I know it is a loaded question but I think it is a pretty important one to answer.
I will get things started and give you some things to think about.
Fitness should leave you feeling strong and vibrant. Fitness is well rounded and versatile with many forms from which to choose.
You can become a runner, a cyclist, a triathlete, a martial artist, a Spartan athlete, a yogi, a general enthusiast, a weight lifter, a power lifter, a hiker; you can be a soccer player, a swimmer, a Crossfit athlete, you can do group classes; the list goes on and on.
What do you enjoy?
What gets you results?
What will you keep doing?
What is good for you?
What inspires you?
Fitness is not a one-size-fits-all approach. I believe that if you want to sustain a healthy lifestyle for years to come, it is imperative to find the modalities that you will stick with and stay motivated to execute.
That does not mean living an active and fit lifestyle is easy. It takes a tremendous amount of work, day in and day out, to reap the benefits of living a healthy lifestyle.
But finding activities or sports that you enjoy will make things a little less demanding for you to commit to.
Fitness should not beat your body up.
Fitness should leave you feeling strong and vibrant.
Fitness should be consistent. and should, at times, be fun.
Fitness does not equate to six-pack abs. Fitness does not equate to tanned and low body-fat bodies.
Fitness should be individualized and set up for you to succeed.
Fitness should make you feel confident.
Fitness does not have be high intensity every workout. In fact, we want consistency; so controlling exercise intensity is a key component to sustaining a certain lifestyle.
What is the point if you are continually beating your body up, not recovering, or are always injured? That does not sound like too much fun.
I do not care if you are the fittest person in the world, training to your maximum, training to failure, and training at high intensities every training session is a recipe for bad things to happen.
Smarter training is better than harder training.
The moral of the story is that fitness is for everyone.
So ask yourself the question, “What does fitness mean to me?” Then find out what you enjoy and what you are willing to do to live a healthy lifestyle for years to come.
Once you figure out what you want, be consistent.
Do not look for a quick fix.
It is a long game!
If I can support you in anyway, please get in touch by emailing me.
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