Sorry for not writing these last two weeks, but I took a much needed end of summer vacation with my wife. We went to Hickory Knob State Park for some swimming, canoeing, golf, and relaxation in the natural beauty around us.
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On this vacation, I was reminded of one of the reasons why I exercise. I exercise so I can have the energy, strength, and endurance to do the things I want to do. Let me explain.
The first night there, we camped out with a beautiful view over the lake. I walked down to the shore and decided to take a dip in the lake to cool off. As I was paddling around, I looked across the dock on the other side of the lake and thought to myself “I wonder if I can make it to the other side.” I have no idea how far it was, maybe 300 meters. But, I did it. And then I swam back, no worse for wear. This was all after unloading the car and setting up camp. Later in the trip, we canoed on the lake in the morning, swam, and then played 9 holes of golf in the afternoon.
It might sound like a lot, but I wanted to take full advantage of the beautiful weather and scenery. And so I did. I’m fully convinced I was able to take advantage of these opportunities because my regular exercise program gives me the strength, energy, and stamina to do what I want. These weren’t super strenuous activities, for sure (it was vacation after all), but knowing that I have that strength, energy, and stamina gives me the confidence to tackle any challenge that comes my way.
If you’ve ever found yourself at a point where you’ve said no to some adventure because you didn’t think you could do it physically, then ask yourself why? Could a regular program of exercise help you be up for the challenge next time?