Your definition of fitness may be different than my fitness, but what is important is that we embrace whatever it means to us individually. I believe that the most important ideas to understand is what motivates us to go the gym when there are 100 other things we could be doing, what motivates us to eat healthy when there are 10 easy, poor food choices at our finger tips, what motivates us to talk about fitness when most are not. Once that motivation factor is understood, we are somewhat unstoppable in our minds and that where it has to begin.
This hit me about four years ago when then our four year old son and I were running around playing. I was in rough shape, I could barely keep up with him and I felt like I was going to pop a hamstring at any moment. I thought to myself, “wow I need to make a change”.. I want to be able not only to kick my kids butts when they are twenty, but I want to be able to kick my grand kids butts someday also. In order to achieve that I need to be around then, so it is important to me that I am as healthy as I can be. For me that’s getting in the gym under awesome direction and personal training guidance from my trainer at least four times a week, maintaining a clean and healthy diet, getting 7 to 9 hours of sleep and keeping my stress level low.
We all have stress in various forms, but it is important that we understand that there will always be some types of stress in our lives that needs to be handled. To me stress is just a test of how we will handle ourselves and if we can learn something from each situation that we are put into.
My motivation is my family, they need me to be around for a long time and I am going to do everything possible to do that. There are times for all of us that we don’t feel like going to the gym, but those are the best times to go and get a great session in. We overcome our mental block of what’s the big deal if we miss one, when we all know that it only takes one time for our mind to win that turns into two or three missed sessions. Don’t let your mind win in those situations, there is no better feeling then finishing a workout when we didn’t think we could do it, or didn’t feel like doing it.
We are all busy in our lives, but we need to understand what is most important to us and embrace the time we have. We are all very fortunate to have to ability to move and complete every day activities, but these should not be taken for granted.
What does fitness mean to you, what are your motivators?