Invest in Yourself: Focus on Your Carrot

Mike Ryan Biking in Colorado July 2010

March 1st is here and we can officially stop blaming our health and fitness on the holidays.  It’s time.

It’s time to take back our health and for each us to realize that WE are responsible for our own fitness.

If you’re like me, your financial statements and 401K numbers are depressing.  It’s time for all of us to change our investment strategy.  There has never been a better time than now to start INVESTING IN OURSELVES! Any wise investment guru will suggest that one should “protect your principle”.  Can you think of a more important “principle” than your own body?

When most of us look at the reasons why we are not healthier, a physical injury/ailment typically tops the list along with our lifestyle.  As for the medical issue, generally speaking, most orthopedic issues can usually be improved, minimized or often eliminated with the proper plan.  Often a plan to strengthen or elongate injured tissue in conjuction with enhancing cardiovascular condition will result in amazing improvements in someone’s health if their motivation is sufficient.  In other words, if the carrot or prize is enticing enough, most of us will address an injury with the proper plan to move towards that carrot.

What does my new carrot look like?

I just signed up for two races today.  They are a big 9.3 mile (15 km) road race on March 12th and on March 26th I will compete in a tough 6.2 mile (10 km) Mud Run on a military obstacle course.  For me, the thrill of testing myself in a challenging situation is my carrot.  I’m a firm believer that competition is a healthy motivator when put in the proper perspective and AGE is a very lame excuse for avoiding an opportunity to challenge yourself.

Go ahead, I dare you.  Find physical challenges that excite you and then use them as an opportunity to hang that motivating carrot out their to focus on.  As for those sports-related injuries that are getting in the way, forward me your comments and I can help you with free sports medicine advice while showing you how profitable it can be to invest in yourself!

Author: Mike Ryan

After 26 seasons as a full-time certified athletic trainer and registered physical therapist in the National Football League, Mike Ryan has outstanding first-hand experience. His unique professional and athletic background has sharpened his skills in the arts of sports injury management, elite rehabilitation, performance enhancement and injury prevention. Mike is now taking his experience to mainstream America. His mission is simple: Sports Medicine advice that is easy to use and brings fast results. Learn more about Mike Ryan

2 thoughts on “Invest in Yourself: Focus on Your Carrot”

  1. I started chasing my carrot about 4 weeks ago. I am 5’3 and weight 260lbs…Four weeks ago, I could barely run a minute. This week I have been running 16 minutes in 8 min intervals with 5 min in-between. Tomorrow, my friend and I are going to try for a straight 20 minutes of running. I keep pushing myself, and it feels amazing to be able to accomplish something I never thought I could!

    1. Good for you! The new you will come from a lifestyle change not any one pill or fancy diet or new Ab machine. Make daily steps in the right direction with both the advice of those you trust and support form those that love you. Enjoy the ride. Focus on the carrot without getting too tough on yourself if you have a minor setback and don’t be too easy on yourself when you need a kick in the backside. You should be proud of yourself b/c that first step is the hardest. MDR

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