“No one has the right to be an amateur in the matter of physical training. It is a shame for anyone to grow old without seeing the beauty and strength of which their body is capable.”
(Is it just me, or does anyone else read it “So-Crates” in Keanu Reeves’ voice from Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure?)
I was in pretty good shape as a teenager. I was a swimmer, and I kept pretty active. As a young Marine, I was in great shape as well, but as the years passed, I allowed my body to get soft and I relied on youth to get me through my physical fitness tests more than on any fitness regimen. I stayed in decent enough shape while I was on active duty, but I can’t say I allowed my body to really reach its full potential of beauty and strength. It took me until I was 48 years old before I would work at it.
I’m not into body building or anything like that. My sister is, and she looks amazing, but that’s not for me. I am more into running and just being fit and trim. I would be happy if I could lose a last 10 lbs, but honestly, I’m pretty pleased with where my body is at right now: in the 160’s. As long as I don’t go past 170 lbs, I am happy. That keeps all my clothes fitting properly, and it keeps me looking the way I want to look.
It’s amazing seeing the muscles I’ve developed in the past year since I began running last September. My legs look strong, and my abs are actually showing. If I didn’t have the spare skin from when I was obese, I’d have the most amazing torso. My arms also look great, even though I haven’t been able to do push ups in months due to an elbow injury.
It was true thousands of years ago, and it’s true today. It’s a shame to grow old without ever seeing the beauty and strength of which their body is capable. Thanks, Socrates.