A client recently asked why we always find deterrents to fitness. She stressed that she would love to be active, love to move around and more than everything else, she would love to be fit and trim. And yet when she gets home after work she says the only thing she wants to do is eat and sit in front of the television until bedtime. We all can understand this state of mind. We might not be that way but we understand because we all have come home tired after a day’s work and wanted nothing more to do but rest.
What are the deterrents to fitness?
The above deterrents pertain to all of us in different ways. They do not discriminate. A health practitioner may love to run but he is a heavy smoker so his lung capacity is poor, causing poor endurance. A talented body builder who develops diabetes, hypertension and hyperlipidemia finds himself unable to perform like he used to due to his health issues. A TV addict sees no need to be active because the TV provides enough action to keep her occupied. A woman who gained a lot of weight during and after pregnancy is now embarrassed to go dancing because she lost her sense of self-worth. A man who works in a high-paced brokerage firm says when he gets home all he wants to do is sit and drink his scotch because he is too stressed out. Ad infinitum!
We all have encountered people along the way who fit these deterrents, as well as our own self. It is not an easy task because it requires mental work upon the self. I see everything in life as a “one day at a time” solution. The expectations are the same, meaning removing the deterrents, but the process must be followed with a “now” technique.
For all the ones who have a hard time with the concept of fitness, I want to take another route with you. Let us look at fitness as a Special Event outcome with a Red Carpet moment. The light at the door and the color red mean that you proclaim victory over the deterrents that apply to you.
What suggestions can I provide in order to remove the deterrents to fitness?
- Start by declaring the ‘ME” status by acknowledging your endurance level, your health, your finances etc…
- Define your like. Some ideas might be: gardening, walking, running, jogging, dancing, hiking, swimming, bicycling, badminton, tennis, aerobics, yoga, zumba and so on.
- Choose an important event you would like to attend showcasing your activity.
- Determine what outfit you would be interested in wearing at that event.
- Build up an energy field toward what you really desire by doing a mantra, your own prayer that reflects your goal.
- Go to the library or the bookstore or use the internet to immerse more into your like.
- Figure out how to balance your finances so you can divert some money toward your chosen activity, if need be.
- Consider meeting or talking to people who have the same interests.
- Gather all the articles, the images, the videos you have collected and save them in a folder that you can peruse at your leisure.
- Give thanks for all the help you are getting.
- Day 1 of your activity. Savor it because it is a victory. You made it to this point. Focus on your expectations. You may be sore the next day and the day after but you have a goal and it is that event you are preparing for, so do not desist.
- You are today walking on the red carpet. You feel fit. You are strong. You hold your body upright. You are confident about yourself. You are a winner.
So, good luck at the Special Event of your choice, be it a hiking trip, a tennis match or a gardening competition! Be the best that you can be because it is all about you!