Is I have said so often, what we believe controls our destiny, but we must also be realistic about how we go ABOUT achieving our goals. I use the phrase “we pay for our sins” frequently, and by this I mean our past can often catch up with us.
After years of rugby, and all the abuse I took as a police officer including being hit in several car accidents, I know have arthritis in my knees and shoulders as well as degenerated discs in my back. Now, for many this would be a reason to simply give up on fitness. I say, “not so fast!” The key is to simply train smarter!
I no longer train as heavy as I once did. First, I have no need, and secondly I would still like to be able to use my arms and shoulders as I continue to get older. This however, does not mean I don’t still train! I simply work my muscles in a way that yields results but doesn’t put as much wear and tear on me.
Let’s take chest for an example. Heavy benching is out, but I still do this movement but to a lesser degree. I will train using lighter weights, and use techniques like Super Slow Training to continue to grow. This technique has you take 4 seconds during the pressing phase of the lift, and 10 seconds during the negative or lowering phase of the lift. A word of caution here, if you decide to add this into a routine, lighten the load, and I mean by a lot! It is very challenging, and produces great results.
Again, I have decreased running, but do cardio through walking at an incline on the treadmill, and practicing combat moves using a heavy bag, and using other techniques. While I will never be a runner again, it doesn’t mean I cannot stay in shape.
If you are someone that suffers from an old injury or simple wear and tear on your body has made things difficult, do not give up on your dream of staying fit. Again, plan, plan, plan, and look into alternative methods to achieve the results you want.
Knee problems? Biking or an elliptical may be the answer. Again, if you have the desire, there is an answer if you look hard enough. It is imperative however to do some homework and find it!
Never give up on your goals, just train smarter when working to achieve them. You DO control your destiny! Take control of your life and seek the answers for YOUR success!