Yesterday was a non-training day. However, I felt the need to do some physical activity and decided to “go for a walk”. I had two choices: walk along the beach or take the hills. I chose the hills, which at the top offer a panoramic view of the beach and the Santa Monica Bay. Catalina Island was also visible yesterday.
I re-booted my fitness regimen 4 years ago. Before the re-boot, the steepest part of the hill climb would cause a dramatic rise in heart rate and breathing, and sometimes the need for a short break before continuing.
Yesterday, the hill looked just as steep, but my legs welcomed the challenge. My heart rate and breathing increased only slightly and my pace didn’t slow. No need for any kind of rest.
I had done the hill climb another time after the re-boot, too. On that occasion, I decided to do multiple sprints up the hill, since walking it wasn’t the challenge it used to be. Yesterday, I didn’t do the sprints, but I decided instead to do additional walking climbs and descents at the steepest part after I finished the full walk. The additional climbs and descents had a twist: I did them backwards.
The physical activity was great. The cool air was invigorating. And the reminders of the progress I’ve made fitness-wise were great, too. When it comes to physical activity and exercise, challenge yourself. Make progress. And enjoy the process and the results.
So, what did I do for physical activity yesterday? It was a day off from training, so I went for a walk.
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At 52, after years of enjoying good health, Robert was challenged when a visit to the doctor’s office revealed his health profile had changed and he was no longer the emblem of health he had been. That alarm, that wake-up call, that unprecedented need to lose body fat and the doctor’s statement “You’re not getting any younger” ignited something within him.
Robert was challenged for the first time with the need to lose weight and re-boot his commitment to fitness or be at risk for potentially serious health issues.
He refused to accept age alone as the determining factor of his health going forward.
Fitness became such a priority and passion that working out was no longer enough. He began studying and learning as much as his could about fitness, nutrition, and wellness. His appetite for learning led him to earn four certifications: Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist from the National Strength and Conditioning Association, Certified Personal Trainer from the National Council on Strength and Fitness, Certified Specialist in Fitness Nutrition from the International Sports Sciences Association, and Certified Wellness Coach from Spencer Institute, an affiliate of the National Exercise and Sports Trainers Association. He has also recently taken additional course work in Sport and Exercise Psychology at California State University. To learn more about Robert’s certifications, click here.
His law school education (Juris Doctor, Southern Methodist University) and his experience as an attorney distinguish him with analytical skills, which he now applies to his study and work in health, fitness and wellness. While still in his teens, Robert progressed from Student Pilot to Certified Flight Instructor. Later, he became a professional jet pilot. In the fitness realm, he has been a training client and is now a trainer with multiple fitness certifications. All of this gives him unique perspective as both teacher and student, and as both trainer and client. To Robert, learning is a lifelong process.
Robert’s latest book is the health/fitness how to book, Age Re-Defined.
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