Maintaining a Fitness-Oriented Lifestyle
When I asked how you should handle days when you are not exercising, when you are not eating according to a meal plan, or on the days when you are not planned to participate in a physical fitness event of any type, I received a number of responses. We commonly refer to these as “off days” or “relax days,” and some people even refer to them as “off-seasons,” and I believe that these labels are quite apt. I believe that the most important notion or concept that those of us who participate in and live the fitness lifestyle must have is that our bodies are never at rest. It is only after you are dead that your body comes near to doing nothing; this is known as rotting. When you are alive, your body is still doing something; this is known as deteriorating. To be more serious, we need to understand that maintaining a healthy lifestyle is more than just going to the gym or eating a series of well-planned meals; it is a way of life in and of itself. However, although the media and marketing do a fantastic job of selling things, they have also given many people an inaccurate image of what it means to be fit, how it should appear, and how to live a healthy lifestyle.
Popular ways of thinking to prevent
I speak with folks who are involved in bodybuilding and physique competitions on a regular basis. These are sports that I enjoy and appreciate on a personal level. Because of the large number of outstanding players in these sports, they have always had a special place in my heart as some of my favorite people and friends. While the majority of people (though not always the athletes themselves) prefer to mislabel these individuals and mistakenly believe that they are the ultimate embodiment of the fitness lifestyle, this is not the case for the athletes themselves. I can assure you that, in the vast majority of situations (there are exceptions), nothing could be further from the truth than what you are being told. For the better part of my life, I’ve followed that lifestyle, so I understand what you’re talking about.
When it comes to fitness lifestyle efforts, the vast majority of these people, in my opinion, only participate in them around the clock when it is time to prepare for a competition. Many of them will not workout for weeks at a time throughout the rest of the year, they will eat whatever they want and indulge in binge, physically gorging themselves on food, and then they will flip around and engage in severe dieting techniques in order to prepare for their show. Furthermore, most of the individuals I’ve met who participate in these sports (including myself at one point) only exercise and eat “clean” at certain periods during the year during the years in which they are competing.
Great swings in body weight, steroid usage, and continuously shifting dietary patterns all take their toll over time, and it’s no surprise that they do. Once their lives have progressed past the stage of competition, the majority of them tend to become leisure exercisers, and as a result, they have the same physical fitness deficiencies as the majority of the general population. We must ensure that we develop lifestyle qualities that will last long after our days of competition are through, even if sport is a fantastic way to keep in shape and have a good time with our friends and family. After years of battle, I can tell you that this is a great task for anyone who used to compete in bodybuilding competitions.
Learn More About Yourself It’s going to be a long and winding road.
In order to live fit (for life), you must first become aware of your body’s fitness deficiencies and then build a lifestyle that will both improve and sustain those deficiencies at a high level. It’s truly that straightforward. It is not a lifestyle in which you get ripped up for the summer and then gain all of your weight back in the fall. Sure, there are instances when a fit person may opt to focus on a specific element of fitness and significantly enhance it in order to reap the benefits of doing so, but the important thing to remember is that there is no end point to improvement.
This is a fundamental notion that is both basic and lacking from the lives of the majority of people. The pursuit of a healthy lifestyle never ends. It doesn’t end when you stop participating in a sport, it doesn’t end when you get married, and it doesn’t end when you start your own business, among other things. For individuals who maintain a healthy lifestyle, there is no ending point. Sure, we all experience failures, hardships, and obstacles to conquer; but, we persevere and overcome them. Our confidence in overcoming these obstacles, hardships, and challenges comes from our commitment to live a fitness lifestyle. In other words, we do not change our way of life in order to cope with problems; rather, we deal with problems while keeping our way of life. As simple as this may seem, I’ve discovered that it is, in fact, the most difficult element of maintaining a healthy lifestyle that most individuals must cope with.
It goes without saying that there are meals, days, and moments when we engage in activities that are in opposition to our fitness ideals and lives. However, they are the exception rather than the rule. These things are permitted into our lives as a departure from the usual, as fleeting occurrences that enrich our lives in other ways and are thus well worth the expense of allowing them in.
Here are a few illustrations:
Consuming birthday cake with your child has a variety of benefits that may be gained from this practice.
Having a few beers with an old buddy who needs to catch up – friends are precious, and this won’t damage you in the least.
Taking pleasure in cultural events by indulging in their food and beverages – there are many things in life that cannot be duplicated.
As a result, you get the picture. Living fit does not mean having six-pack abs all year (although this can be achieved) and then adopting the beer belly after getting married (although this can be achieved). Living fit entails a lifetime of decisions and activities that contribute to your physical well-being as your life progresses from phase to phase and relationship to relationship, and as you age. The most appealing aspect of the fitness lifestyle, in my opinion, is that it is never too late to get started. This is an incredible notion that has altered the lives of millions of people, including my own, and it has the potential to do the same for you if you allow it to.
For starters, I challenge you to take a close look at many of the lifestyle decisions you are currently making and consider ways to incorporate a healthier fitness mindset into those decisions in order to create and build a lifestyle that will provide you with a high level of fitness from this point forward. You are capable of completing the task! Living a healthy lifestyle is a decision, and you have the power to make that choice.