In the beginning of the Health & Fitness documentary SealFit20x one of the instructors tells the group:
“Find another person, turn to them and promise that before the day is over you will not quit, you will not leave them.”
He goes on to say:
“In the event you leave them, that person will be fucked.”
I highly suggest watching it.
There’s that word again. The one that when it comes to exercising, makes people immediately go back to scrolling through their feed looking at foodporn or better yet, places on Earth they’ll probably never visit.
For those serious about their fitness journey, please keep reading.
Keeping It Real
Obesity in America is at it’s all-time highest. If you don’t want to take my word for it, read here . Just two (2) months prior that, the CDC reported that 36.5% of adults in the U.S. have obesity and that it’s higher among those aged 40 – 59, or 40.2%. Childhood obesity is particularly alarming.
So how are those Bacon-themed memes? Before you answer that, what does it take to stay on the fitness track these days? An App? A trainer perpetually in beastmode? A doctor giving you some news?
“Make fitness fun.” is a common one I hear. “I simply don’t have the time”, is a big one too. Truth be told, you do have the time. After all, a report earlier this year showed that adults aged 35 – 49 spend, on average, more time on social media than those aged 18 – 34. Uh, not so fast millinials, some of the most dedicated people I’ve worked with over the years have been in their early 40’s, and mid 50’s. (And if that stat is true, then what are you doing on your phones so much?) Btw, 2016 report reveals mind blowing stats about millinials and their wine guzzling abilities. Just sayin’. I like a good Pinot (Noir) but sheesh.
Let’s call them “outside forces”
- Happy Hour – You know, those friends who just don’t “get it”.
- Over-worked – Let’s NOT get things twisted here. I’m not telling anyone to quit their job and spend all day in the gym. (Although, being a Fitness Professional can be very rewarding) I am saying if you are working yourself to the bone, exhausted, stressed, and frustrated because of your job – reevaluate.
To Thine Own Self
Hindsight is always 20/20. Take a good look at what hasn’t worked.
Ultimately it is up to you. No one can make you do anything. If you find a trainer accessible 24/7 please pitvme in contact. No one can make fitness fun for you. As with most everything, it’s what you make of it.
Which brings me back to the documentary. The participants’ in the program all chose to enter the course. And no ordinary course it is. It was created by a former S.E.A.L. They each made a conscious decision to improve physically specifically for their professions.
They were also told from the beginning to think as a team.
So, who’s on your team? Who can you enlist to help hold you accountable? Strength in numbers they say.
- Someone at your gym
- A neighbor
Who can you turn to each week and say, “I will not quit”.
Instead of ” shoulda, coulda, woulda, say, “we did”.