Gandhi is given credit for this saying: “Your beliefs become your thoughts; the thoughts become your words; words become your actions; actions become your habits; habits become your values; values become your character; character becomes your destiny.” In my last blog, I talked about prioritizing fitness, as this is the only way we’re ever going to get fit and stay fit. Remember, by staying fit, not only does your quality of life increase, but people who love you get to have you around longer, and everything we do seems to be more productive and less difficult. BAM! I like that. I’m not saying that it’s easy, but ask a child who can enjoy having a healthy parent around if it’s worth it. Need I go on?
A problem arises when fitness has to become a habit
I know we believe in fitness, and I know our thoughts are pro-fitness. Heck, we even talk about how great fitness can be, but, and I’m talking about a big ‘but’ here (pun intended), transforming those words into actions, then into habits, is where the breakdown occurs. In the Other 8 Hours we have each day, we have all established habits and actions which directly leads to our quality of life, and ultimately, the number of our final days. If fitness isn’t one of those habits, we’re missing something very special. In his book, The Power of Habit, Pulitzer Prize author Charles Duhigg says this: “And though each habit means relatively little on its own, over time, the meals we order, what we say to our kids each night, whether we save or spend, how often we exercise, and the way we organize our thoughts and work routines have enormous impacts on our health, productivity, financial security, and happiness.” So, what gets in the way of developing good fitness habits in those Other 8 Hours?
I believe the Terrible Too’s may be the cause. These are the Terrible Too’s I’ve had to listen to over the years. Really, it’s just too sad to hear them over and over and over, and watch perfectly wonderful people miss out on what life really has to offer those who prioritize fitness. Here’s three of them:
- Too tired: I bet! Everyone’s tired, but those who are fit whine about it less. You want more energy? Then get in a ‘hit it, git it, yo mama’ workout 4 times per week. They’re only 45 minutes long. You certainly have 45 minutes, now make it happen.
- Too busy: Seriously? What in the world are you doing that’s more important than taking care of yourself? We cannot be who we deserve to be by eliminating fitness from our lives. Drop something in your schedule right now and get going. What you miss is far less important than what you’ll gain, like self-confidence and joy.
- Too hard: Of course fitness is hard. It’s like everything else you’ve mastered. We are good at what we’ve made important in our lives. And, anything that is worth doing is rarely easy.
Until next time. BAM!
-George Mangum M.A., Heritage LifeFit Fitness Director