Recently I went with my mom to the doctor.

English is not her first language and even though she can speak and understand it, mom asked me to go with her to meet the doctor and also to ensure clarity.

First thing the doctor said after greeting us was, “My dear, you are looking good! You’ve lost weight.”

Mom responded that she has been training with me and made some changes to her diet over the past few months.

There was nothing too drastic or magical in what she did. She picked one habit and worked on it for 4-5 weeks, then moved on to another habit.

We started with a simple change to her nutritional habits: we swapped out the freaky Frankenstein oils for Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Coconut Oil.

For exercise, she started training Tai Chi and some strength training twice a week.

The result was that she made consistent progress over time and the doctor noticed. The process was simple, even if the effort was not always easy. 

Towards the end of the visit, the doctor said, “It’s not just that you’ve lost weight, you are sitting up straighter and even look more confident and stronger than the last time you were here.”

That right there is a great reason to train and get stronger.

Joe Desena (founder of the Spartan Race) answers ‘why train for strength?’ this way:

“Physical strength is important because it provides confidence, which in turn has you walking differently and interacting with people differently.”

One of the keys to a happy life is how we interact and communicate with others.

How do you tell or sell your message?

Strength is an important attribute to help do that more effectively. 

If you are new to Kung Fu or Tai Chi or strength training, it is relatively easy to get stronger, and that will help you be better at most things. 

Socrates may have said it best over 2400 years ago,

“No man has the right to be an amateur in the matter of physical training. It is a shame for a man to grow old without seeing the beauty and strength of which his body is capable.” 

Improve your strength and realize your potential. 


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