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​Your Weakest Link to Fitness

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A chain, and all machines, are only as strong as their weakest link. If the weak link breaks, the rest doesn’t work. It can be useful to apply this principle to our bodies and the effects it can have on our fitness.

The ultimate weak link is your heart. Exercise can strengthen your heart and reduce the chances of heart disease, the number one deadly link in the U.S. But it seems that most people don’t think of their heart as their weak link. They may think instead of their bad back, sore knee, achy feet, or other thing that may make it less likely to work out that day. But what’s really holding them back is such cases?

You guessed it! It’s the mind – that wonderfully strong and weak link that makes everything possible and yet trips us up so often. And it’s not just a matter of will power. Nor is it a matter of dissolving our rationalizations and self-deceptions. So what is it?

It’s not that complicated! It’s just applying the common sense notion that we need to work out consistently over the years. That does not mean working through your pain. It does not mean missing an important family even because it conflicts with your exercise plans. It means picking up again after your injury has healed. It means rescheduling your workout.

It sounds easy, but, if it’s so easy, why doesn’t everyone do it? Why do they fall out of their exercise routines with lame excuses that they will get back into it next month? Because the mind is the weak link. Just be aware of it, especially when the excuses start percolating. But it’s better than that. The good news is that through practice you can make your mind your strongest link. 

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