I know. Some people are just genetically awesome and could eat big macs every day then go run a half marathon with very little training. I have a friend like this.
However, for the rest of us, getting healthy and staying fit is a struggle, a daily effort, something that we know we should do, it’s a pain in the butt, it’s too time consuming… it’s… it’s… well.
One thing is for sure.
Getting fit is a decision.
It’s like anything else we try to go after in life. No one starts out perfect at it and we have to work to achieve the goals we set for ourselves. That’s right. It takes work. It takes setting goals. It takes making a conscience effort to wake up and say, “not only is part of my day going to consist of getting fit, but my life is going to consist of living healthy.”
It’s not easy.
It’s not easy for me and it’s not easy for a lot of people. But it can be done. It reminds me that this whole notion falls in line with something else I believe in.
Happiness is a decision.
You see. We can’t wish that reading a good book on fitness or hanging around fit people will make us fit. In the same thought, we can’t count on others to make us happy. We have to go there on our own first. It’s something that we have to decide we are going to do first.
Fitness is the same way. We have to take steps on our own (no pun intended) to get to the gym, to get into that fitness class or put those running shoes on.
WE… you and me… have to do this ourselves, but as we do it, we can find inspiration in others to help keep us going. We can find community in others who will keep us accountable to our goals we set for our soon to be more fit and healthy lives. We can find programs, classes and clubs that will help us get there.
WE can do things to turn the environment around us into one that helps promote a healthy lifestyle.
It’s possible. It takes a little planning but it’s possible.
So, for all those who are about to come into the new year of 2013 with a resolution to get fit and healthy. Let me help you with a piece of advice.
Do this because you want it. Do this because you need it to be part of your life’s DNA. Do it because it’s something that you want to last and not something you are going to just devote 90 days to. Do it because your spouse and your kids need you to be healthy. Do it because you become a better boss, CEO, employee. Do it for the balance it brings to your life. Do it because God gives us these little gifts of responsibility like taking care of our bodies… not just our minds and spirit.
My life verse has always been “I can do everything through Him who gives me strength” Philippians 4:13. When you have God as your source of strength, it makes life a little easier to go that extra mile in your running shoes when you want to stop.
Do this because you can.
But it has to start with you. You can do this.