2021 Day 4: Purpose

A workout should give you more than it takes out of you. – Pavel, Kettlebell Simple & Sinister

Before my mid-20s I barely knew what the gym looked like. And then something randomly clicked and I started working out all the damn time. It was like I was making up for lost effort after so many years of sitting around drinking sugary drinks and playing computer games for far too many hours.

My purpose for all the working out? I’m not quite sure. But it built up a level of confidence in my body that I never had before. I’ll take the confidence I gained over the minor overuse injury I sustained any day.

I do believe there is a better way, though.

Consistency. Simple, effective workouts that have a clear purpose. For me that purpose is general readiness and resilience.

I’m not trying to win anything. And for the most part I’m not competing against anyone else. But I do love to use my body. I mean, I was given this body from pure love so I feel it’s my duty to take care of it. And I love to do whatever I choose to do without getting easily injured. My workouts now are designed to build a resilient body, ensuring it is ready for whatever I decide to throw at it: a hike up a mountain, a random paddleboarding adventure, a 10 mile trail run, or a marathon evening of … darts? 😉

And this is way more fun than killing myself in the gym just because I have the luxury of doing so. I love working out, but there is a minimum effective dose and doing any more than that for my purpose is counter-intuitive. My workouts now are (mostly) designed to get me where I want to be in the shortest amount of time, giving me a boost of energy to tackle the rest of my day.

Background image original by Jesper Aggergaard on Unsplash.

Justin Langhorst @justajot