Youth Is Wasted On the Young

September 16, 2014

I remember being a third-grader drawing up blueprints for a Hovering Snowmobile in the basement of my mother’s house after a snowstorm. I recall feverishly drawing sketches and working through “schematics”. The image of me barreling through snow capped backwoods became more vivid with each revision of the drawing. It would run on gasoline like a go kart and have a glass dome cabinet!

This memory is phenomenal to me for two reasons: 1) this hovercraft was not only inspiring and exciting to me, but also COMPLETELY realistic and feasible, and 2) the newly fallen snow that had me trapped indoors did not represent some winter burden to bear, but rather an inspiring opportunity for an 8-year old to change the world. It’s unimaginable to me that enthusiasm and optimism of that magnitude would be a transient state. That the day would come that I would actually have the time AND resources to act on such an idea, and yet do nothing about it.

The insights we can gain from this childish episode are tremendous. For one thing, we can see how a fresh set of eyes perceives our existence in this world: people can perform amazing feats and create just about anything. We can also see our default state of energy, and it’s ALL POTENTIAL! Left unadulterated, we are all in a constant state of readiness with two default commands online at all times:

Let’s do it! Let’s go!

So, what happens to all that good stuff? How come making my dreams come true in my twenties and thirties, when I have three decades of real world experience and relationships, two college degrees and more money than ever before, is no easier than when I was eight years old? It seems as if those default commands of “let’s do it” and “let’s go” have been intercepted by overriding commands of “seems infeasible” and “wait until it’s just right”.

This article is about overcoming procrastination by getting the minimum viable product out the door and “versioning up” from there. As it applies to fitness, the time is never right and conditions will never be ideal. If you are trying to start a running program, try this simple routine:

• Find a course no more than a quarter mile in distance
• Jog the course slowly 2-4 times (this should take about 6-12 minutes depending on your ability)
• Do a dynamic warm up of 15 squats, 16 walking lunges (8 left/8 right) and 16 side lunges (8 left/8 right)
• Run one lap of the course at about 75% of your maximum ability and time it
• Rest for the same amount of time that it took you to complete the one lap
• Run one lap of the course at 100% of your maximum ability and time it
• Rest for the same amount of time that it took you to complete the one lap
• Repeat for 5 more laps at maximum speed resting for the time it takes to do each lap before starting the next
• Jog the course slowly two times
• Stretch your hamstrings, quads, calves and glutes
• Drink one liter of water

This routine is about 35 minutes from start to finish. It is ideal to get things started or to give your program a jolt if you have been doing the same kind of cardio for ages. Comment and post questions below or e-mail me at info@strongevity.com for direct access. Until next time, keep yourself elevated.

In spirit and sport,
Mitch

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