Sure, it takes strength to pickup a heavy barbell.
But that's not true strength.
True strength is making the choices that create health, not just the choices that allow you to have fun inside the gym.
The great thing? Focusing on these pieces outside of the gym will actually allow you to have more fun and see more results in the gym.
Things like hydration, eating your vegetables, and practicing mindfulness.
Things like sleep, and moderating work, rest, and recovery to keep your body and mind functioning optimally.
Self control, to know that even though you have the time to get to the gym it might not be in your best interest to do a hard workout that day, or even to workout at all.
Getting sunlight and gentle blood flow throughout the day, because we were built to move and the sun helps to establish our daily rhythm.
The above pieces take far more "strength" to implement than it takes to just get into the gym. At Ardent, we like to refer to these as our Basic Lifestyle Guidelines. The BLGs will take you much further into health and wellness than your exercise program alone ever could.
These are also the hardest pieces to implement, because at first glance it can look like we're asking you to change who you are. We believe that if we start small and build on sustainable changes we can truly effect long lasting habit shifts that not only empower you but also inspire your family and neighbors to do the same.
True strength is not built in hiding from your problems in the gym and then forgoing wellness for the other 23 hours of the day.
True strength is found in chewing your food, thinking before you speak, getting Vitamin D, and recognizing fitness as something to serve you, not an outlet or a hiding place.
If you're not sure where to start in your BLGs, reach out. We're here to help.