Are you Stressed Out? / by Stephen Cooper

"Stressed Out"

That's what I hear from friends, clients, and family. 

The turmoil that is around us just seems to be mounting, and people are stressed out like never before.  So many are facing very serious challenges.   

Loss of jobs, increasing pressure from employers to work longer, harder, and the expectation to be connected to work at all hours. 

As I spent last weekend in San Diego visiting my daughter at college, I stepped out of the stress circle and it gave me time to clarify a few things. 

When I first started lifting weights, now over 33 years ago, I can say that it was a great relief from stress.  At that time I was dealing with crappy stuff at home, plus as I trained my mind and body became stronger.  I felt better about myself. 

These days when I train I do so for a few reasons.  One of course is vanity.  I want to look strong and fit.  Second, along with practicing jiu jitsu there is this feeling that I want to have to power to quickly destroy someone if they mess with me or my family.  (This may sound a little harsh to some, and as most of you know I have never been in a fight, and I intend to keep it that way...but the feeling and instinct is still there.) 

The last reason is that I want to be as fit and as healthy as possible to spend time with my family and those that I love. 

In spending that time in San Diego at the beach with my family, seeing my daughter struggle with her first semester of college, it became crystal clear why I want to be fit.  I want to be here as long as possible, and as strong as possible, in order to experience everything there is to with my family. 

So why do you exercise? 

Exercise is one of the best ways to deal with stress. are competing with the world now.  Shouldn't' you be strong for your family and yourself? 

Exercise is one thing you have control over.  Of course I'd love for you to train with us at my boot camp...but do whatever it takes to take care of you.

Are you taking the easy way out?  Are you settling for less than your best?  Don't. 

Your life depends on this.  Don't let another day pass you by without exercising and taking charge of your health.