Greetings from the frozen Upper Midwest! This morning’s windchill hit -32 degrees F and yet more snow is falling as we speak. Safe to say the piping hot Colombian coffee from the Keurig tastes pretty darn good. My wife and I were both able to get our workouts in, gotta love Saturdays. Lately my workouts have consisted of shoveling wet and heavy snow so I enjoyed getting back to the routine. This got me thinking about the “Iron Sharpens Iron” quote. I’ve heard it many times but I didn’t realize until I looked it up that it is in a bible verse. Proverbs 27:17 to be exact. “As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.” And to be totally honest, I didn’t even know the second half of that quote existed. That part can be a whole different topic for another time.
Obviously the bible isn’t talking about iron in regards to weightlifting. Since the quote is a lot of times spun that way I’m going to roll with it today though. I believe that exercise is so crucial to one’s day. Especially if you are like me and have an office job that requires hours of sitting at a desk. I feel like hot garbage when I just sit around all day. I don’t think humans were built for that. This is probably why there are so many people that have back problems. We aren’t designed to sit in one place for 8 hours in an office or cubicle. However, if you can get at least an hour of a fairly intense workout in daily, it does wonders for the mind and body. It is kind of like a daily battery recharge for me.
I’ve enjoyed lifting weights and exercising since I was probably 14 or 15 years old. My parents bought me a bench and a set of weights and I was hooked. I still have those same weights today although we will be upgrading them very soon. Improving strength and not wanting to be a skinny weakling was very important to me. I guess it still is! The confidence and gains that were made showed me the compound effect of what hard work and dedication can do. I suppose not too different from dividend stocks in a brokerage account compounding over time. From that point on, it is the one thing that remains non negotiable in my schedule.
The college days were fun for a lot of reasons but one of the most enjoyable things was pumping iron with the fellas. There was usually 4-5 of us that would usually go every day of the week. Competition is a good thing and that made the results even better. I hate to admit it but I am pretty sure a class or two were blown off for workout sessions! You can get to know what someone is about pretty quick in the gym. Do they quit easily? Do they work hard when they are there or is it a goof off session? I have heard similar things about why people conduct meetings on the golf course. True character comes out there too. Do you cheat on your score? How easily do you lose your composure and become frustrated and irate? (Very easily to do while golfing haha) If a person is out there throwing clubs after a terrible shot, that might not be an attractive client. I have seen it happen.
These days my wife and I workout at home. We sacrifice some of the extra fancy gym machines for budget friendly home workouts. I think of it like going back to my roots when I was a youngster. Having a treadmill, free weights, and bands can pretty much accomplish most things with a little creativity. Having a set time to get that workout in is a bit more challenging now with a toddler. Nap times on the weekend are unpredictable (if they actually happen) and of course the workweek presents a different set of obstacles. However having a home setup is nice since there is no commute to worry about. If time is available, just zip downstairs and get after it. And time is available, you just have to want it.
Do you folks enjoy working out? Do you exercise at home or at a gym? Thank you as always for taking the time to read and comment. Enjoy the day!