-How disciplined you are in other daily or frequently recurring activities (uh, diet anyone?)
-How much effort you put into those activities, or barring that:
-How hard you push to complete or push those activities to the next level
Of course, regular workouts can also contribute to your well-being on a daily and ongoing basis, but I'm talking about the less frequently connected dots in life. For instance, little victories in life tend to lead to, or contribute to a belief that you can, accomplish small (and large) victories in other areas of life.
Take a look around the fabric of your week after a good workout or two. What did you accomplish in those workouts? What did you attempt? How did you challenge yourself?
Often, we find that the best victory (especially as you push past 40!) in a workout is finding out how much effort we could give. Realizing, 'damn, I didn't know I had it in me!'
Sometimes, it doesn't matter that you didn't reach the goal, or complete the WOD. What matters, and what is most exhilirating, is discovering a power within you that had been dormant or undiscovered. A power that surfaces through the expenditure of energy from a synergy of mind and body.
That is what lifts you up. That feeling is what drives you on. Empowerment makes you realize that you have barely tapped your own potential, and damn that feels good.
Here's my empowering workout from today. I really didn't know I had it in me, specifically that many pullups in one workout. I have been struggling with consistency and setting up the right combination of home gym equipment in my garage and backyard. Now, I can't wait to load up another 50 lb. sandbag and add weight to my pullups!
Warm-up at track:
-Joint rotations (see instructions here. Just scroll past the first paragraph for the videos.)
-3 laps (jog/walk; sprint/walk; sprint/walk)
Coupled those with:
Finger-only pullups: 3 sets of 3-4 (on a fat steel beam, thus the fingers only)
5 supersets of:
-Kipping&strict pullups: x 3-4 (not to failure)
-Sandbag 'hug' lift from floor, 100# x 1-2 (not going for failure)
-Single arm 'gas-mower starters' with 80-120# power band x 5 each
So now it's your turn. Go out and start exercising. Do what you do, Crossfitter, runner, triathlete, whatever. If you don't do anything, just walk. Really push yourself. Reach deep. When you want to quit, keep going. After you ignore that quitter a few times you might just forget about it altogether.
Chances are, you will discover something about yourself that was long forgotten, or perhaps you never even knew about.