Fitness Imitates Life

Fitness Imitates Life

Have you ever in your life walked into the gym and noticed how many different workout styles there are? At the gym I workout at, I’ve noticed the variety really runs the gamut. For instance, there is the woman who wears pretty much the same sports bra and spandex every day, on the same elliptical machine, doing the same workout for the same amount of time, at the same pace. Then there is the really big dude with giant pecs and biceps, who I typically see busting out sets of bicep curls and lateral raises using the biggest dumbbells on the rack, grunting through each veinpopping rep. There is also a man who looks to be about 80 years old, who’s workouts have a military air to them, with circuits of push ups, sit ups, and some sort of upside down pull up thing. And really, while we are at it, let’s not neglect those that don’t work out at the gym at all, choosing instead to go for a run outside, or swim, or those that really enjoy yoga, or those that workout at home to a DVD or other type of program. So much variety. It’s a lot like life, isn’t it? Some of us are like the woman who has her elliptical routine down pat. We like to know what to expect tomorrow, and the next day, and the next. Others are looking to push it to the max, constantly upping the bar, pun intended, striving for that next personal best. Some like structure, others like to keep things exciting in other ways, enjoying innovation and uniqueness. The thing that I have come to realize is, it’s all good. None of these people are really more right or wrong than the next. I realize that there are lots of people who would strongly disagree with me, but I think, if they are really enjoying whatever fitness program they are doing, then yay for them! Now, if they are just going to the gym because they think they have to put their time in, or they are working out but not seeing the results they are seeking, well… that is a different story.

Life – For me, it’s about staying present

I’ve noticed this huge correlation between my own fitness regimen and my life a lot recently. I am the person that thrives on challenge, excitement, and for lack of better words, changing things up. I get bored when I do the same thing all the time. That’s when I start to zone out and get disconnected from why I am really at the gym in the first place. Personally, I like my fitness regimen to be fun, exciting, and challenging. It keeps me engaged and really focused. I feel strongest mentally when I am working out for the sake of physically challenging myself, versus working out because I think I’ve got to get in my workout for the day. That being said, in the workouts that are the most challenging for me… there typically is at least one moment where I think to myself… I don’t know if I can do this. For a moment I wonder if I am going to be able to finish. But I keep going. I get through those tough moments where my legs are shaking, my arms feel like Jell-O, there are no “ups” left in my jumps, and I complete the workout. And when I get to the end of those physically and mentally challenging workouts, I always find myself thinking, “Wow I did that. I didn’t think I could, but I did.” Those challenging workouts are what make me feel happiest and fulfilled. It makes me reflect on how many times have I have said the exact same thing in life. I can think of a handful right off the top of my head. And yet, the most challenging experiences in my life are some of my most valued experiences. That’s me. BUT… who am I to say that this is the right thing for the woman on the elliptical or dude-man lifting the hardcore weights. Maybe they feel happiest doing what they do, not what I do. This is definitely a thought provoking idea, when we live in a world that can sometimes be very, “From what I’ve experienced I believe this, so therefore the same should apply to you, and you should do what I do” driven. I’ve come to this place where I share about what I have learned, fully knowing that some things will inspire, other things will not. And that is totally awesome, because we all have a different journeyand we are not meant to fit into some specific mold. So I want to ask, Do you see a connection between your fitness regimen and your life overall? Or have you also found that what is right for you in life or in fitness, is not necessarily right for someone else, or vice versa?

I would love to hear your thoughts in the comment section below.

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