for that matter.) Things like:
- Picking up your kids/grandkids
- Putting a heavy bowl up on a high shelf
- Pushing a wheelbarrow full of gravel during your summer landscape project
- Getting up off the toilet by yourself when you're 80
Being capable of doing those things without assistance tells me you probably have a high quality of life. Doing exercise comprised mainly of non-functional movements won't help you do those things. If you're young being able to do those things now doesn't guarantee you'll be able them as you get older.
A broad and inclusive fitness functions as a hedge against decrepitude. Put another way, think of your quality of life on a continuum. On one end you are riddled with chronic disease and are bedridden. The other end you are in the best shape of your life and you can go anywhere and do anything you please no matter your age. We'd label that last stage Fitness.
The more fitness you have the longer you'll stay away from being unable to care for yourself. We get this kind of fitness through training with functional movements like the squat, deadlift and press.
While it's not possible to live forever you can live an active independent life until your body just decides to be done. We are not condemned to chronic disease and a life filled with taking pills and shuffling around the house using a walker with tennis balls on its feet.
You deserve better
Not only does your life require more out of you, but you deserve more. You deserve to have abundant energy, low levels of stress, and a fun life full of adventure because you can.
The attitude of "it's better than nothing" saddens me. You are an amazing human being capable of so much more and you've relegated yourself to a fraction of that. This tells me you don't care enough about yourself or the people that care about you to do more.
You don't have to train with us to improve your life but you do have to deadlift, squat, press, jump, etc. If you don't know how to do those things you need to learn.
In case you didn't know, we teach those things.
View the cost of learning those things as an investment in your health. It will save you money in the long run that you don't have to spend on prescription drugs and a nursing home.
Now go live better.