We all are aware of the role fitness plays in our life. It helps us to perform better at all the things we do in life and lets us enjoy life a little extra. A fit person is more energetic, confident and has a positive outlook towards life. When I talk about fitness, it’s not just on the physical plane but on the level of mind as well. For me, it’s about creating a balance between the physical and the mental self. It’s about being totally present and happy in the moment.
I started my fitness journey two years ago at a gym and have gradually moved on to calisthenics, swimming, running, yoga and meditation. All of these activities have taught me valuable life lessons. I strongly feel that the lessons that I’ve learned can help you on your fitness journey as well.
Becoming healthy is the best decision I have ever made.
Listed below are the top 5 lessons that will help you on your fitness journey:
- Find your ‘WHY’
The first thing that you need to do is ask yourself why you want to achieve it. If you know your ‘WHY’ than the ‘HOW’ becomes easy. Your ‘WHY’ will act as a fuel to motivate you to achieve your goals. My ‘WHY’ for being fit is more freedom in life. I believe that being in peak physical and mental shape gives me more freedom to enjoy life and be the best version of myself. Form a crystal clear image of the result you want and use your ‘WHY’ to reach there.
- Accept yourself as ‘YOU’ are
A lot of times we start comparing ourselves with others. It’s good as long as it acts as a fuel and not something that makes you feel bad about yourself. Everyone is unique in their own way. We must learn to accept ourselves completely as we are. Only then we can become what we want to. Learn to be comfortable in your own skin and don’t go by standards set by the society about fitness. Start your journey by being grateful for where you are right now and enjoy the process.
- Be Consistent, Persistent & Disciplined
When asked about their secret to success, most of the athletes answered the above 3 things as their keys to success. Your fitness journey is like life. There will be good days, bad days and worst days. The discipline you show on the bad and worst days will determine how far you reach in your fitness journey. Taking small steps each day will reap you larger benefits than showing up only on days you feel good about it. The more you are at it, the better you get at it. That’s how life and fitness both work.
- Do it for ‘YOURSELF’
More than anything, my biggest motivation is being a better ME. I do it purely for myself. I feel that my fitness affects all aspects of my life and being fit helps me contribute more to my life and that of others. On my journey, I have learned that fitness is so much more than external appearances. It’s a state of mind that helps balance the physical and the mental. Even though the way to your goal seems dark now, you can get there if you keep pushing a little bit each day.
- Trial and Error works well in fitness as well as in life
My fitness journey went from working out in a gym to working out outdoors. As I kept trying different things, I learned what works best for me. As I started applying what I learned, I achieved the results I desired. My advice would be to experiment with things and see what works best for you. Variations add fun and open up dimensions of unlimited possibilities.
Don’t make ‘fitness’ your sole life purpose. There’s so much more to life than it. For me, it’s a vehicle to move on to a more advanced state of consciousness. More importantly, strive to get better every time you are at it. Find out your strong zones and make them stronger. At the same time, don’t shy away from your weaknesses. Attack them and convert them into your strengths.
Taking care of your mind and body will benefit you as well as everyone around you. Celebrate your achievements. Help people who are on the same path as you. Use the 21/90 Rule. Do something for 21 days and it becomes a habit & do something for 90 days and it becomes your lifestyle.
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