This blog started as an idea from a design project in grad school to “Reimagine” how we share the Wounded Warrior experience with American society. I was wounded in Iraq in 2004, suffering a severe internal injury. Now I TICK WHEN I RUN. You will read stories on how endurance sports have helped me CRUSH adversity, conquering my injuries both mentally and physically. Physical fitness, especially endurance sports, changes lives for the better. FIRED UP!
Friday, July 13, 2012
Coming Off The Couch: Physical Fitness Changes Lives For The Better
Wednesday July 11th was my last workout with the team before I head north to my new assignment at West Point. We had a great workout- 1 Mile run, then 3 Rounds of the following exercises: 10 Log Presses, 10 Kettle Bell Swings & 10 Pushups, 10 Box Jump Burpees, 10 Tire flips followed by a burpee, 10 Sledgehammer hits (Each Side) on the big tire, 1 Mile cool down run.
(L to R) Ed, Jacque,Vince
One of the newest members, Vince, achieved a milestone that morning.
Vince came off the couch and started working out with us about a month ago.
Wednesday morning he completed the mile run for the first time. He was pretty
happy and it was a great achievement.
Vince’s achievement speaks to the power of physical fitness
and being a team member in a workout group. The group pushed and encouraged
Vince and held him accountable.
(L to R ) Rebecca, JAcque, Victor, Jerry, Ed, Bridget, Me (Jonathan) , Tara, Vince, Roderick
Each week Vince showed improvement and that
built his confidence. With confidence comes the courage to try something more
challenging. Vince is motivated and planning on running in some endurance races
this fall. Before we know it he will be
a Marathoner or Ironman Triathlete.
Everyone starts by coming off the couch. How far they go is up to them but
with a team behind them there is no limit.
Read more about the power of exercise and team in this Psychology Today Blog post.