Fitness: Finding Motivation When Sports are Done

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Published on: August 3rd, 2020
Updated on: August 15th, 2021
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When I was an athlete, training had a purpose. I lifted weights so I could hit harder on the football field, and I ran sprints to steal bases or chase down flyballs. Gains were easy to come by, and exercising wasn’t an end in itself. At forty-six, it is different. 

Gains are slow if they come at all, and I work mostly to retain what little improvements I make. Gone are the days when gains came easy, and football and baseball were the motivation to train, but fitness is still not an end. Today, motivation to exercise comes from a much different place–life.

When I was out-of-shape, my quality of life was relatively low. I found it difficult to perform any type of physical activity. Even walking, any sort of distance, became arduous. I spent the majority of my twenties and thirties sitting on a couch or at a desk becoming increasingly obese. Today, it is much different.

Because of my job, I still spend a significant amount of time sitting, but I exercise daily. On most days, I am at the gym for an hour or more with members of the fitness mafia, and on the other days, I am either running or playing a sport. It is a significant amount of time, but it is worth it.
Unlike in my twenties, I am very active, and I credit it to the amount of time I place on being fit. I enjoy having the ability to do fun stuff like playing in the ocean for hours, jumping on a slippin’ slide at my nephew’s birthday party, playing vintage baseball, helping cousins move, or spending days on the lake boating. As Mark Rippetoe says, “Strong people are harder to kill than weak people and more useful in general.” There is a lot of truth in his statement, and it applies to all ages. Just because we are no longer athletes playing in organized sports, we still can and should be athletic, and life is the motivation to do just that.

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I am a software designer and content creator at Innis.Fit, where I dedicate myself to combining my expertise in technology with my love for fitness. As a former high school athlete, my journey has taken me from the competitive fields of CrossFit and baseball to a broader mission of inspiring and enabling others to achieve their fitness goals. I also contribute extensively to our platform's content, sharing insights, tips, and personal experiences that resonate with our community. My commitment to fitness is a personal ethos, one that I live out daily, aiming to inspire those around me to embrace a healthier, more active lifestyle.

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