Fitness and physical activity is so important for a variety of reasons that most people are already aware of. Everyone knows, people need to eat right and get active to stay in a healthy weight range and avoid the numerous health complications that come from being overweight or obese. We’re talking heart disease, diabetes, cancer, the list goes on and on.
Everyone already knows this stuff, but the problem with really getting through to people is that so many of them view exercise as a chore. Something rather unpleasant they know they should be doing, feel guilty about not doing, but still aren’t doing! What I’m saying is, while most people know that exercise is a positive thing on an intellectual level, they still associate it with a lot of negativity on an emotional level. Lets face it, we’re much more motivated by our emotions than our intelligence a lot of the time. Am I wrong?
People are often asking me how I stay so motivated to stick to my exercise program. I get a lot of compliments from people who tell me how much they admire my level of commitment and dedication. It’s always nice to get a compliment, but to be honest I don’t really feel like I’m doing anything particularly amazing, because training is something I enjoy and am passionate about. Does it really take a great deal of commitment and dedication to set aside an hour a day to do something you enjoy, which greatly adds to your quality of life?
If there’s just two things I wish I could get across to more people, it would be this;
- You CAN find an enjoyable way to exercise.
- Exercise is the vehicle towards having an amazing life.
Even for those of us who don’t have a sporting background or any kind of competitive spirit…. in fact, especially for those people, participating in regular physical activity and exercise is essential in achieving a great life.
Lets look at this in reverse. I’ve talked a lot about the benefits of taking care of your health, but lets use the opposite example. Lets picture ourselves as someone who’s just gone to work, come home and sat down in front of the TV with some take away junk food and a 6 pack of beer or a bottle of wine. Maybe we run around after our kids as well, jump online to post a status update about how bad our day was, and then we’re feeling pretty tired from a hard day of boring work, so we crash out early and then get up and do it all over again. Then on the weekend we’ll have a chance to recover, catch up housework and maybe get together with friends or family to compare notes. Lets not forget about our cigarette and chocolate breaks throughout the day at work as well, at least we’ve got that to look forward to!
Now lets picture ourselves after doing this well into middle age. By now we’re pretty worn out, most likely suffering from at least one or two health conditions, and doing our est to avoid ever looking into a full length mirror because we’re quite badly out of shape and don’t feel very good about our body image.
So with this lifestyle and these health conditions, how much fun are you having? How much fun have you been having for the past few decades of your life? Now lets compare that picture to how our lives might look by the same age, having stayed active and using good nutritional habits. In this picture, we’re still in great shape, often told we look 5 or 10 years younger than we really are, and most importantly… imagine your emotional state after having spent almost every day of your life doing something positive and enjoyable.
I’ve always said, “a great life does not happen by accident, you have to make it happen”. In my opinion it comes together simply from doing something every day that is enjoyable, improves your health, and helps you to be the person you want to be.
Who do YOU want to be?