Working out. Just the phrase itself sounds uninspiring for many people. We know we need to do it for various reasons, but knowing it’s necessary does not help us find the motivation to start and stay on track.
Many of us hit the gym with a goal: we want to lose weight, gain muscle, increase endurance and strength, or simply regain our health and stay healthy. However, if you take a look at these motives, what do they all have in common? You guessed it (perhaps): each is a physical alteration.
You know that age old concept that material things cannot bring you happiness? This can easily be applied to your body. A smaller shape, stronger muscle, a healthier heart, or a healthier body, no matter how noble the aspiration, is still an aspiration for a thing.
And this is not where happiness resides.
There may be a moment when it is obtained where you feel elation, but eventually reality settles back in and you find yourself searching for a new goal that you think will bring you that sustained joy, only to get to the top of that hill and see an even higher one that might be better. Thus you repeat the cycle. No wonder finding motivation in a physical aspiration is so difficult: there is no ultimate happiness! (Even for an athlete.)
Working for a physical result is all well and good, but if you don’t have a solid appreciation in the present and respect and awareness for the energies your mind creates, then you will not see the happiness you so desire, even when your washboard abs are staring you in the face.
This is the conundrum I am here to work through with you in this blog. Together we will explore the balance of the mind with the body so that the result we seek is to desire no result, just an appreciation for the now, because that's all that we have. Together we will explore how a healthy body in tune with a healthy mind will bring us closer to each waking moment, leaving us fulfilled and present.
I don’t have all of the answers, and I will be the first to confess I don’t have this skill perfected at all, but that is why I am creating this blog. As a fitness professional I aim to seek it each day and to share what I learn with you as I go.
The mind and body are not two separate entities, but work together as one, infinitely intertwined. The mind and body do not exist in the past or the future. They exist now. Today. This minute. Let’s find out what that means. Let’s do this guys. Let’s get our mind-bodies connected to the moment and all the inspiration to move that comes with it.