You know, this was the topic of my boot camp presentation for Charles Staley in October. I have a small little idea, that I learned in the second grade. There are four things:
Now, prayer can be just personal reflection…or just private time.
My idea is this: most of us naturally view “increasing” work as the logic way to do things in life. More money? Work more. Less bodyfat? Work more.
Yet, I argue that when you expand one of these four factors (Play, Pray, Work, Rest) you MUST expand the other three, too. If you decide to train harder, you must rest HARDER. Hard rest? Sure, hot tub, massage, smarter supplements, more meals before training, better sleep. You must also have more damn fun!!!
I’ll see if I have this written up in a better way somewhere, I am pretty sure I do.
This is my secret and I know…I mean, I know I know (a much higher level of “know”)…that if you don’t regard all four factors, sooner or later you crash and burn.
Some jackass in a bodybuilding forum made fun of me for a. wearing a lifting suit at a lifting meet and b. an article that I wrote on steroids. His insight? Well, at the ripe old age of 20, he didn’t see any problems with drugs. Ah…I can’t wait to deal with this lad either in real life or when he is crying like a fourth grade girl when he is an adult.
Being a jackass is fine when you are young. Mom and Dad will bail you out, the school system will bail you out, your therapist/counselor will bail you out, systems will take care of you. One day, you need balance…as no one is going to be there.
So, the sooner one decides to hold things in balance…the easier it is long term. On my website, I have some free books
and one is a little book I wrote for my daughter on her 8th grade graduation. I think some of this is discussed there, too.