Sometimes your workout is the best part of your day. And if you’re work out is done by 6:30am, that makes for a looong, hard day. But luckily for you there are a lot of skills you’re developing at the gym, class or from our trainer that you can apply to situations in your regular, clothes-wearing life. Who knows, having these tricks in your pocket may help you overcome some hurdles. And I don’t mean the kind on the track!
Here are the pillars of fitness and a very simple definition for each:
- Agility – the ability to move in any direction, anytime, anywhere.
- Endurance – the ability to remain active for a long period of time.
- Balance – the ability to support yourself when and how you want.
- Coordination – the ability to move in a harmonious way.
- Strength – the ability to overcome resistance.
Let’s take ‘agility’ to start. So being ‘agile’ or having ‘agility’ means you can manage to do quick feet drills like a ladder or running from one cone to another to another. And the beauty of agility is that you get more agile the more you practice! So even if you struggle a bit with your feet now, don’t worry, you’re getting there. Just focus, keep your head in the game and don’t give up.
Now how does ‘agility’ apply to your day to day? Well, you may work with people that jump around from topic to topic or task to task. They may be really quick with speech or change directions on a project or even add more projects or things on your plate. So being the agile person that you are becoming, you are able to channel your ladder drill from the workout that morning, dig deep, focus and get the task done to the best of your ability.
Next let’s look at ‘coordination’. In class this may translate into being able to do jumping jacks with your arms and legs moving fluidly, or playing tennis, soccer or managing to bring in two opposing body parts to meet in the middle. In the office it’s working with a co-worker, higher-up or person at the bulk-mail room at the post office. You have to find a way to work harmoniously together. Coordination is key if you volunteer or have to pool groups of people together for a race or event. And coordination is not always something you were born with; it’s a skill that needs developing. So develop; practice and put these skills to work!
And that, my friend, is how you start to think like an athlete. All of these tools above can be taken from the fitness arena and into the workplace, your home or social situation.
I mean, who hasn’t needed ‘strength’ at a family dinner, right?
Now go run!