We’re designed to use all of our body and all of our mind – to run, to lift, to hunt, to think and to create. Strength training and fitness are timeless and universal pursuits. Men and women, old and young have been lifting objects, sprinting and jumping to strengthen their bodies since the beginning of time.
Ancient civilizations like Greece and Rome valued physical strength and athletics. Up until recently, even in their daily lives people worked jobs that involved physical activities – whether it was out in the fields, in factories and cities. People often walked everywhere.
Now, we live in a much more sedentary way: most of us have desk jobs and we drive to work. When we get home, we spend bulk of the time sitting in front of the TV or the computer. We also encounter plenty of bad nutrition.
The cumulative effect of all of this is that we have less energy, we get sick more, we’re more prone to injury, we age faster, we depend more on others, we move about the world less powerfully and we live with a lower quality of life. In essence, our lack of strength makes us more likely to be defeated by the challenges of our lives.
But it doesn’t have to be this way – your physical strength is an attribute of your life that you can control. If you decide to take on strength training – strength training will literally make it harder for anything or anyone in life to defeat or kill you – physically, mentally or emotionally.
Who does not want to live life with that sort of strength?