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Life Fitness The Greatest Investment?

Life fitness 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'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 fulfilling life.

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 opportunity?

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 works.

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 fitness goal.
  • 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.