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“Integrity first, service before self and excellence in all that we do.” These are the words that myself, as well as every other U.S. Air Force Trainee has been taught during their time in the military. These core values are not just useful for those in the military—they will go a long way towards helping you with your training.

Training and living a healthy lifestyle is not just about what you eat and what movements you do in the gym. Exercise is much more than just simply going through the motions. There is pleasure, there is pain, but above all there is that tremendous sense of well being and accomplishment, coupled with the never ending call of the iron. Yes, I know you hear it too. Late at night when you’ve had a hard day’s work and all you can think about is going to bed. It’s that little voice that beckons you to change into your gym clothes, dig out the iPod, scrape the ice off the windshield and trek out to the gym for a quick 45 min total body blast before it closes. I feel your pain, I’m afflicted as well. Thankfully the consequences of slipping on an icy New England driveway are much less harmful than those that accompany spending every night elbow deep in a tub of Ben & Jerry’s. But I digress. What the core values of the Air Force represent to me are being honest, doing what you need to do when you need to do it, and simply being the best that you can be.

How many of us act as though the entire world were watching us in all of our actions? I strive to live as though the entire world had access to my life via a TV show. Having integrity means honestly following through with your actions. If you set a goal to go to the gym three times a week and you don’t follow through, no one will know right? Wrong. You will know, and you will be acting dishonestly towards yourself. Hold yourself accountable and have integrity first and do what you say you will do.

“Service before self.” In the military this means putting your job and your duty before your own personal needs or wants. The service or duty is exercising and eating right, and this comes before any desires for other unhealthy activities. I may want to stay in bed all day, but by living by the above statement my commitment and service to myself always comes first.

“Excellence in all that we do.” In the Military it doesn’t matter whether you are folding a T-shirt or you are in charge of security for an entire base, you will do your job to the utmost of your abilities. There is no room to do anything half way. The old adage, “If it’s worth doing, it’s worth doing it the right way” is something we can all embrace in our training as well. I challenge all who read this to raise their hand if they have ever sacrificed exercise form in order to lift more weight (note: if you didn’t raise your hand you are being dishonest or you injured yourself using poor form and can’t get your arm over your head!) My point is, make an effort to do things the right way. Be the excellent person that you know you can be. Be an example of excellent form and technique no matter what you are doing.

 "by Gina Paulhus, owner of Home Bodies in-home fitness training, helping clients get in shape working out at home across New England since 2004."


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