I saw Sally Gunnell win gold

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In 1992 the family and I went to the Olympics at Barcelona.

I can’t remember everything we went to see, but I do remember that we were in the stadium when Sally Gunnell won gold in the 400m hurdles.

Phenomenal athletes at that level aren’t they?

How fast they can move, high they can jump or throw, the weight they can lift, etc is phenomenal.

They earn that level of success with the insane amounts of work they put in.

Hours and hours every day of training at a mega high intensity for years on end to get them to that level.

It’s diminishing returns though, isn’t it?

Most of us could probably run somewhere between one third and two thirds as fast as Usain Bolt with no training whatsoever.

And swim as fast and as far as we might ever realistically need to.

We can pick up most of the things we might want to.

Amazing as the levels they achieve are, the majority of us don’t need that.

And the great news is that the amount of effort that would go into getting our body to where we’d like it to be is a fraction of what an Olympian would need.

It’s tempting to hear about their herculean schedules and be put off exercise because we can’t (and don’t want to) do that.

To hear how they eat and not want any part of that.

But we can do a bit more than we’re doing now fairly easily.

A bit more exercise or at a slightly higher intensity.

Make some better food choices than we might otherwise have done.

Little adjustments that aren’t all that noticeable but will lead us in the direction we want over time.

We’re not looking to enter the next Olympics.

So we don’t need to train and eat like we are.

Enough to get us that little bit fitter, healthier, energetic and / or slimmer week on week is fine ๐Ÿ™‚

Much love,

Jon ‘My sister named her first car after Roger Black’ Hall

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Jon Hall

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