Age, children, illnesses and income often become the excuses for why we don’t pursue optimal health.
By buying into that, we are not connecting the power of the mind with the power of the body.
How do you know you can’t do something if you haven’t tried?
Furthermore, how do you know you won’t be successful if you don’t push past the pain or setbacks?
The human body is certainly miraculous, with all of the intricate workings of the brain and other organs.
You’ve read stories of supposedly weak people lifting ton-sized things, thanks to adrenaline.
The body and the mind are powerful machines, which run very well when cared for, just like a car or any other complex contraption. You put in good fuel (real food), do maintenance to ensure it runs smoothly (regular doctor checkups). You also should address a problem as it appears so it does not worsen. After all, you don’t want the machine ending up in an expensive mechanic’s shop (hospital).
The first step toward caring for the machine is realizing what is keeping us from the best health.
Many people I’ve interviewed say once they understood what was at the root of the problem — whether they don’t understand what good nutrition is, fear of what other people thought, or even depression — they were able to attack fitness vigorously and courageously.
The next step is to find the support. Many of us have tried to go it alone. While we all may have the tools to pursue fitness, sometimes you need an extra push, some encouragement to get off the couch or constant reminders of our goals.
Then, realize it’s about a journey. A healthy lifestyle includes making small changes and tweaking them along the way. Getting leaner and stronger? Make another small change to continue to challenge the body.
After all, this is what the body was made for: to perform. If you love it, it’ll love you back.