Mind & Body
“It’s not the load that breaks you down, it’s the way you carry it.” – Lou Holtz
It’s been said that basically, there are 2 types of motivation.
- Internal – from within
- External – from outside yourself
In the fitness world, a person can have any number of reasons as to why they choose to exercise. Spring Break? Bridesmaids dress? (Internal) Or perhap the good doctor gave you a warning? (External)
BACK IN THE DAY
2500 years ago, to be fit in ancient Greece was civic duty. The stronger you were the smarter. The gymnasium became an institution of higher learning. In fact, before he became a great Philosopher, Plato was a wrestler. (The word Platon meaning broad, he apparentley had a nickname) Here, in the 21st century, fitness is often viewed as a “craze,” or a form of addiction. In a society becoming more and more sedentary I could not be any firmer than when defending my convictions about the importance of incorporating some form of exercise into a daily routine.
“Make fitness fun”, I’ve been told. “Oh, I’m gonna start, just as soon as I’m not so busy.” The fact of the matter is we make time for the things that are important to us every day. A 2015 study shows the average person spent, on average, 1 hour and 40 minutes a day browsing social media. Not surprisingly, here in 2017 those figures are higher. Much higher. Incidently, an excellent workout can be had in 45 minutes. That would give you, (in 2015) 55 minutes to surf Insta. Here in 2017 not so much time, but you can still get a few double-taps in for sure. Studies also show the more internal the motivation the more likely one is to succeed. For example, a person makes a concious decision to leave for work by a certain time in the morning to beat traffic. The internal motivation for that decision might be to not get fired.
So, fitness is fun. (A lot more fun than sitting in traffic.) Your not too busy. Take a break from all your important “socializing”, and invest in yourself. Don’t wait for the external to tell you you have exercise.
For more on the GREEKS, the origins of what we now know as organized fitness read INVENTING FITNESS Part I, available on Amazon.com now.