Fitness Should Enhance Your Life, Not Consume It
More and more now days, I feel like people are getting this false persona of what fitness is really all about.
You hear people say things like, “Sorry I can’t go out tonight because I have to get at least 8 hours of sleep,” or “No dessert for me because that one slice of cake will ruin my diet plan.”
People who take fitness to the extremes can sometimes ruin it for people who simply want to live a healthier and more active lifestyle.
Here at Rohmer Fitness, I believe that fitness should be used to enhance your life, not consume it.
Fitness Used to Consume My Life
Believe it or not, my views on this industry weren’t always this way. Back in the day, I used to be one of those people who only cared about getting into the best shape possible.
I remember one summer in particular where I cut out all junk food from my diet, and I was really strict about what I could and couldn’t eat. Of course this meant I couldn’t enjoy many of the foods that my friends and family would eat.
Boy was it tough watching them eat dessert right in front of me! Not only that, but it was completely unnecessary.
One cookie or bowl of ice cream wouldn’t have made a big difference or ruined my diet, but back then I thought that it would. I can now say that my diet and life in general is much better since that time period.
I now regularly eat and enjoy a wide variety of foods. The best part of all is that I don’t have to look like a health nut in front of my friends and family.
I can still be fit AND relish on delicious food items with them. The good news is that you don’t have to make such big sacrifices in your life either!
Why it’s Better for Fitness to Enhance Your Life
Right now you might be thinking, “Thomas what do you care if fitness consumes my whole life as long as I’m in good shape?” My answer to that would be that I want you to be the best possible and complete version of yourself instead of just some one-dimensional meathead.
Seriously, there’s so much more to life than being in killer shape. It’s not like once you finally get a six-pack you’re done and you’ve achieved everything that’s possible in life.
Quite frankly, life would be pretty lame if that was the way things worked. By using fitness as a way to enhance your life you’ll now be able to focus on multiple areas of your life (finances, relationships, spiritual, etc.) instead of just one.
Being in good shape will give you more energy and allow you to grow in those other areas that I just mentioned. Seriously, how many successful people do you know of that are completely out of shape and dress horribly?
My guess is probably not very many. Plus there’s a good chance that the reason you started working out in the first place was to help improve another area of your life (i.e. becoming more attractive to the opposite sex or having more energy so you can keep up with your kids better).
So if fitness is taking up more of your time than you would like for it too, take a step back and remember the real reason why you started in the first place.
-Never lose sight of what matters most in life.
How Do You Want People to Remember You?
If doing nothing but working out and preparing/eating meals is what makes you happy, then by all means continue doing it. I just think that it’s better to be as complete of a person as you can possibly be.
That isn’t going to happen if you only focus your attention on health and fitness. Let me give you an example to better illustrate what I’m talking about.
Pretend for a second that you’re an NBA prospect who’s main skill is shooting the basketball and being a sniper from anywhere on the court. No doubt this is a great skill to have, but sadly you don’t do anything else (dribbling, defense, etc.) very well.
Do you think that you’ll get drafted ahead of the guy who shoots slightly worse than you but can play solid defense? The answer to that is no because NBA teams need players whom they can rely on to stop an opponent from scoring at least every now and then.
The same thing goes for being one dimensional and only caring about how your body looks. Eventually you’ll look back on your life and ask yourself, “Did I achieve everything that I wanted too?” and “Was I the best person that I could possibly be?”
Foresee into the future for a minute and put yourself at your own funeral. Do you think that people will talk about how ripped your abs were?
If anything it’ll come up as a joke and nothing more. If people do talk about your fitness life, it’ll most likely be to highlight some other positive characteristic about yourself such as having discipline, being a hard worker, etc.
When you see the bigger picture, you begin to realize what matters most in life and looking good just doesn’t top the list.
At the end of the day, fitness is just a small part of your life. Ask anyone what the 3 most important things in his or her life are and I’ll bet that health will be on that list, but it won’t be number 1.
I want you to see and use fitness as a way to better your life and improve your own self worth. This is something that I’ve talked about in another post, which I believe is one of the best that I have ever written.
So click the link below if you want to learn more.
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