Contributed by a good friend of Joe's Basecamp - Dr. Bill Crozier - (Anaesthetist, Expedition Doctor and Altitude Medicine Expert)
The Joe's Basecamp hypoxia room is designed to mimic the effects of high...
Like many people who exercise often, I get asked ‘what are you training for?’. I think it’s normal for people to expect a single short answer - “Doing the half marathon in a few weeks” or “I’m off on a trek” but often there isn’t a specific event in mind. This got me thinking to all the reasons I train - and I say train rather than exercise because for me training is much broader than simple exercise. I’ve been a casual runner for about 15 years and I love my running but training for me means something bigger, it means doing exercises that I wouldn’t normally do, exercises I don’t necessarily enjoy or that I’m not very good at. It’s precisely by training those uncomfortable areas that I get the best results. So in a nutshell what am I training for? I’ll answer that at the end.
Except for the first two, these in no particular order are the reasons I train:
Our gym program is both indoors and outdoors why?
Did you know that research suggests that most of us spend up to 90% of our lives indoors! In the western world we sleep inside, we eat inside, we step into our cars and drive to work, we drive home from work, we then sit down at home, go to bed and do it all over again.How many of you, especially with city or office jobs, spend less than an hour a day outside.... do you think we have evolved to live like this and remain healthy? A whole week may come and go without ever being outside for any significant length of time.
"Swallow a toad in the morning if you want to encounter nothing more disgusting the rest of the day."French writer Nicolas Chamfort (1741-1794)
This quote is often changed to "eating a frog" and wrongly attributed to the great American writer Mark Twain (mainly by americans)
Do you ever lie there on a monday morning, having made plans that your going to get up and go for a run?
Traditionally participants of endurance sports are non-gym goers, they are attracted to their sports because of the wish to be outdoors, the solitude of mountaineering, sound of the bush for the ultra/trail runner, the unique virgin beauty found by the back country ski tourer.
Every January, I and my family sit down and plan our year, our goals and our dreams!
I still find it amazing that people will spend months planning a kitchen or a holiday but not take the process of planning across all areas their lives.