Fitness can open up many personal opportunities in your life. By personal opportunity, I mean the chance to do more for yourself. This can take on many avenues.
Fitness makes you stronger in all aspects of your life. It gives you the ability to do more, therefore experience more.
Fitness gives you confidence. The more fit you become, the more you'll feel comfortable and feel like you can do more than you thought you could.
Several years ago the Spartan Race was coming to the Phoenix area and I was interested in giving it a try. I looked into it to see what would be involved. There are obstacles and running and some strength events.
Even though I would say I've always been at least moderately fit, I didn't think I was fit enough and I was very nervous about trying an event like that with challenging and unknown obstacles. Well, I didn't sign up that year.
Fast forward a year and I had to sign up. I couldn't not sign up this time. As nervous as I was, I signed up for the Sprint level race which is the entry level.
I got through it. My time wasn't great, but I was there to just do my best and finish. In the Spartan Race, each time you miss an obstacle, you have to do 30 burpees. I had 5 penalties so that was 150 burpees.
After the race I felt so different, so empowered. I had never done anything that physically strenuous before.
From that moment on I decided to enter and train for the Super which is the next level up. Again I was nervous because this race was going to be close to 10 miles and beyond anything that I have ever done.
After the Super, it was on to the Beast which is their most challenging race (before you get into their extreme level races). Beasts are anywhere from 12 - 15 miles long. Very challenging for an average joe like me.
So what does all this mean? For me, my confidence went way up. In the Spartan community once you complete a race, you're considered a "Spartan."
Since then I've done more than I would normally do. I've hiked longer and harder trails. It's not just, "I'm in better shape so I can do harder trails." It's more along the lines of, "I've done such and such and I'm confident, excited and I embrace this challenge before me."
Again, I'm just average, nothing special. However, I think that's part of the mindset. Fitness and confidence aren't reserved just for the young, good looking fit people.
Anyone can become more confident. Anyone can conquer their fears.
Anyone can get more fit and more healthy and that can transition into every part of your life. It can allow you to do more at home or at work. It can help re-frame your mental approach to life.
Just this morning, my mom texted that she had a water leak and wanted me to come dig and try to find it. I drove over there wondering how my current fitness level would hold up depending on how much I had to dig.
Luckily it was only about an hour of digging two holes until we found the leak. My fitness held while I was there working and for the rest of the day I didn't feel like the rest of my day was shut down because I was tired or sore.
That's huge on two main levels. The first is that I didn't want to not be able to dig the holes to help my mom. The main reason was that I didn't want to feel like I was less than or unable to help. In other words, I didn't want to wuss out.
No matter what it is, through improved fitness, you can do it. Your appearance, outlook and opportunities will all go way up.
As you evolve as a person, and experience more, you'll find more areas to focus your talents and passions.
Fitness pushes that evolution forward.
I have an acquaintance who, after getting fit, changed his perspective on life. He lost weight, did 5k's and obstacle races. He decided to quit his job and become a personal trainer and boot camp instructor.
All because of his fitness and improved confidence, he no longer felt like he was trapped at his job. He took a chance on something he loved.
My step-dad, who is a native Arizonan has always had a dream to do the Grand Canyon rim to rim. This is hiking from one side of the canyon to the other and then back again. This is about 24 miles of very tough hiking. He trained for it, did it and now he is much more active and healthy. He did it in his 60's.
I believe fitness can allow your mind to think more clearly and more creatively. This is because you are more efficient as a person. Your mind is clear. When you shed negativity, you declutter your mind and this tends to put more and more positive thoughts in your head.
This helps your self confidence and your relationships improve. Positivity and confidence can do wonders for you and the people around you. Not only do you feel it within you, but those around you will notice and their outlook toward you will change for the better.
If you are in business, if you're a parent, if you are a civic leader, confidence fueled by improved fitness improve all aspects of your life.
Get fit and get confident and go conquer your challenges.
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I'm just an average 40 something guy with a family who wants to help people get fit and healthy. I have a bachelor's degree in Physical Education (UTEP 1991) and a Master's degree in Kinesiology (Sam Houston State University 1993) I became a Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC) in 1994 from the National Athletic Trainer's Association. I became a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) from the National Strength and Conditioning Association in 1999. I have worked out (mostly) in some form or fashion since high school. I'm not super fit and I don't have a six-pack. I've don't Spartan and a few other obstacle races. I've done home fitness DVD's and worked out at gyms. I'm not a runner or a Crossfitter. I don't eat perfectly, but do understand it's importance. There are too many people who are not healthy and too many people who don't know how to enter the fitness world. There are too many personal trainers that are not qualified to work with people, especially beginners. There are too many false thoughts, gadgets, and expectations and I want to guide people down the right path so that they have success. If I share a product or service with an affiliate link, I either use the product or know the product. I don't know everything, but I know a thing or two.