Fitness - A Wise Investment
Imagine if an old friend were to confide in you about an investment that was
impossible to fail...how would you react? Also suppose there was huge amount of
supporting evidence for the investment claims...wouldn't you be inclined to take
advantage of the opportunity and not miss out on the rewards? Although the
answer to these questions seems obvious, when it comes to investing in our
health and quality of life we often choose to ignore what obviously works. Take
for example, exercise...
Physical fitness may be the
ultimate investment opportunity. Think of it this way. If you are willing to
make the commitment (investment), you will feel and look healthier, have an
abundance of energy, be more self-confident, more productive and discover a more
joyous and fulfilling life. These are rewards that money cannot buy and the
substance of high quality living. And, the investment of exercise becomes even
more attractive when you consider that there is absolutely no down-side risk.
You have everything to gain and nothing to lose. How much better can it get? How
many times can you remember ever having a better offer? The honest answer is
probably never, and yet many of us fail to act on this extraordinary
opportunity. We simply choose to procrastinate or ignore the proven benefits of
Here are a few reasons that sometimes inhibit our willingness to "step out"
and make a change or take a chance:
- Sometimes our vision gets clouded. We lose tract of what is really
important. Forget about the less important activities that tend to clutter our
daily routine and focus on exactly what needs to be accomplished to reach your
- Looking at the "big" picture can seem overwhelming. And the bigger the
task, the more overwhelming it can seem. Break the task apart into smaller
pieces. If you want to lose 50 pounds try losing 10 pounds and repeat the
process five times! Need to start an exercise program? Begin with short, simple
exercises and then slowly expand your routine. Don't exercise too hard when
first starting-out or you will become stiff, tired, disillusioned and soon quit.
- Have you ever not wanted to start something for fear of failure? Take the
first step, acknowledge the fear and the next step will come easier. Once fears
are acknowledged, they usually quiet down.
- Sometimes we start to think that a task is unpleasant or boring. Just like
any other activity, this can also be true for exercise. There are days when we
just plain lack the enthusiasm and motivation to continue. It's part of human
nature. On days like these focus on 'why' you are doing it. Think about all the
people you care about and who may need and rely on you. What would happen if you
became ill or disabled and was unable to work for a period of time, or worse, if
you were out of the picture completely. How would things change? If something
happened tomorrow, how would your family or business manage without you? What do
you want your life to be like in the future? There are many tasks or chores we
do, that we may not like, but are necessary to live a happen and productive
life. Focus on the bigger picture.
- Indecision can be defeating, but doing "anything" is better than doing
nothing. There are no wrong choices and very few choices that can't be undone or
done again. Can't decide on a particular exercise program or routine? Pick a few
exercises and start with something simple. If you don't like it, go on to the
- When you lack the confidence to start something new, take a deep breath and
try to figure out why. Are you hesitating because you really lack the skill or
is it just imagined? If it's real, try to find out where to gain the skills you
need or find someone with the right skills who can help. In the case of
exercise, finding a qualified personal fitness trainer can sometimes do the
trick, but be wary...some PFT's are overzealous and tend to start newcomers on
programs that are too strenuous.
- Life just seems too busy to find time for some activities. Large,
uninterrupted chunks of time are very hard to come by. And if we're honest, when
they do come, we'd rather do something totally pleasurable! Exercise has to
become part of your routine. It can't be an option. Make it a high priority just
the same as your career, and other areas of interest. You will be surprised at
how easy exercise becomes when approached this way!
- Have you ever subconsciously (or otherwise) invited distractions so that
you have a "good" reason not to get something done? Sometimes it's the simple
things like answering the phone or sitting down to watch that "one" TV program,
that distract us. When you find yourself doing this, take control of the
situation and make a conscious decision to do what you are avoiding.
To get the full benefits of exercise or any other fitness
endeavor, you must agree to become a willing participant. This will require
commitment on your part. And remember, as you embark on your mission you are
investing in something near and dear to your own heart...your life and a future
of healthy living.
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