FITNESS TIP OF THE DAY:
Appreciate the lessons you learn from your fitness journey.
Whether you have a short term fitness goal (i.e., dropping one or two dress sizes to fit into your wedding dress, competing in your first “Tough Mudder”, getting back on the ski hill after minor knee surgery) or are making fitness an important part of your day-to-day routine, the journey (like life) is destined to have incredible highs and devastating lows. Your attitude and what you learn from the achievements and mistakes along the way is what defines you in the end.
The culmination of these experiences inevitably change us physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. The difference between having a good experience or negative one is based solely on our perceptions. Unfortunately, because exercise is so heavily focused on the physical aspects of change, it can be hard to remain positive when you don’t see results as fast as you would have hoped. Whether you are looking to lose weight, gain muscle mass, improve muscle tone, look better, or perform better, the results you achieve are often short-lived, unless ongoing training maintains them for longer.
Making the Experiences “Count”
The most valuable opportunity for growth and change that occur as a part of any fitness program are those that affect how you think and what you feel. For example, if you finish three sets of Bench Press (125 pounds; 15 repetitions per set), you physically completed the same amount of “work” regardless of whether you “felt” good about it or was disappointed. You may feel good about the workout because this was the most weight you’d ever done before. On the other hand, you could be disappointed because you had a bad day at work and it put you in a “sour” mood at the gym. Happiness is a “choice” and if you plan on making fitness a long term endeavor, you’re better off focusing on creating a positive experience each and every time. A negative attitude just leads to less time being physically active and fewer (if any) results.
Chasing after a fitness goal is an exciting learning opportunity where you get to find out who you really ARE as a human being and it gives you a chance to ask yourself (and answer) the following questions:
- Am I strong enough to do this?
- Am I dedicated enough to myself to do the right thing?
- Can I get back up again if I fall?
- If I don’t have the support of others, can I motivate myself to complete my task?
- Am I a good role model? Do I deserve to be one?
- Can I accept who I am as a person regardless of what I look like in the mirror?
The only way you will know the answers to these (and many more) questions is if you are willing to accept the journey and learn about yourself along the way. Keep an open mind and get as much as you can out of the experience. What you learn about yourself will last a lifetime!