I Didn't Go To A Public Beach Till 27...

The reasons I workout may surprise you.

Growing up I always had a body complex. I never wore shorts during my four years of high school… not a single time.

All my friends grew hair on their legs, but I never did. They had bigger and more muscular calves. I still don’t have hairy legs, and I never got those muscular calves.

I can remember sweating and being hot while sitting at my desk when the weather outside turned warmer.

Yet for some reason during junior high I never wore pants. I don’t know why… maybe it was because how I looked in pants.

I can remember hopping out of my friend’s dad’s truck during winter, walking to the doors in shorts, and the kids at school were in shock.

Moving through adulthood, there was always a friend that had a better body part than me. Paul had better abs. My brother Mark had bigger arms and shoulders. Dave had bigger pecs.

I didn’t go to a public beach until I was 27 years old. I didn’t want to be shirtless in front of anyone.

Eventually I became a personal trainer… and every other personal trainer had a better body than me. Jeff had better abs. Danny had more toned arms. Steve was stronger.

It took me a long time to accept my body for what it is and accept me for who I am. This last summer I had another breakthrough of acceptance.

A funny thing happened -- I started to tone up more doing what I have always done… the same things we practice in my coaching program.

Once I stopped worrying about what I didn’t have… my body started to let go of some of the stuff I wanted to lose.

I’m not the only one having results like this (without dieting, counting, or meal plans).

This is based in science… worrying and stressing over our body image and what we’re eating is bad for our health.

  • Increases stress hormone production (cortisol)... which breaks down muscle and increases body fat
  • Increases our daytime blood pressure
  • Increases c-reactive protein… which increases inflammation in the body… and inflammation is associated with virtually every health issue
  • Accelerates the aging process… yeah, we age more quickly stressing over our body and worrying about food

Decreases bone mineral density in the hips and lower back

I no longer workout because of weight loss or how it makes me look…

I workout because I feel better after doing it…

  • My body moves better
  • Aches and pains are fewer and farther between
  • I have more energy
  • Sleep better

Weight training is a natural anti-inflammatory

  • It’s great for your brain
  • Reduces anxiety and depression symptoms
  • It’s anti-aging

I workout because I want to be here as long as I can and in the best state possible for my loved ones.

This was a tough blog for me to write… but it’s important to know that we’re all dealing with our own insecurities, worries, and fears…

That’s what makes us human.

James

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