We’ve all had that moment. That moment when we tell ourselves “it’s time to get healthy” and for most of us, that’s as far as it gets. The lure of the everyday routine we’ve built is too great, the disruption too much to deal with. What if though, you are a step passed that. Not all in but not ready to back out. Now it’s time to find your decision.
For some, it’s a more complicated decision than most. The time, money and commitment. It can seem daunting. I have work, kids, a husband or wife, school, hobbies, friends, etc. I don’t have time to fit this in. Yet we instinctively know it’s importance. Why? Your body is talking and for a long time you’ve been ignoring it, but now your paying attention. You might feel sluggish, constantly tired, overweight, overstressed, weak or just lacking.
My biggest hurdle when I started was the feeling of self-consciousness. Not that I was out of shape, which I was, but how I felt when I did a workout. It felt awkward and almost unnatural. I felt vain like it made my body look disproportionate. All these things were telling me to stop….so I did. Why do we tell ourselves this? In a way, we’ve made the fitness realm just that, it’s own side niche where only “those people” belong. It’s not a bad hobby to have but it’s not “normal” either.
Truth is, we were made to move. Made to lift, bend, stoop, carry, throw, jump and climb. The advent of better and better technology has crushed that natural tendency to the point that we have to seek out physical activity instead of it being a part of our day-to-day lives.
Finding my decision happened when I had my first son. I knew right then that I wanted to be around as long as possible and be able to play with him as much as possible. So I started. First with running which then was a Segway into lifting. It was awkward but I found my reason to make the decision.
If you are still on the fence, it’s time to do some soul-searching. If you are reading this, you are ready.
The anxiety of joining a gym, of telling the people your with of your decision or the amount of effort it will take on your part to fit it in and make it work does not compare to the feeling of accomplishment and sense of self-worth you will gain when you decide to quit waiting and get to work.
Wrapping it up: there are many reasons to start living a healthier Lifestyle. More than reasons not to. When you take yourself seriously people will take you and your decisions seriously. Once you begin you’ll see how amazing it is and how much better you feel about yourself right away. It doesn’t have to consume your life or completely derail your existence. It simply has to begin…and it begins with a decision, one that you have to find for yourself.
In my next two articles, I’m going to discuss finding your time: how to fit it all in and the motivation to do so as well as finding your program; what’s right for your goals as a beginner or someone with decent ability but isn’t quite sure where to start. We’ll keep it simple and as effective as possible.
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