Keeping the body and mind strong

February 5, 2017

In 2005 I married my second wife Michelle and we moved to the outskirts of Melbourne. This was favourable as my kids from my previous marriage were close by, but working in the city meant travel of anywhere up to 2.5 hours a day. Time was short as I had also started my own Taekwon-Do club close to home. Being now the head instructor of my own club I thought it was imperative that my own technique was up to standard not only for myself, but also to attract new students and impress them upon entering class. The gym near work was no longer viable from a time perspective so using a book recommended by my instructor I developed my own legs weight program using a simple bench, barbells and dumbbells set in the garage at home. I did this twice a week and then practiced Taekwon-Do in a nearby park.


The best time for me, given my daily schedule, was to train in the morning before work. I have always been a morning person but this pushed the boundaries. The alarm would go off at 5.50am and I would train for about 45 minutes. I found that it set me up for the day ahead. I also found it would reduce the stress of the day. Getting up so early certainly took some getting used to though. I initially found that I would be pumped for the morning but crash and burn after lunch. Energy would then come back for the evening but fade out around 10pm. Just ask my wife, asking me any questions or getting me to make a decision anytime past 10pm and my head just can't cope. It took around 6 weeks of getting up at 5.50am and training for 45 minutes for my body to begin to cope again. I was essentially retraining my mind and body to cope with the new regime. After a couple of months, a day when I didn't train became a bad day in the office, when the smallest things would get to me. I eventually got into the groove of this regime and in fact, I'm still going even to this day.



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