Need an extra boost of fitness motivation? I’m not going to sugar coat you. No matter what your mom told you, not all dreams come true. If you’re in your 40s and have a 9 to 5 job, you won’t become Warren Buffet or walk on the moon in this lifetime. If you can’t even count change back at a store, you won’t become the next Einstein. And if you screwed up your body with drugs, junk food and alcohol, don’t expect it to function at its peak. Even though certain things cannot be changed, it doesn’t mean you should give up. You might not be able to start all over, but you can make the most out of what you already have.
So, if you’re looking for fitness motivation tips, here you go!
The Body Remembers All
Your body remembers everything, including that extra glass of wine you had 10 years ago or the box of cookies you ate last night. It might not show right away, but it will eventually. People don’t just wake up one morning with heart disease, high cholesterol, obesity and other chronic diseases. These problems take years to develop, being the result of poor eating, lack of exercise, and wrong lifestyle choices. Genetics play a role but are not the sole contributing factor. What you eat and drink, how much you sleep, and how you live your life matter more than your genes.
Maybe you’re one of those people who feel entitled to eat and drink everything in sight because they only have one life. If I had a nickel for every time I heard that….“Well, I only live once. I want to enjoy everything life has to offer.” Do you really think that when you’ll be in your 80s, you’ll remember the cookie you had every day after work, or the oversized dinner you ordered last weekend? Actually, you might not even reach that age, especially if you’re obese or have cardiovascular problems. How many obese people in their 80s have you seen so far? Probably, not too many.
What you will remember in your 80s are the shots you missed. You’ll feel sorry for not chasing your dreams, not eating healthier, not exercising, and not being the best version of yourself. You will find yourself watching TV and browsing magazines thinking “I could have had a body like that. I could have been happier, healthier, and fulfilled. But I’ve made the wrong choices.”
Have you ever allowed yourself to discover what your body is capable of? Do you have any idea how strong you are and how far you can go? If you knew, you would be amazed. There is only one problem. You only have one shot. That’s it.
Do you have any idea how strong you are and how far you can go? If you knew, you would be amazed.
Get Back to the Basics for Better Health
I would like to be able to tell you that it’s never too late to start eating clean, exercise, and change your lifestyle, but if I did I would be lying. If your health is really messed up, you might not be able to do too much about it. But you can improve your quality of life by making small lifestyle changes. Stop procrastinating and take action! That’s all you need to do. Just hit the gym, clean up your diet, and get your butt off the couch! You spend more time finding excuses not to exercise or eat clean than it would take to actually do these things.
You spend more time finding excuses not to exercise or eat clean than it would take to actually do these things.
A healthy diet is all about getting back to basics. Like Julia Child said, “you don’t have to cook fancy or complicated masterpieces – just good food from fresh ingredients.” The same goes for exercise. You don’t even need a gym membership. From running and jogging to bodyweight exercises, there are plenty of ways to stay active.
Of course, if you want to get ripped or attend fitness contests, you’ll have to work harder. But now we’re talking about the average person who just wants to be healthy, happy, and fit. Some people are fine with the little “extra fluff” if they are strong and athletic.
It’s you against you. It’s a battle of wills. No one will fight for you.
Start small, listen to your body, and be consistent. Try to find a balance in your life. It’s you against you. It’s a battle of wills. No one will fight for you. Every decision you make today will affect your future life. Your body doesn’t forget a half night of lost sleep, the hours you spend on the couch, or the feast you have every weekend when you go out. Just think about this next time you’re about to skip your workout or eat those damn cookies…