The Competition for a Healthier Lifestyle

As I sit here at the playground watching my daughter play, I have an urge to go over to the pull up bar to get a quick workout in.  I’m not quite sure if that urge to workout will ever end, but I think at some point in my life I won’t think about training quite as much.

Over the course of the last few weeks, I have been thinking about the different stages of training in our life.  As I’m nearing my mid 40s, I still set goals and create training plans to stay on track. I can’t do the things that I used to do and there’s no turning back the time, but that still doesn’t mean I can’t train to be a better athlete and to be a healthier person.

Why have I been thinking about training so much lately?  Well, I am sore all the time, and I don’t remember being this sore when I was a collegiate athlete. When I was in my mid to late 20s, I don’t think I ever trained hard enough to be as sore as I am now.  That is why it has been on my mind.

Back to the park bench at the playground… as I watch two men probably in their late 50s or early 60s jogging on a nearby trail. It makes me wonder what training in the next 20 years will look like. For me, I have a feeling it will be less mileage, less soreness and more of an emphasis on health and well-being.

Ultimately, that’s my point for today’s writing. Many high school or college athletes started and continued in athletics because they liked to compete. Heck, I still like to compete. But, the later you get in life it’s more about staying active and fit. There will still be opportunities to compete against others, but you are really competing for a healthier lifestyle.

It’s never too late to get going and train for a healthier you. So, go lace up those shoes, put on your goggles or pick up a tennis racket. The ultimate goal is to be as healthy as long as you can be. That is the final competition in life.

Chris Hardie is the Head Men’s and Women’s Cross Country Coach at Waynesburg University.  You can follow him on Twitter @Coach_Hardie_WU or follow the team on Facebook at Waynesburg University Cross Country.

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