Achieving your Goals and Dream Life – Step Two
Last week we discussed the importance of creating a map for all realms of your life so that every initiative and action you take points you towards your goals and your dream life. Do not underestimate the power of Step #1 – that’s why it’s number one!
Today, we move onto….
Step Two: Get Physical!
Since I’m a fitness professional, you had to know we’d be going here right? But it’s true that it’s hard to be great if you don’t feel great. It’s hard to live your best life and achieve all your dreams if you’re not at your physical best. Unfortunately, more than half of our population is overweight or obese and out of shape. The International Journal of Obesity released a report that says we expend about 500-800 calories less per day than we did a few decades ago. All the labor saving devises like remote controls, escalators, elevators, moving walkways and the internet that are supposed to be making our lives easier are in fact making us sick and slowly killing us. If you think about it, that’s equivalent to a 5-8 mile run! That’s how much less we move our bodies today! Daily movement is absolutely critical to counteract our sedentary society.
The Surgeon General released a finding that said we need to move our bodies about 30 minutes a day to increase our health. The finding wasn’t referring to exercise but rather just being active with household chores, walking the dog, cleaning the house, mowing the lawn etc. I remember thinking that I can’t believe a government official would have to make a public announcement to just move our bodies 30 minutes a day. But the sad reality is that most people don’t. Think of the average North American day. We wake up, sit to have breakfast, get in the car and drive to work, sit at a computer all day perhaps working right through lunch with interoffice email not even requiring us to leave our desk to communicate with a co-worker, get back in our cars to drive home, sit to eat dinner and then lay on the couch all night watching TV. When you add up the actual minutes of movement it doesn’t even add up to 30 minutes. That’s a sad reality. But in America, instead of fixing the problem, we accommodate the problem. There are entire industries creating products and offering services to accommodate our bigger butts. We don’t want to make someone feel uncomfortable so we build bigger chairs and airline seats!
Something’s got to give and hopefully it won’t be our hearts.
So yes, you have to move your bodies – every day! And one of the things I’ve learned after being a fitness professional for 25 years is that exercise is 10% physical and 90% mental. My biggest obstacle when working with clients is helping them to change their mindset so they catch the ‘fitness bug’ and exercise becomes a lifestyle habit like brushing their teeth or taking a shower. In the beginning most people find exercise a chore and they actually hate it but eventually, if you stick with it long enough, you will notice your days are better when you workout, you may look forward to workouts and actually enjoy them! Eventually, you want to workout and actually need exercise and then you’re hooked for life!