Need Fitness Motivation? Sign Up for a Race!

Article by Dr. Chad Larson, narrated by Charles Griffin

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A few months ago, I was exercising 2-3 days per week, but my workouts had become lackluster. Exercising just for the motivation of general health was losing its momentum, so on a whim, I signed up for an obstacle race without much time to train. In the particular race that I signed up for, if you failed to complete one of the 15+ obstacles, you were required to do 30 burpees before moving on. Since my goal was just to complete the race, I trained for failure.

Train for Failure

Let me explain. There are at least 5 obstacles that have a high failure rate, especially for obstacle newbies like me, and I thought I could gut it out for at least 2 of those 5, so I planned on failing 3 obstacles and doing 90 burpees during the course of the race. (Fortunately … or unfortunately … this assumption turned out to be correct.) Thus, I wanted to make sure I got good at burpees because they can destroy you.

In the relatively short amount of time I had to get in shape, my base training routine was to jog for 15 minutes, do 30 burpees, jog for 15 minutes, do 30 burpees, jog 15 minutes, do 30 burpees. You get the idea. Interestingly, when I signed up for the race, it triggered something. Probably just the desire to not be humiliated by not finishing, but whatever it was, it worked. I even woke up early in the morning to go for runs before work and I stuck with the plan of exercising more days than not each week.

What to Do About Setbacks

A couple of weeks before the race, the early mornings were getting harder and harder to make happen. At first I just thought motivation was waning a bit but after noticing some other signs of adrenal hormone insufficiency, like drops in blood sugar, salt cravings, joint pain, dizziness upon standing, and occasional mild nausea, I tested my adrenal hormones. Sure enough, there was a significant deficiency of my cortisol.

Good thing I know how to fix that! I jumped on the right diet and targeted nutritional supplementation, and that got my system back on track and I was able to continue with training and get across the finish line.

Do you feel like it's time to level up your fitness? Sign up for a race. And just so you know, there are races for ALL body types and fitness levels. So get out there, and take the plunge! Oh, and don't forget to check your adrenal gland hormones before you get started so you don't run into the same brick wall I did. The sense of accomplishment when you cross the finish line will be worth it.

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