Fitness is about more than just getting in shape or looking good. It’s an opportunity to learn valuable life lessons that can be applied to all areas of life. Here are five lessons that I’ve learned through fitness:
1. You have to move, it's really that simple!
One of the most important lessons I’ve learned through fitness is the importance of movement. It doesn’t matter if you’re running, lifting weights, or doing yoga – what’s important is that you’re moving your body. Even a little bit of movement each day can make a huge difference in your overall health and wellbeing.
2. Motivation is fleeting. Discipline rules.
Motivation is a great starting point for any fitness journey, but it’s not enough to sustain you in the long run. When motivation wanes (as it inevitably does), it’s discipline that will keep you going. Whether you feel like it or not, you have to show up and do the work.
3. Discomfort is a good thing.
As anyone who has ever lifted weights or gone for a run knows, there is often discomfort involved in fitness. But rather than running from discomfort, I’ve learned to embrace it. Pushing through discomfort – whether physical or mental – can lead to growth and improvement.
4. There is no such thing as perfection.
When it comes to fitness (and life in general), there is no such thing as perfection. You will make mistakes, you will have setbacks, and things won’t always go as planned. It’s important to remember that progress is more important than perfection.
5. No one is going to do it for you. Show up for yourself.
Ultimately, the responsibility for your fitness (and your life) rests on your shoulders. No one can do it for you – you have to show up for yourself. That means making time for exercise, prioritizing self-care, and taking care of your mental health.
In conclusion, fitness has been an invaluable teacher for me, and I believe that anyone who takes the time to make movement a part of their life can learn these valuable life lessons too.