One of my favorite childhood fables is the tortoise and the hare. The enthusiastic hare sprints ahead, overly confident he will win. He falls asleep and when he wakes up, the tortoise is across the finish line. What is the moral of the story?
Consistent progress wins the race. The key to longevity is smart, healthy habitsover time.
Tortoises are a symbol of longevity in some cultures. Did you know the oldest, documented living tortoise is 183 years old! His name is Jonathon and he must be eating his nutrient-dense foods!
As I get older, my goals are changing. I want lasting results. I don’t need to run a 5-minute mile or join the 500 lb squat club.
In fact, overexerting yourself beyond your capability can cause serious long term consequences.
As a Physical Therapist, I evaluate and treat many patients with injuries related to extreme workout routines.
While it’s fun to participate in communities that promote these high intensity workouts, it’s not worth the back herniations or stress fractures.
The body needs to build a strong foundation of movement control, flexibility, and strength before placing these intense loads on the body.
Once these foundations are built, you can start swinging kettlebells and jumping off boxes.
I need my body to last so I can pick up my great-grandchildren and sit without pain while instagramming on my iPhone 20 S!
Are you the tortoise or the hare?
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