Many times we dread the thought of laboring into the gym and the thought of getting on the treadmill followed by an unspiring bout of lifting weights just isn't that entertaining...if not boring! If this is you, it's time to reconsider your training program.
Here's a truth: you won't do anything long term unless you enjoy doing it.
Ever since discovering and now exclusively practicing the sport of Olympic Weightlifting I fully understand the above statement. I love practicing this sport so much that I no longer perform any cardio on stationary equipment, no more machines, no more sit down crunches of any kind. No more silly trendy exercise approaches.
The point is to lift as much weight over head in either 1 rapid lift or in 2 lifts. It requires flexibility that you can't get statically stretching, it requires fast explosive moving of your muscles, balance, coordination and strength. But more than that, it requires an extreme mental state of concentration. I have never done anything that required as much mental focus and concentration as what I'm currently doing.
Lastly, the point of this post is to share that I'm not doing this sport because i want my abs to look a certain way or that I'm trying to lose fat or look a certain way just because what's printed on magazines. I will never step into that lifestyle or approach to fitness where i dread the process. The sports approach to fitness is very empowering because not only do you like to do it but because when you're into it, when your attention and concentration is fully present (not distracted with iPods) it becomes an empowering journey where you're a better person afterwards. I'm lifting weights once thought impossible. But I wouldn't have believed unless I give all my concentration and focus to stepping up to the challenge.
It's about being a better you. Pick up a sport you once loved or you're into. Make that the majority of your training because not only will you enjoy it even more but you'll be better off as a person. Say no to magazine training methods and turn off that TV. They only make you feel more ugly.
A sport is commonly defined as an organized, competitive, and skillful physical activity requiring commitment and fair play. It is governed by a set of rules or customs. In a sport the key factors are the physical capabilities and skills of the competitor when determining the outcome (winning or losing). The physical activity involves the movement of people, animals and/or a variety of objects such as balls and machines. In contrast, games such as card games and board games, though these could be called mind sports, require only mental skills. Non-competitive activities such as jogging and rock-climbing, are usually classified as recreations.
Physical events such as scoring goals or crossing a line first often define the result of a sport. However the degree of skill in some sports such as diving, dressage and figure skating is judged according to well-defined criteria. This is in contrast with other judged activities such as beauty pageants and body-building shows, where skill does not have to be shown and the criteria are not as well defined.
Accurate records are kept and updated for most sports at the highest levels, while failures and accomplishments are widely announced in sport news. Sports are most often played just for fun or for the simple fact that people need exercise to stay in good physical condition. However professional sport is a major source of entertainment.
Although they do not always succeed, sports participants are expected to display good ...