Socrates knew it

“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.”

— Socrates

(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.

One thought on “Socrates knew it

  1. I’m glad to hear you are keeping fit despite an injury, I’m recovering from a major one right now and worry since I can’t do what I usually do to keep in shape. I’m having to be a bit more creative!

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