Back in the day—that day being the 1960’s and 70’s—there was a famous NFL coach named George Allen. Coach Allen first became famous with the Chicago Bears for drafting players like Gale Sayers, Dick Butkus and Mike Ditka. You might have heard of those guys. He later became famous as the head coach of the Washington Redskins and took them to the 1973 Super Bowl. He was a consummate motivator and developer of talented players, and long before it became either fashionable and/or imperative for world-class athletes to train year-round for their sport, Coach Allen was touting the benefits of physical fitness. Along the way he wrote the following short piece entitled, “What Is A Workout?”
What Is A Workout?
A workout is 25 percent perspiration and 75 percent determination. Stated another way, it is one part physical exertion and three parts self-discipline. Doing it is easy once you get started. A workout makes you better today than you were yesterday. It strengthens the body, relaxes the mind and toughens the spirit. When you workout regularly your problems diminish and your confidence grows.
A workout is a personal triumph over laziness and procrastination. It is the badge of a winner—the mark of an organized, goal-oriented person who has taken charge of his or her destiny. A workout is a wise use of time and an investment in excellence. It is a way of preparing for life’s challenges and proving to yourself that you have what it takes to do what is necessary.
A workout is a key that helps unlock the door to opportunity and success. Hidden within each of us is an extraordinary force. Physial and mental fitness are the triggers than can can release it. A workout is a form rebirth—when you finish a good workout, you don’t simply feel better.
YOU FEEL BETTER ABOUT YOURSELF. (The caps are his, not mine)
Coach Allen passed away in 1990 after being inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame. He was not always popular in his day, but his players loved playing for him because he walked his talk via his legendary work ethic and his ferocious support of their success on and off the field.
His words resonate now more than ever regarding physical and mental fitness. If you want to get better, and FEEL better about yourself, are you on the path to a healthier life?