Fitness is a tool utilized to connect to what is essentially, human. Sedentariness, convenience, and the on-the-go, not-enough-time-in-the-day lifestyle that has infested societies across the globe, has stripped away what it means to be purely human.
Fitness is a way to connect the mind to the physical self. It will humble you. It will unapologetically make you fully aware of your strengths, as well as your weaknesses. Fitness serves as a reminder of how powerful we truly are and what our mind can achieve and mold into physical form.
We experience this reminder frequently with our clients. Something as simple as being able to do one pushup, when never having been able to do one before, lights a fire in that person’s heart to explore their abilities further. The same goes for that infamous “second wind” that runner’s experience and describe as the “runner’s high”; the body is achieving what the mind thought it could not.
Why does any of this matter? Why is it important to understand the relationship between fitness and human? Maybe you aren’t quite aware now, if you are of a younger age bracket. You will however, be harshly reminded as your age reaches the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s. Tasks such as getting up steps, getting off of the toilet, and carrying groceries into the house become taxing. Forget about the specifics such as increasing muscle mass, losing fat, or benching double your body weight; fitness improves quality of life.
It is imperative to remember that the body cannot withstand years of neglect.
As we age, we reflect on what we should have done. Please, do not allow fitness to be on that “should have” list. It is a must; for now, and for the remaining years of your life.