Being Fit is Not Glamorous

Growing up I remember thinking, “if only I were fitter then life would be better. I would be more attractive. I would finally have the body I’ve always wanted. And I would be more healthy as well.”

I thought that once I became fit and healthy I would be able to cross off “health” from my hypothetical list for a couple of years. I mean, I accomplished my goal of being healthy, time to move on to the next goal…right? This couldn’t be farther from the truth.

Being healthy takes consistent effort. You are never really done. It is a never ending grind. It is very similar to other “adulting” responsibilities. Every week the laundry needs to be done, the groceries needs to be purchased and the house needs to be cleaned…only to have to do it again next week. Being healthy is no different. You have to wake up everyday and choose to exercise, eat right, get sleep, and drink water. It is not glamorous. It’s super mundane but it is good. In this blog post I am going to give some practical applications of how you can consistently do the mundane healthy tasks… and even enjoy it in the process.

  1. Find a Buddy
    1. Find someone to do whatever health task that is most draining to you. If working out sounds like a chore. Find a work out buddy. It will make it a lot more fun and you can learn their routine to switch it up. If cooking another grilled chicken meal sounds like the pits of despair, find someone to do a healthy dinner swap (you cook a healthy meal for them and they cook a healthy meal for you). This will revitalize your constant cooking grind during the week. The fact that you are doing the task with someone else will make all the difference.  (Ecclesiastes 4:9-12)
  2. Add Something Different
    1. It can be comforting to do the same thing every week or every day, but this can lead you to mundane mediocrity and apathy. Try adding one different thing to your work out or meal plan to fresh things up a bit.
  3. Make a Game Out of It
    1. I have noticed that people generally do well when they make a challenge or a game out of work. It’s like Mary Poppins taught us, when a job that needs to get done, add an element of fun and it’s a game. Try making a game out of exercising or cooking or clean. Maybe you try to conquer a new recipe in thirty minutes. Or you challenge a friend to do as many reps as possible in one minute. (Always practicing good form.)
  4. Stop and Tell Yourself “I am proud of myself.”
    1.  You work hard all the time. Tell yourself you are proud of what you’ve accomplished. Many times we forget to stop and celebrate small wins like getting your adulting in for the week.

Hopefully these help revitalize the adulting things you have to do. It’s important to enjoy the simple things in life every once in a while.

As always, it’s a pleasure to write to you all.

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