Lots of you have written me about how to approach the time when you aren’t working out, once you aren’t following a meal plan and when you’re not scheduled to take part in a physical fitness event of some type. We tend to call these”off days” or “rest days,” some people even have an “off-season” and I often believe these names are fairly appropriate. I believe the significant idea or concept individuals who participate in and live the fitness lifestyle must have is that there’s never a time when our body is doing nothing. The only time that your body will even come close to doing nothing is when you’re dead and then it’s still doing something; it is called decaying.
However, on a serious note, we must get it in our heads that living healthy is more than a gym workout or a set of well-planned meals, it really is a lifestyle. Media and marketing do an excellent job of selling goods but they also have given many people an unrealistic idea of what being healthy is, what it looks like and how to live fit.
Popular Mindsets to Avoid
So often I speak to people who engage in bodybuilding and physique competitions. These are sports that I personally love and esteem. These sports are characterized by a massive number of amazing athletes and they’ve always had a firm place in my heart as some of my favourite personalities and friends. But most people (but seldom the athletes) often put the incorrect label on these folks and wrongly think of those people as the supreme symbol of the fitness lifestyle. In the vast majority of cases (there are exceptions) I will tell you that nothing could be farther from the truth. I lived that life for the vast majority of my life so I know what I am talking about.
In my experience most these individuals only take part in fitness lifestyle jobs around the clock when it is time to prepare for a competition. The remainder of the year most of them will not train for months at a time, they eat whatever they please and participate in binging, literally gorging themselves with food then turn around and initiate intense dieting practices to be able to get ready for their show. Besides this, the majority of the people I have known in such sports (including myself at one time) only exercise and eat”clean” at different times during the year during the years they’re competing.
Get to Know Yourself It’s Going to be a Long Ride
Living healthy (for life) is all about you becoming aware of your body’s fitness shortcomings and designing a lifestyle that will improve them and keep them at a high level. It’s really that easy. It is not a get ripped-up for summer then gain all of the weight back in the autumn type of lifestyle. Sure there are times when a healthy person might decide to take some part of fitness and improve it substantially so as to enjoy the benefits of it, but the thing to remember is that there is not any stopping point.
This is a vital concept that’s so easy, but so absent from most people’s lives. The fitness lifestyle never ceases. It does not end when you stop playing a game, it does not end when you get married and it does not end when you start your own business. There’s not any stopping point for people who live fit. Sure all of us have setbacks, struggles and challenges to overcome; but we defeat them. We all know that these drawbacks, struggles and challenges will be overcome while residing in the gym. In other words we don’t modify our lifestyle so as to take care of issues, we deal with problems while keeping our lifestyle. As simple as this sounds, I have discovered that this is possibly the hardest aspect of living healthy which most men and women deal with.
Of course there are foods, times and days when we do things which are contrary to our physical fitness beliefs and lives. But they’re the exception, not the rule. These items are allowed into our lives as a break from the norm, as short events that increase our lives in different ways and are worth the price tag.
Some examples could be:
1.) Eating cake with your child on their birthday – there are so many advantages that come from this
2.) Having some drinks with an old friend who wants to speak – friends are priceless, this will not hurt you
3.) Enjoying cultural events by partaking in its foods and beverages – lots of things in life can not be substituted
So you understand. Living fit isn’t about sporting six-pack year-round (but can incorporate this) until you get married then embracing the beer belly. Living healthy is about a life of choices and actions that result in your physical improvement as your life continues out of phase-to-phase and relationship-to-relationship. The best thing I love about the fitness lifestyle is that it’s never too late to start. This is an awesome concept that has changed the lives of countless, myself included, and it can do the same for you if you so choose.
I challenge you to take a long look at lots of the lifestyle choices you currently make and think about ways to integrate a healthier fitness mindset to those things so as to create and build a lifestyle that will offer you a terrific degree of fitness in this moment forward.