Fitness is a lifestyle
I wanted to talk about how fitness can change your life, and how getting fit was the best thing that ever happened to me. I think you’d be hard pressed to talk to someone who “got fit” and hear them argue anything else. Quite simply, getting fit completely transforms the way you view the world and your own capabilities within it. While that might sound a bit grandiose, it’s completely true.
My Favorite Fitness Benefits
If I had to boil my favorite benefits of getting fit down to a few items:
1. It gives you the confidence to tackle anything.
This is probably my favorite part. A lot of people think “Oh, once i’m fit all the sudden the opposite sex will be all over me!”. Sorry to burst your bubble, but that doesn’t happen. You might get a LITTLE more attention from the opposite sex (or the same sex if that’s your thing), but you wont be sailing the thigh’s high tides just because you’re ripped now.
The REAL benefit of getting fit is you realize that you’re capable of anything you set your mind to. Sorry to sound a little cliche, but it’s true. The realization that you CAN have what you want is so empowering. No longer do you look at something and think “Oh, i wish i could have that”. You start to think “I totally CAN have that”.
2. You start to “command your time”.
To build on the idea of being confident in tackling anything, you start to think more about how you spend your time and if it’s valuable to you.
For example, before I started exercising religiously I used to play video games ALL DAY. I’m not about to knock you if that’s your thing, because video games are super fun. However, I started to realize that the “benefit” I thought i was getting by playing them wasn’t real. What I REALLY craved was just social interaction with friends and the feeling of accomplishment by conquering something.
I discovered that there were plenty more productive outlets where I could get this same feeling. I came to the realization that my time is CLEARLY better spent doing something like:
– talking to a friend and listening to their problems, working on my active listening skills
– going for a hike with friends, getting exercise and socialization
– taking a new friend to the gym and helping them with their workout
These are just examples, but I just wanted to highlight the fact that there tends to be a productive outlet that fulfills your “unproductive cravings”.
3. You discover your passions.
A lot of these points tie into the idea of developing your confidence, but this one is a big deal for me too. If I hadn’t have dedicated so much time towards developing myself physically, I probably never would’ve rediscovered my love for snowboarding or started mountain biking.
Before I got fit, I wouldn’t have had the confidence to try boarding or biking again because I viewed myself as incapable. I wasn’t the “athletic type who could have with extreme sports”, I was “a nerdy dude who works a desk job”.
Wrapping it all up
In conclusion, the mental development that I got from exercising gave me the confidence to pick up snowboarding again. Further, the physical development made it THAT much easier to stick with it. When you have the endurance to do something all day, day-after-day, it’s definitely confidence inspiring.
Well, that’s it. You build confidence by getting fit, and confidence is beneficial in so many ways. I bet you were expecting a list of things like “oh, I can bench 450lbs now” or “I have 18 inch arms”. While those things are great, I think they pail in comparison to the mental benefits you get from developing your fitness.
Check this out if you want to read more about the benefits of lifting!