My garage is my think tank. Just last night my wife and I were talking about this and how training in the garage is where I am able to think the most clearly and be at peace. Throughout the day, I feel like I have a million things running through my head. I am constantly thinking about work, my family, business goals, training and everything else under the sun. When I am in the garage lifting, I do my best and most focused thinking.
There is something about working hard and pushing your body. With my day time job of being a teacher, I need to make up some physical labor and do something to unwind. In the garage is when I am able to do this. I currently feel that my programming for myself leaves me feeling less stressed, prepared for strongman and energized afterwards. Don’t get me wrong, there are still some days that I still bite off more than I can chew. If there is one thing to take away from my training, it allows me to feel disease free.
I can’t speak highly enough for what strength training does for me. Diabetes seems to be nonexistent and the rest of life’s worries disappear momentarily. Even when blood sugars do get in the way, I try my best to work with my disease rather than against it. If my blood sugar is low, I eat. If my blood sugar is a bit high, I will take some insulin. Another great result from training is improved insulin sensitivity. This can be tricky at times, but for the most part I am safe with reducing my bolus rate after training until the next morning. My body is better at burning food and works more efficiently.
I often read or hear about people that people only want to do cardio. They are looking to drop body weight, but their body composition doesn’t change. Does cardio have it’s place? Of course it does, but if people are looking to be leaner and improve definition, weightlifting is crucial to success. I tried running for a few years in my early 20’s and it didn’t help me achieve what I was after. With a mix of lifting weights and cardio, my body uses fuel more efficiently and the amount of calories I can consume is on the higher side.
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