New Year, same crap?
For some of us, the new year signals a fresh start. People make resolutions, execute them flawlessly for a week or two, and then move on only to try again next year….
But fitness isn’t like learning to play the guitar. It’s not like learning to speak another language, writing a book, or even like spending more time outdoors. It’s a life and death barometer. It, quite literally, is one of the primary factors for how long you’ll and how well you’ll live your life.
It determines how mobile you’ll be when you age. It determines if you’re susceptible to a lot of major health issues. Fitness isn’t a skill. It isn’t a hobby. Fitness is your health and your life even if you don’t engage enough.
I’m not trying intentionally to be dramatic, although in my opinion, it is a dramatic topic only because most people don’t prioritize it. Many don’t think it’s important.
What is money without longevity? What is success? What is family? What is the value if we don’t prioritize our health in able to enjoy it for the long haul?
Fitness is family. Fitness is health. Fitness is wealth and it’s happiness. It’s being able to enjoy every minute of every day we are given on the face of this planet.
Fitness isn’t about being selfish. It’s about giving yourself, your family, and your friends the greatest gift of all. You. For as long as you possibly can.
No citizen has a right to be an amateur in the matter of physical training…what a disgrace it is for a man to grow old without ever seeing the beauty and strength of which his body is capable.
[this of course applies to women too, damn sexist Socrates…]
And while we don’t all have to be pro football players, we do owe it to ourselves to the best version of ourselves that we can be by exercising regularly.
And don’t get us wrong; You don’t have to be in shape to be a good person, but you do have to be healthy enough to be alive to enjoy it.
If you don’t exercise or eat as well as you seek knowledge and try to serve your family, friends and neighbors, you’re doing yourself and the world a great injustice.
Make this New Year the New Year you give the greatest gift of all to yourself and others: Your health.
Life is short. Be a good person, laugh and read often, be nicer to yourself, and workout hard, workout regularly, and fuel yourself with good nutrition.
Make 2018 the year you start prioritizing you, for yourself, your family and your friends.