There are many benefits to being physically fit. We all know this. This isn’t some new headline news we just discovered. Nobody truly wants to be overweight, but 29% of Canadian adults are obese, with an even higher 58% of the Canadian population being overweight.
This is a serious risk, physically and mentally. But the media has altered our system of thinking. Instead of making us want to work for our own progress, to believe that we can achieve, it has made us doubt ourselves constantly, crushed our dreams, made the rich richer, the poor poorer. If you have poor self-esteem and look in a current magazine I’m sure you’ll lose all hope that you can even compare to what’s inside. Which is a bunch of bull shit. It has made us compare, compete, and destroy each other, instead of loving, motivating and encouraging others. It has taught us that focusing on ourselves isn’t worth it or makes you selfish. It has created the perfect environment for us to fail.
No one is going to care about your body and that’s why you have to. Cause you are worth so much more. No one is going to walk up to you and offer to save your life from the shit you’ve put it through up until now. If you’ve spent the last 10 years avoiding, belittling and hating yourself, you should expect that it will take time reprogram those thoughts.
I have spent the last 5 years trying to focus on this mindset and am constantly always learning and growing. There is never and end.
FACT: People that can successfully stay physically fit do better in all aspects of their life.
Physical fitness teaches you hard work and determination. You are rewarded by the changes in your body, and your ability to perform. But are also humbled through challenges, plateaus, injuries and setbacks. These skills involved in the process of physical development are the same tools that help bring personal success to your life. Living in denial, unhappy with yourself, blaming the world for your problems and expecting a different outcome is downward spiral thinking. It will require effort to change your belief system to an optimistic view.
- Find people that motivate and inspire you: You don’t need to know these people. Having a role model or an ideal vision of the type of person you want to be is the key to moving forward. Focus on people with similar interests to you, people you feel you can relate to. Then start portraying that version of yourself you have in your mind. Let that vision grow and adapt as you do, don’t worry you’ll never “become” your role model. You are not copying anyone. You are creating yourself, using little bits of inspiration from many people. Don’t limit your vision, anything is possible.
- Take action: The best place to start is to commit daily. Ideally one hour of physical activity would be a great goal. This could be broken down into 30 minutes of cardio (your choice) plus 30 minutes of strength training (focused to your level). Don’t worry about where you’re starting from, focus on where you are heading. There will always be peaks and valleys. Reach out for help if you need it.
- Focus on Nutrition: The things that fuel you are just as important as the time you spend working out. Eat healthier and avoid eating out. Protein is extremely important in muscle development so if this is something you are working towards you should be consuming around your weight in grams of protein/day. Don’t restrict, the system here is to learn how to listen to your real hunger cues again. This is a difficult area and should be very personalized. Quick fix diet plans are not the long term solution.
- Educate: Self-Education is probably the best place to start. Read books, google exercises or nutrition articles and share them. Part of this process of growth is to admit where you are starting from and be proud of the direction you’re going. Once you educate yourself the mission will be educating others and helping them start their own process.
I’m sure you’ve heard the saying before “change is the only thing that is constant”.
You have to want positive change, adapt to situations more easily and get used to discomfort. A person that is successful is constantly changing, adapting, growing and working on themselves.
Starting to make change isn’t that hard it’s leaving old habits and breaking old patterns that is not easy. But, like a rock thrown in a pond, every small change creates a ripple effect. Inspiring change in others creates a cycle that inspires change around the world. Learning by living is how life goes.