When we get carried away by our current fitness goals, we often neglect the impact it has on our future. Grinding, raging, and smashing our way through each workout with the ferocity of a wild boar on speed will eventually take its toll on our body.

Whether it’s about always pushing for the heavier weight, constantly running yourself to the ground on trails, or obsessing over whatever the latest hardcore home fitness craze of the moment is. What gets us carried away in the river of fitness is the temptation carrot of short-term results. The drool-inducing physique, the instant ego rub, the hope for glory.

Competing is a whole another story, though. When competing in most things that are physically demanding, folks make the (hopefully) conscious decision to swap some of their longevity for the chance of winning.

The rest of us, we need to stay humble.

If we want to age gracefully, we can’t afford to treat each workout like it’s about the grind and glory. But about showing up for the practice. An opportunity to discover more about ourselves and our bodies. With a one eye firmly locked in on the long-term progress we’re hoping to make.

Sure, being mindful about training is more work compared to just turning up and letting it all hang loose for 30-60 minutes.

But if we really want to train for the now and for the future, we need to embrace the practice. While still intelligently pushing our limits. That’s our best chance for getting both.

– J

p.s. Talk about embracing practice and longevity. Arthur Brown’s been making music for 54 years. At 80, he still has it.