Often, to make a point, we ask people what kind of body they prefer: marathon runners or sprinters? Most people prefer sprinters’ bodies because they’re more muscular and vibrant. They emanate power. Yet these same people, when they go to the gym, train as if they’re marathon runners.
So what is the nature of each? Marathon runners are about endurance; sprinters are about attack and charge. If you look at the Happy Body standards that we created, being aware of how we deteriorate with time and how to stay youthful, you can see the alignment between practicing the skill of sprinting and the Happy Body program:
The Nature of Each: Marathon Body vs Sprinter Body vs Happy Body
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By achieving the six standards you can age but still become more youthful. There’s a popular quote, “Life’s a marathon, not a sprint,” but lately we’ve seen it inverted to “Life is not a marathon, it’s a series of sprints.”
Is life really a marathon? Physically, your joints are designed to be used for a certain amount of time. Other problems can occur with marathon running like heart scarring, or a condition where the blood supply to the colon is limited in order to supply the muscle, and oftentimes part of colon dies and has to be removed. If you abuse your body in any way, you’ll age faster. And if you see life as a marathon there’s no time to pause and step back. You’re mindless on the treadmill, just surviving to reach the “end” of drudgery. Yet, if it’s a series of sprints, you have to accumulate the energy to charge forward and attack. There must be variation. In this approach, you can both be mindful and restore yourself and then still raise the bar and charge when you need to.
Every day when you wake up, ahead of you lies a series of “sprints”—tasks that you must perform. Your attitude can be one of endurance, a joyless, mindless round of repetition, or you can spark yourself to focus on one thing with enthusiasm. It’s up to you.
Which habitual style do you most identify with—sprinter or marathon runner? How do you rejuvenate? And how do you spark yourself to action?
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