There's Always Time For Training!

If there's one thing I've learned over the past, appallingly busy weeks, it's that training time is NOT a low priority pursuit.

Every now and then when you get super busy it's tempting to just hit the sack instead of taking your evening run.  I guess the thinking is that you need the rest more than the exercise and by just sleeping you can increase your productivity and work and (hopefully) get through the week.

But the truth is that when you cut exercise out of your weekly program, the whole structure falls like a house of cards.

Although these days I don't have quite the competitive fire that I used to, I find that if I don't get my weekly training hours in, I start feeling really sludgy.  A failure to maintain a basic fitness level just takes the joy right out of life.  After a couple weeks, you find that even your ability to think has dulled.

I suppose in our high-pressure society it's easy to overlook the benefits of exercise.  I remember talking to some co-workers about bicycle riding after work once long ago, and they replied, "if you have energy to do that, then you aren't working hard enough here."

What a terrible thought.

But heck, even if we were all slaves and our owners broke us on the wheel and discarded us when our bodies were spent, somehow I doubt that we'd be as productive as happy, healthy employees who gave eight hours to their labors and spend the rest of their days maintaining their own personal health and well-being.

People are always going to grumble I suppose, and sometimes it's going to be hard to find the motivation for training time.  But at the end of the day, training time is just as nourishing as eating.  It's not a luxury item you can eliminate, training time is vital!

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