My biggest issue with people and fitness these days, is they just don’t take it seriously enough. People treat their health as an afterthought, something they might or “should” get around to. You know, eventually. When the time is right. Like, on Monday–”That’s when I’ll start! Yes, Monday. Done. Got it.” And then people wonder why (statistically speaking) almost everyone fails, why pretty much no one can stick to a program. Well, I can tell you. Because people aren’t seeing fitness for what it is: A fight for the right to your quality of life.
Fitness matters. And look, it’s not all about adding years to your existence on earth, either. Because that may or may not happen. Probably it will happen, but the real reason you workout and refuse to eat like any old hog at a trough, is so you can have more confidence and self-assurance and not be so sad and pathetic and a push over. Because your health is often a direct assessment of your self-respect.
So if you want other people to respect you, then you start by respecting yourself. You begin by holding a higher standard, and by establishing a bit of consistency and discipline. You don’t have to be perfect, because nobody is. You only have to be better than you were the day before and keep on with trying to repeat the process. Now, sometimes you’ll slip up, and that’s OK. I promise. But what you can’t do, is keep putting this off. You can’t keep saying you’ll start on Monday. Because, come on. Be an adult about this.
And here’s the thing: Your fitness isn’t all about you, you know. Really, you workout and you eat right in order that you can not only keep up with your kids (assuming you have kids, maybe you don’t–doesn’t matter), but to give them and everyone you surround yourself with someone to look up to. Your presence is an influence no matter what. So why not make it a positive one? THIS is why fitness matters.
Time to start taking it seriously.
PS – You might also enjoy this selection of workouts.