Friday, January 28, 2011

Fitness: It Just Has to Be

Any given day you can find stories of amazing people doing incredible things in the name of fitness.  My Twitter feed each day is filled with people posting euphoric updates about their grueling workouts and cheering each other on to achieve more. It can be inspirational as all get-out and I love it!

It can also be intimidating.  I mean, sometimes exercise isn't amazing. Sometimes the workout is just a means to an end: calories burned, body mobilized. We all live for those days when we feel like an Olympian, but sometimes fitness just IS. I think that's okay.

We have so much pressure in our lives to do more, be more, and achieve more.  We don't just run, we train for a marathon!  We don't just lose weight, we reclaim the body of our youth!  And sometimes, on the quest to achieve these amazing things, we forget that fitness doesn't have to be amazing. It just has to be.

You don't have to run a marathon.  Just run.
You don't have to have the body of a supermodel. Just slim down and maintain it.
You don't have to be amazing. You just have to be healthy.

It's not a cop-out, and I am not giving you an excuse to slack off.  It's just a reminder - fitness doesn't have to be a mind-blowingly awesome endorphinpalooza of achievement every single day. So chillax. But!

You do have to get exercise every day.
You do have to eat clean and healthy every day.
You do have to take accountability for your health every single day.

Some of those days will have you feeling like a superhero - those are great beyond words!  Some days will just be what you do because you're a healthy person.

And if you can do those things in this hyperactive world, that's pretty amazing.


Natasha Vaughn, Designer said...

Great post. I think sometimes seeing all that "over-acheivement" posting makes those of us trying to get healthy seem so mediocre but we have to remember that everything we are doing has to be for ourselves first and the rest of the world second. Forgetting that leads to frustration and ultimately giving up too often.

Tricia said...

LOVED this!

The (not so) Reluctant Athlete said...

Thanks Natasha - you said in two sentences what it took me five paragraphs. :)

Jessica (Fit and Clean) said...

Sometimes I wonder if all of those people that had all of these great workouts actually did...or if they are just making it better than it was. Great post!