That is going to be one of the mantras with the sifnificant men and women I've the sacred privilege of mentoring around the globe. All these exceptional souls, in the next few weeks, will be forewarned to GAMO,N! Unless there are severe personal issues, or doctor's orders with a "no gamo,n!" for necessary reasons, this will be asked of everyone I mentor, for their sake of living the full life they've said they long for.
Even Solo, pictured here, is "Hans" down in agreement (pardon the pun). In fact he lives out GAMO,N! every day of his life as a remarkable guide dog for his owner, who gave me permission to take these two pics. Solo was raised and trained in SoCal for over a year and a half before being matched to Larry, below.
My new friend, Larry, is a 72yo man who also works out where I do here in Parker, at Fitness19. He has a degenerative eye disease that has rendered him blind. Thus, Solo, has become his eyes. It took 28 days to train Larry to work with Solo and bond with this magnificent dog. That done in SoCal they returned home to Colorado. Several times a week these two good souls show up and go through a hard workout, unaided.
These two know how to
This morning, back at Fitness19, a little after 5am, treadmilling for 45 minutes with the encouragement of a remarkable app on my iPhone (yesterday weights and machines...where I encountered Solo and Larry...back to weights and machines tomorrow...same early hour), I was caught off guard with deep gratitude in my olde soul at the health I'm currently enjoying. This I do not take for granted.
As aging happens, much can change in a short amount of time. If one is creatively careful, one can also stay very healthy for a long time.
Some friends wish they could join me, but their health does not allow it, whether they live here in Colorado, or elsewhere. I honor that for these good souls. Sincerely. I know they would love to be involved in GAMO,N!, if only they could. Honestly.
So, this AM, after working out, I met Mark, one of the vibrant young business leaders I mentor, for coffee and a bagel at our local Paneras. That we normally do at 6:30am for 90 minutes every two to three weeks.
This is one good man! In the few years of our mentoring friendship I've watched a significant man emerge and take hold of life, as our God has designed him to be and do. He's been through a lot getting a fledgling business started. Admirably.
With one wonderful wife, and four more than active kiddos, and a new business, he "complained" (gently, I might add) that he's extra tired. Understandably. But...........
I asked him about his exercise routines. Chagrined, he confessed to "Not much." To which I said, "Well...........GAMO,N! Let's get this figured out, today." And so we did.
I'm not asking anyone to turn into an Olympic athlete. But, if one can walk in any form or fashion, the word is, GAMO,N! We all have to begin somewhere, wherever we live.
The sedentary life most of us have grown accustomed to is not good for us in the long haul. Intentional attention to the physical side of life needs to be a part our days in order to well nuture all of the 8 dimensions of our lives. Even being weekend active, then no intentional activity during the week, is not the best.
What you see above are Mark's new running shoes. I told him of the best two places in Denver to get his feet properly shod for GAMO,N! This afternoon he texted me the pic, and told me he took his first steps to GAMO,N! right after he got home from work. Hooray...........for 15 minutes of GAMO,N!!!
It takes time to get fit. Think of fitness (positive) and not exercise (drudgery). Think of doing all you can to be and stay as fit as possible, not going on and off diets and exercise routines. It takes a commitment to being healthy in all areas of your life. It takes stopping the excuses and GAMO,N!
I encourage working up to a minimum of 45 minutes a day of solid exercise, beginning with the art of walking briskly. This is not a stroll I'm talking about. No ambling along. Get moving as fast is reasonable. Start slow. Go for 45 minutes, minimum. Keep increasing your briskness until you are able to, whether outdoors or on a treadmill--
Get A Move On, Now!
.......more to come about GAMO,N! in a day or two.......