You've probably noticed I talk about fitness A TON. A S#*& ton. Yet I'm not a personal trainer - I'm a self-development expert. And there's so much more to living a fulfilling, adventurous, authentic life than just rock hard abs, right? So what's the deal?
Fitness is the most incredible metaphor for pretty much everything else in your life, not to mention that the actual benefits carry over into other areas of your life as well. Let's talk about both of these positive effects of living a fit life.
Becoming and keeping fit is an obvious confidence booster. The better you look in your clothes the better you feel about yourself, yeah? But it's more than that. The confidence you gain from your physical ability can also give you confidence in other abilities you have too - at work, in relationships, in your daily decision making. How has this fluid confidence given you power?
A stronger body can inspire stronger emotions as well. I've found myself becoming braver in facing potential (or definite) conflict, processing things more carefully and clear-headed, and standing strong in what I believe matters most. I love this quote from Jane Fonda: "Refuse to be afraid that we will no longer be considered attractive & acceptable when we are strong." Where can you show more strength in your life?
My favorite aspect of a workout! If I'm not going to sweat through my clothes (clothes that are made to sweat in and cost a fortune), then why bother?! The choice to give your workout your all, every ounce of energy and power you have, is an excellent life practice. As we say in my beloved spin classes, "the way you ride your bike is the way you live your life." If you value hard work in the gym, you'll value hard work elsewhere as well. Where can you "turn it up" in your life to sweat harder?
Sometimes you have to feed off of and give to the energy of others. In spin class, we ride to the beat together like a pack. I love the sight of my feet in the mirror, pedaling in time to the feet of the people around me. When running in groups, like at a 5K or half marathon event, my times tend to be even better as I'm motivated by the force of my company of runners. Other times you have to be your own teammate. In yoga I may take note of the form of another yogi, but mostly it's me and my mat and my practice. When I run on my own, it's my breath and my thoughts alone that keep me going. In life, the skill of being able to share the work and a common goal with others is valuable. The skill to be self-motivated is as valuable or even more so. Which needs more practice in your life?
This is a big one. I used to put limits on myself based on what I believed was possible for me. "I'm not an athlete. I'm not a runner. I'm not built for that," are phrases that used to run through my mind or come out of my mouth. Even after I proved those things wrong, I continued to seek limits: "I can't handle more resistance. I'm not that flexible. I'll never do a handstand," are things I still catch myself thinking and saying. But one by one, little by little, I blast through every limit I create. How? Because those things were never true in the first place.
The focus word here is CAPABLE. I am capable of so much more than I actually do. I am capable of so much more than I actually believe. Can't handle more resistance? Put another turn on the wheel. Is that easy? No. Does it hurt? Yes. Can I do it? YES! There is nothing, or very little, of which we're incapable. So don't focus on what feels right or what you think you can handle or what's hard but not-too-hard.
If you're capable of more, do more.
Where in your life can you learn to see capable where there were limits?
That's pretty powerful stuff, right? The impact our workouts can have on every aspect of our lives? At your next sweat sesh, congratulate yourself for not only contributing to a fit lifestyle but to your own spiritual fitness as well! What have you learned about life from fitness? Share in the comments below!
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