Monday, December 29, 2014

Comeback plan for 50+ athletes

I'm trying to get traction for 2015. Just as I wrote in my book "Mind Over Diet" I am trying to self-negotiate a comeback. Have to admit that after 30 years, it's hard to find the motivation.
Some thoughts:
1) Go all plant food as long as I can. I am convinced it heals the body. A man opened a fruit and vegetable business right on the main street by Appalachian State, I can walk by every day. No excuses for not bringing home the fresh, live products.
2) Get off bars. I love them, have lived on them for years. But no matter what the marketing, most are sugar and chemicals. Sugar is as addictive as any other drug. Once you use it, you want it, you need it.
3) Change up the workouts. I am going to do more with the Tarheel Trailblazers in Charlotte. They ride 4-5 different mountain bike areas and it's a good change up for me. Will take more driving to get there, but it re-introduces the excitement factor. Also, I live right on the Blue Ridge Parkway and there is an extensive trail system. I need to explore more, hike more. Running and related PR's are in the past. It's time to look for a different exercise base. More long distance hikes = less sitting around and eating. I'll take that trade any day.
4) Spiff myself different equipment. Maybe a different bike, shoes, or one of the new fitness exercise bands like Garmin Vivofit. Little motivation tools.
5) Think about long term health. I'm 58 and if one doesn't push to optimize, it's all downhill. No offense, but I look at many who are my age and it doesn't look good. I choose to go in the other direction. No, you can't be 25 again, but you can get the most out of the package that remains.
Well, that's about it for now. This isn't bad, maybe I'll keep reading this to help the self-negotiation process.

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