You only get one body. You do not, I repeat, you do not ever, under any circumstances, get another body. Sure, you may get a steel hip, or a titanium knee, or a new organ, but you will never get the chance to get another body. Therefore, it is necessary that you take care of the body you have.
Your every day actions demonstrate your values and beliefs. You are kind to others. You always stop at a child’s lemonade stand. You bring dinner to the new parents down the street, or give your elderly neighbor a ride to church, even if you don’t attend yourself. But does your daily routine demonstrate that you also value yourself and your own body?
We spend a lot of time taking care of others, and this indeed is an important part of your well being. But do you take care of you so you can take care of others? Do you treat your body with the same amount of respect that you treat those you admire? Do you allow yourself time to keep your body healthy so it can fuel you to live with less stress, speak kinder words, and generally make you feel good?
Let me be clear. “FIT” is NOT synonymous with the following:
one size fits all
an overnight change
Being fit is a way of life. Being active makes you feel good (no, really, exercise releases endorphins which are proven to lift your mood). And mostly, being fit allows you the freedom to live life with more energy to do the things you want to do.
I challenge you to think about the following: what does fit mean to you? Who do you want to be fit for? What do you want to be fit to do? Let these answers start your warm up and fuel you through the workout. Soon enough, exercise will feel natural, like a seamless part of your life.