Why Do I Care SO Much About Fitness?

Some people ask:  Why I do what I do?

Is it because I just love to work out so much and I'm like really healthy?

I always “eat good” and I have no problem staying “thin” or “lean” or whatever the word choice may be.

That must be why, right?...

Quick segway here- I'm reading a book called “The Way of the Seal” by Mark Divine and it's awesome by the way.. but what I want to mention is one passage in particular- it's about the concept of “DRIVE”

From the book, “drive is fueled by desire, belief, and expectation that we can achieve something extraordinary through our efforts. It feeds on discipline in that it becomes stronger as we commit ourselves at deeper levels to our pursuits.”

In regards to why I care so much about fitness - my drive comes from my desire to improve.

My belief that through hard work I can improve and expectation from doing it for so long, that the results will come in time with persistence and patience.

Now this all sounds great right?

Easy for me to say, right? I've been doing it so long it's natural for me. Must be like second nature. I can do it in my sleep. I barely have to try.

But for YOU it's not so easy. You don't know where to start. Or HOW to start. Or why you can't FIND the motivation to start to begin with..

This brings me to another passage in this great book. “How do we build drive? First, connect a major life interest to your purpose and define a mission around it. “

Divine goes on to say daily journaling is a great practice for ensuring that your purpose is in the forefront of your mind as you make decisions along the way.

I agree. Writing is a great way to keep your mind focused on your ambitions.

That being said, what is it about fitness that resonates with me?

Why do I care so much about fitness?

I know what it can do for you.

I know what it did for me. And I've seen what it can do for others.

People I've worked with all over the world. Clients I've worked with one-on-one.

The power of gaining strength is immense.

How transforming your body can literally change your life. Your outlook, your mindset, your perspective.

I know how much confidence it can give you. For a skinny kid who is shy and scared.

For an overweight girl who is ashamed and feels weak.

For a middle-aged man who feels his best years are behind him and he's on the way down, things will only get worse.

I know that feeling of overcoming a physical challenge in the gym. Breaking a new personal record. How awesome that is.

To go beyond what you thought you were capable. And do it over and over again.

It's powerful. And no one can take it from you.

You build it yourself. The challenge is you vs. you. The iron does not lie. It just sits there waiting to see what you are made of.

And you find out what you're made of in the process.

That process is intriguing. Fascinating to me.

And I want to share that with others.

To fire you up.

Light a spark and let you carry your torch.

Sometimes you just need that little spark. We all need it from time to time.

But you gotta do the work. And then you get to reap the rewards. After the sweat, the struggle, the pushing, pulling, squatting and dragging.

It's worth every minute of time you put into it and more.

This is why I am thinking fitness daily. Talking about it, sharing my thoughts, my experiences, my inspirations that come from who knows where.

Because I know how strength training can benefit you. How it can enhance your life. Empower you.

Build you up into a better version of who you are right now. No matter where you find yourself, no matter your background, age, weight, experience, lack of, location or equipment available.

It's that powerful. I believe in it.

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