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What motivates you to work out?

Why do you work out? To lose weight? Improve your triathlon time? To look great on the beach? The author of 10 Things I Want My Daughter to Know About Working Out hopes her daughter will see exercise as a joy, not as a price she must pay to look great in “that dress.”  I stand firm in the belief that any motivation is a good one if it gets us off the couch, but the real key to this great article is that for those who actually view exercise differently, it becomes part of who they are and the results can be astounding and unexpected.

But maybe the author’s main point is the influence we provide our kids. What are they learning from us about the part exercise plays in our life? Is it a necessary misery they must endure like getting a flu shot?  Is it about sweating in a gym and tolerating it or is it playing soccer and winning?

I’m curious … what did you learn from your parents & teachers about exercise and how did that help form your current views on it? Also, which of the 10 things in the article resonate the most for you?


First in Training, NC

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64 ounces of water daily. Why is this so hard?


The prevailing advice on water intake is eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day. Do you drink that much? Do you count? Do you agree with the recommendation?

I have three thoughts on this:

  1. One thing many people miss about this … the recommended 64 ounces is total fluid intake, not necessarily glasses of water in addition to the fluids you get from other sources. Food can provide up to 20% of your daily fluid intake. Soda, coffee and alcoholic beverages should be measured negatively if you’re keeping score. They dehydrate.
  2. I’m sure you’ve heard about the possibility that drinking too much water can kill you. You might also be able to kill yourself by trying to do 10,000 burpees … but you won’t. Google it if you’re concerned.
  3. Like everything else, water consumption should be about balance. The goal is to match the intake with the outgo – drinking vs. sweating. So the guidance I live by includes …
  • I don’t try to count – it’s probably unnecessary and kind-of obsessive
  • I make water my beverage of choice
  • I always keep water with me and drink it throughout the day
  • I drink water before, during and after exercise
  • If I’m thirsty, I might be dehydrated.

What do you think?


First in Training, NC

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Plyometrics … love them or hate them?

Plyometrics, or jump training, is fantastic for building muscle power and explosiveness while leading to joint protection and athletic performance. However, this type of training can leave some wondering if the benefits outweigh the risks. What are your thoughts?

First in Training, NC