Fitness The Greatest Investment?
may be the ultimate investment opportunity. And most of us turn our
backs on it.
Jon Benson was different. A
decade ago, he was obese and dying. By picking the brains of former
fatties who transformed into exercise and motivational heroes, Jon
modeled the crucial
parts of the health and exercise formula so effectively... he
had to pull out his driver's license to PROVE to his doctor that he
actually was his "former" patient!
The most amazing part of
this story isn't just that anyone can do it...it's that EVERYONE who
wants to can easily afford it!
Think of it this way. If you
are willing to make the commitment (investment) in your own health and
fitness, you will feel and look healthier, have an abundance of energy,
be more self-confident, more productive and discover a more joyous and
These are rewards that money cannot buy. You
know it, I know it. The questions is - what are we doing about it?
The fitness training investment becomes even
more attractive when you consider that there is absolutely no down-side
risk. Whichever way it goes, you win. How much better can it get? How
many times can you remember ever having a better offer?
The honest answer is
probably never, and yet many of us fail to act on this extraordinary
life fitness opportunity. We simply choose to procrastinate or ignore
the proven benefits of exercise!
What if a trusted friend
were to tell you about an investment where you could not
possibly go wrong...what would be your reaction? And what if there was
a virtual mountain of credible information that supported the
investment claims. Wouldn't you be inclined to take advantage of the
Although the answer to these
questions seems apparent, when it comes to investing in our health and
fitness - quality of life - we often choose to ignore what obviously
Life Fitness Hurdles
Here are a few reasons that
sometimes inhibit our willingness to "step out" and make a change or
take a chance with our life fitness:
- Looking at the "big"
picture can seem overwhelming. And the bigger the task, the more
overwhelming it can seem. Break the task apart into smaller pieces. If
you want to lose 50 pounds try losing 10 pounds and repeat the process
five times! Need to start fitness training? Begin with
short, simple exercises and then slowly expand your routine. Don't
exercise too hard when first starting out or you will become stiff,
tired, disillusioned and soon quit.
- Sometimes our vision gets
clouded. We lose track of what is really important. Forget about the
less important activities that tend to clutter our daily routine and
focus on exactly what needs to be accomplished to reach your health
- When you lack the
confidence to start something new, take a deep breath and try to figure
out why. Are you hesitating because you really lack the skill, or is it
just imagined? If it's real, try to find out where to gain the skills
you need or find someone with the right skills who can help. In the
case of fitness training, finding a qualified personal fitness trainer
can sometimes do the trick, but be wary...some PFTs are overzealous and
tend to start newcomers on programs that are too strenuous.
- Have you ever not wanted
to start something for fear of failure? Take the first step,
acknowledge the fear and the next step will come easier. Once fears are
acknowledged, they usually quiet down - even when you're talking life fitness.
- Sometimes we start to
think that a task is unpleasant or boring. Just like any other
activity, this can also be true for health and fitness. There are days
when we just plain lack the enthusiasm and motivation to continue. It's
part of human nature. On days like these focus on 'why' you are doing
it. Think about all the people you care about and who may need and rely
on you. What would happen if you became ill or disabled and were unable
to work for a period of time. Or worse, if you were out of the picture
completely. How would things change? If something happened tomorrow,
how would your family or business manage without you? What do you want
your life fitness to be like in the future? There are many tasks or
chores we do, that we may not like, but are necessary to live a happy
and productive life. Focus on the bigger health fitness picture.
- Indecision can be
defeating, but doing "anything" is better than doing nothing. There are
no wrong choices and very few choices that can't be undone or done
again. Can't decide on a particular life fitness program or routine?
Pick a few exercises and start with something simple. If you don't like
it, go on to the next exercise.
- Have you ever
subconsciously (or otherwise) invited distractions so that you have a
"good" reason not to get something done? Sometimes it's the simple
things like answering the phone or sitting down to watch that "one" TV
program, that distract us. If you really want life fitness, when you
find yourself doing this, take control of the situation and make a
conscious decision to do what you are avoiding.
- Life just seems too busy
to find time for some activities. Large, uninterrupted chunks of time
are very hard to come by. And if we're honest, when they do come, we'd
rather do something totally pleasurable! Fitness training has to become
part of your routine. It can't be an option. Make it a high priority
just the same as your career, and other areas of interest. You will be
surprised at how easy health fitness becomes when approached this way!
To reap the benefits of
fitness training, or any other health related endeavor, you must agree
to become a willing participant. This will require due diligence on
your part. And remember, as you embark on your mission to achieve life
fitness, you are investing in something near and dear to your
own heart...your life and a future of healthy living.