For most of us, choosing to be fit is more an examination of will than a one time decision. Being "fit" covers an alteration in our lifestyle a whole lot more than simply embarking upon a fresh exercise or diet program. For me, the option came into being 15 years ago. I was about 24 years old when friends of mine convinced me to start likely to the gym as a group. During those times, I knew I didn't love the way I looked, so I believed it will be a good idea. How hard could it be? Well, it didn't take well before I knew the clear answer to that question. And to tell you the truth, during those times my workouts were not that difficult. But waking up at 5am to be at the gym by 5:30, certainly was, Also, since there have been 4 folks and only 1 really knew what he was doing, the workouts were VERY long. A long time once you mix in the water cooler talk that often took over some workouts.

So, after trying this method for approximately 3 weeks I still wasn't motivated nor did I look forward to training and was planning to quit. As luck might have it for me personally, 2 guys in the group beat me to it, leaving just myself and the sole individual who knew anything about training correctly at that time. That changed everything.

With just 2 folks now, we were a whole lot more focused and I got some great coaching on the basics. After having a month of 1-1 time, we started increasing the intensity of the workouts and mixing in a few really fun cycle classes. Somewhere within the next month, I saw a change. Not only in my appearance, but my outlook and attitude were all effected. At that point, I was hooked. I resolved consistently at the gym 5 times a week incorporating cardio, running and weights. I looked and felt good thinking this could always be my way of life.

And it absolutely was, until about 5 years ago. In 2007, my mother was identified as having brain cancer and turned my entire life upside down. I quickly lost curiosity about many of my normal activities including fitness. During the following 2 years, I truly let myself go and didn't much care to get back into the swing of things. A major life changing event can do this to an individual, and I was no exception. My wife became really concerned with my decline in fitness and began encouraging me to get back into it. I tried but absolutely couldn't get motivated. After much research and a difficult try the mirror, I was able to pull out the self discipline I once had. It was not easy, and it took lots of planning and hard work. So, today, I want to share what helped me conquer my fitness demons. Hope these help you.

The main reason I'm giving so much background of our fitness experience is showing that each and every folks will struggle in other ways with choosing fit. Lifetime fitness really isn't a "one size fits all" approach. Most of us have different situations that initiate our interest to getting in form, keeping us motivated and sustaining the lifestyle for the long term. However, I really do believe there are some common practices we can all adopt to help us overcome obstacles at some of these stages and become an improved, healthier and fit person.


Published by Samantha Brown