I want to be a ninja. Not in the violent, mercenary sort of way, but in the "excels in a particular skill or activity" kind of way. And I want to be a ninja in EVERYTHING--fitness, parenting, housekeeping, cooking, you name it. The reality is, I'm not even close. In fact, I consider myself your run-of-the-mill generalist: good at lots of things, but great at very few things.
Here's the deal with becoming a ninja--it takes practice. Excelling in something--anything--requires daily, disciplined, planned repetition of the action you wish to command. And if I am committed to be a ninja, I should read books about them, such as, 'How to Become a Ninja in 90 Days,' 'The Ninja's Diet Guide,' 'How to Live Like a Ninja,' 'The Ninja Exercise Plan,' 'The Ninja Dress Code,' etc. (No, these aren't real books.) I would also want to investigate where ninjas hang out (dark alleys? roof tops? libraries?), then assimilate with them. Perhaps I could develop a ninja mentor to guide me through this process. My very best chance at becoming a true ninja is to embrace it as a lifestyle. To fully immerse myself in it so that it becomes second nature.
Now, since becoming a ninja is my dream, what's yours? Re-read the paragraph above, substituting your goal with the word 'ninja'. If that's to be a stronger, fitter, healthier, happier version of yourself (an awesome goal for anyone!), the same rules apply. Determine your goal, commit to it, make small, steady strides daily toward it, educate yourself about it, surround yourself with people who share your goal, and ask for help from experts who can get you to your goal faster.
Well, what are you waiting for?
1. Squat (as deep as you can) with alternating front kicks 10x (5/side)
2. Mountain climbers, any style 20x (10/side)
Repeat 3-5 times!
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I am not a registered dietitian, nor a medical professional. My blog is a representation of my views and experiences, which are not intended as medical advice. While I am a certified personal trainer, descriptions of things I eat and exercises I perform may not be suitable for everyone. Please speak with a medical professional before making any changes to your current routine.