Spoiler alert: this post starts with a definition, get past it for the good stuff.
1. The state or condition of being fit; suitability or appropriateness.
2. Good health, especially good physical condition resulting from exercise and proper nutrition.
3. Biology The extent to which an organism is able to produce offspring in a particular environment.
Okay, now that that’s out of the way, and those of us with kids have had a chuckle at how fit we are since we have kids (see definition 3 above), I want to ask you a question: What does fitness mean to you? Does it mean a sixpack (abs…not beer)? Not having a spare tire? Running a six minute mile? Benching 400? Or just getting out of bed and not feeling terrible in the morning?
Fitness is a Process, Enjoy It!
Whatever fitness means to you, I always tell our members, make sure you know it’s a process. Some people think fitness is something that is a one shot deal (hint, it’s not), and some people look at the process of fitness and see it as so daunting that they simply never take the first step. Well, I’m here to tell you that it’s a lot of steps, but if you believe in yourself, and view fitness as a wonderful lifestyle, you can master the process. I work on it every day!
Let’s get this out there right off the bat: Fitness and living a fitness lifestyle isn’t a one time thing, and there is no magic bullet for it. It takes time, dedication, and perseverance. It takes waking up in the morning and saying “yes”, or “no” consistently all day. “Yes I will get to the gym” (preferably Flex Fit Studios), “No I don’t want that donut, those chips, that pizza, those three beers after work”, “Yes I’ll drink my water, take breaks from my desk and get to bed early instead of binge watching The “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” or “Stranger Things””, (look, don’t judge my Netflix binges and I won’t judge yours). It’s an all day thing, an all month thing, an all year thing. But you know the secret about fitness? It’s totally worth it! When you wake up and feel good about it, when you finish at the gym, or after a hike, or a swim; when you eat chicken and a salad with (gasp!) a little olive oil and vinegar instead of dressing, or when you go to the store and try on clothes and actually feel good about how they look. For me, that’s the secret to success in living a fitness lifestyle, it’s all the good feelings I get when those things happen. That’s what makes the commitment worth it.
Now don’t get me wrong, I slip up, like, a lot, because, well, pizza…but trying to maintain that consistency and those good feelings are what get me back on track, and what keep me there.
When you decide to take that first step, you need to ask yourself, “Why am I doing this?”, and the answer needs to be a good one. Maybe it’s one of the reasons I’ve given above, maybe it’s something different, maybe it makes sense to others, maybe it only makes sense to you. Whatever the reason is, take a hold of it, and turn it into all those good feelings. I promise, at the end of the day, week, month, year, or decade, you’ll be happy that you took that first step, and even happier you kept going.