I’ve been doing some thinking in the recent months (ok, let’s be honest…years…) about what it means to be living a healthy, happy life. And now is the perfect time to reflect over the past year, “what do I want the next year to look and feel like?”
I’ve been considering what the values are which play a part of creating a life I love, and how can I use this thought process to assist in coaching others to finding their success in these same realms. To help find their “why” in making lifestyle changes. As we know, change is not the easiest thing to manage.
What I’ve come up with is this: fitness is freedom.
We hear much about the benefits to financial freedom- the ability to be debt-free and thus worry free- to live in abundance. Along those same lines, being physically fit can free you up to live a happier, more productive and fulfilling life.
When I say “fit” what comes to mind? Is it an overwhelming ideal of physical perfection? Or you, only half the size? It’s important to make the distinction that, yes, weight loss can help to improve your health, but it’s not the end-all-be-all to health.
All too often we get focused on the aesthetic motivation surrounding fitness; weight loss, body image, etc. This can be a powerful motivator. But… what keeps you going beyond the goal of fitting into that “little black dress”? What happens when things get stagnant and you plateau? Bored? You can do a LOT of things to meet weight loss goals that have NOTHING to do with health or fitness; surgery or restrictive dieting, are great examples. You WILL lose weight, you WILL get in that little dress or skinny jeans. But…will you be able to climb stairs carrying groceries without losing your breath? NO. What’s happening with your metabolism and hormones, are they improving? NO.Will you be skinny on the inside? NO.
You’ve probably guessed where I’m going here…
Fitness allows you to say “YES” more, which is freeing in and of itself. YES, I’ll try that new Pilates studio class, it sounds fun. YES, I’ll join you for that hike and not feel like I’m going to die. YES, I’ll try sea kayaking in the Alps. YES, I’ll join you on a hike to some remote hotsprings. YES, I’ll try on that dress and enjoy shopping. Choosing your own adventure is liberating! Limitless possibilities!
Fitness opens the door for you to try new adventures. Fitness enables you to feel more comfortable and good in your body. Fitness creates more confidence and self esteem. When you’re fit it’s not a Herculean effort to get to the gym and stay motivated because you’re not doing it just to be thin, you’re doing it for the quality of life you want to have; it’s because you want to be able to dress yourself and go for walks in in your 70’s, 80’s and 90’s. Maybe in small European towns? Maybe just around your block. Or maybe, you just want to be able to pick up your grandkids someday.
The choice is yours. The options are endless when you’re taking care of your body and the focus is on achieving and maintaining YOUR optimal health.
BE FREE. FITNESS IS THE WAY. Start now! Get moving! Start small and work your way up. Begin today!
Also, let me know how I may help?! I’m here for you!!! Seriously. What are you waiting for? I’m not scary, I’m knowledgeable, dependable, fun and friendly and I LOVE helping people improve their lives. It’s my passion…